Tim Kaine reflects on campaign, looks ahead to work in Congress

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Tim Kaine is back to represent his home state of Virginia.

"One of the things that I learned was that Virginia is a great microcosm for the nation, pretty much any issue someone asked me about I was able to say well in Virginia we dealt with that let me tell you the way I think about it," Kaine (D-VA) said.

From campaigning to suffering defeat, Kaine had a whirlwind six months. But he is gearing up for a new year in his main role, as Virginia senator.

“You know the committees I have are really important, Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Budget and the Aging committee, I don’t know why they put me on the aging committee. But there are very important committees," Kaine added.

From social security, to the military, to career and technical education.
The senator says he looks forward to returning to the issues that matter to his constituents from the senate.

As far as working with the next administration. Remember this exchange with Mike Pence during the vice presidential debate?

"Senator I’ll work with you when you go back to the senate I promise you. We'll look forward to reforming the immigration system," Mike Pence said.

"I look forward to working together in whatever capacities we serve in," Kaine added.

That was then, this is now.

"It will depend what the Vice President does with Congress but look if he’s going to be working with Congress we all need to work together," Kaine said.

Kaine and Pence also butted heads on Russia. Now, Congress plans to investigate Russia’s alleged hacking before the election.

"The issue is what do we do to protect the integrity of our elections. And we have to do that so that citizens can understand and feel confidence in the electoral outcome. So we will be working on that and I hope it will be bi-partisan," he added.

Kaine is trying to leave the election behind him and says what he learned on the campaign trail will stay with him for many years to come.

"I met people around the country who are passionate about these issues too who can hopefully help me make some things happen here," Kaine said.

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