FLASHBACK: Sen. Tim Kaine Says He's a 'Traditional Catholic' Who 'Personally' Opposes Abortion

Susan Jones | June 27, 2016 | 7:50am EDT
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) reportedly is being vetted as a possible vice president by the Hillary Clinton campaign. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "How would you describe your abortion position?" NBC's Chuck Todd asked Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Sunday's "Meet the Press."

"I would say people use labels all the time," Kaine responded. "But I'm kind of a, look, traditional Catholic. I don't like -- personally, I'm opposed to abortion, and personally, I'm opposed to the death penalty...

"I deeply believe -- and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They're moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.

"So I have taken the position, which is quite common among Catholics -- I have got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions."

Kaine noted that the Supreme Court on Monday is expected to issue a ruling in a case challening the "onerous regulations" Texas has imposed on abortion clinics.

"We fought those off in Virginia when I was governor because you have got to let people make their own moral choices when it comes to matters of reproduction, intimacy and relationships," Kaine said.

Kaine reportedly is being vetted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton.

"Don't believe the hype," he told Chuck Todd when Todd asked him about it. Kaine also agreed with Todd that he is not, as Todd put it, an "exploding volcano of charisma."

"I am boring," Kaine agreed. "But you know, boring is the fastest growing demographic in this country."

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