Tim Kaine and Mike Pence — Where They Stand

Tim Kaine

Iran

  • Early supporter of the nuclear deal with Iran.

 

Syria

  • Criticized Obama Administration for lack of involvement in the Syrian civil war and called for the U.S. military to be used to establish a no-fly zone.

 

Iraq War

  • Opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq to topple the Saddam Hussein regime and supported the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

 

Muslim Brotherhood Ties

  • Has been criticized for his ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.
  • In 2007, he appointed Esam Omeish to his state immigration committee despite Omeish’s status as the leader of the Muslim American Society, a group that federal prosecutors identified as having been “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” The Kaine administration initially accused critics of the decision of being bigots, but Omeish resigned once videos surfaced of him declaring support for Hamas and Palestinians waging jihad against Israel.
  • In September 2011, Kaine spoke at a dinner organized by the New Dominion PAC that honored a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect named Jamal Barzinji with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Kaine acknowledged the help his campaign received from his “friends” in the audience and asked for their support for his Senate campaign. Donors linked to Barzinji and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network contributed heavily to Kaine and the Virginia Democratic Party. 

 

Mike Pence

Iraq War

  • Voted for the 2003 invasion of Iraq to topple the Saddam Hussein regime and has never said it was a mistake. He also endorsed the 2007 “surge” and opposed the timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces.

 

Libya

  • Endorsed the U.S. military intervention in Libya and overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi.

 

Iran

  • Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran

 

Muslim Immigration to the U.S.

  • Criticized Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration but opposes resettling Syrian refugees in the United States. 

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.