President Obama isn't the only prominent Democrat tap dancing around the question of gay marriage this week. On Tuesday, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine performed policy pirouettes as reporters tried to pin down the Virginia Senate candidate's position on the hot-button social issue.
"Sure," Kaine replied, when asked if he'd share his stance.
Then, over the course of several minutes, he groped for middle ground at a breakfast sponsored by Third Way, a centrist think tank.
"The number one issue," he explained," is should committed couples have the same legal rights and responsibilities and the answer to that is an unequivocal yes."
Kaine noted he'd opposed an anti-same sex ballot measure in Virginia.
"I believe in the legal equality of relationships," he said firmly, in hopes of shifting topics. But what about same-sex marriage, the questions continued?
"Is it marriage, is it civil unions, is it domestic partners? I kind of let that one go," he said.