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  Gov. Kaine stumps for Obama at Liberty University
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Oct 27, 2008 09:44pm
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News DateTuesday, October 28, 2008 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. Timothy M. Kaine won scattered applause from Liberty University students Monday when he spoke as a surrogate for Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, but not much support for some of Obama’s positions.

A buzz rippled through students assembled for one of Liberty’s three-times-a-week convocations when Kaine called Obama “a person of strong moral values.”

After Kaine talked about Obama’s ideas for the economy and national security, he brought up “issues on which there are some concerns” — abortion and gay marriage.

Kaine explained that Obama hopes to reduce abortions through health care, education and abstinence, but “Senator Obama does not believe in outlawing abortion or overturning Roe. v. Wade.” A low rumble of voices went through the crowd, along with at least one barely audible boo.

On gay marriage, Kaine said he and Obama both believe “marriage is between a man and a woman. It is a sacred institution.” Cheers rose from the audience as Kaine sought to continue by saying, “but, but … he also believes that gay or lesbian individuals who make a commitment to each other should have basic rights.”

Both cheers and jeers greeted that comment, as Kaine went on to say those rights should include the ability to make contracts, share medical care and pass along property to one another. “Those rights should be respected by a civil society,” Kaine said.

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