U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine offered stout support for President Barack Obama's policies Tuesday.
It's hardly surprising that a Democrat would back the president, but Kaine is running a tight race against former Sen. George Allen in a state with a track record of voting for Republicans in presidential contests.
"A few years ago, few imagined that Virginia would be a battleground state. Virginia had last voted for a Democrat for president in 1964, but we proudly cast our electoral votes in 2008 for President Obama," Kaine said.
Kaine is gambling Virginians will do the same thing in 2012.
"How did Virginia go from red to purple? We did it with grassroots excitement and hard work," he said.
Still, candidates will also have their records to defend, and on that front, Kaine praised the president for his, including the Affordable Care Act.
"[Obama] said he'd pass health care reform, and he did. He promised he'd fight for equal pay for women, college affordability for students and fair treatment for LGBT Americans--and he's kept his word. He's a tough leader who gets results," Kaine said.