WASHINGTON — Tim Kaine personally opposes the death penalty, the moral stand of a staunch Roman Catholic who regularly attends Mass and whose church believes executions to be wrong.
Yet as governor of Virginia, the Democratic vice presidential nominee allowed the execution of 11 men.Now, I can sort of understand this position. It is a rather libertarian pro-life argument. But the Catholic Church considers abortion to be murder. If Kaine purports to be a good Catholic, he is saying abortion is murder, but the state shouldn't interfere in murder.
The death penalty is part of a political tightrope Kaine has walked for almost two decades, trying to balance his Catholic faith with policy positions that are at odds with the church's teachings. He also personally opposes abortion, for example, but supports the right of women to choose to have one.
Does anyone else find this strange?