Kaine says he’s worried about a war with Iran, not impeachment

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Photo by Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

While one of his Virginia Democratic counterparts in the U.S. House is calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine isn’t as quick to do the same.

“They’re grappling with what they’re going to do and if and when it comes to the Senate, we’ll take it seriously but there are so many issues,” Kaine said Tuesday at a panel discussion on teacher retention in Petersburg. “I really am worried that the president is going to blunder us into a war we shouldn’t be in, in Iran.”

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th, said last week that the president should be impeached for several reasons, including obstruction of justice and tax fraud, The Washington Post reported.

Beyer also said Trump shows an “utter contempt for the Constitution from the moment he took office, but we are now faced with evidence of actions that strongly resemble high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But Kaine said right now, he is preoccupied with decisions Trump is making in the Middle East.

Trump has tightened sanctions on Iran in recent weeks and sent additional military resources to the region, stoking fear that the countries may be headed toward conflict. Trump has said that’s not his intent.

Every day I’m doing work on can we rewrite the Higher Ed Act, can we stop the president from getting us into a war we shouldn’t be in? That’s what I need to be focusing on more than what should the House do,” Kaine said.

Kaine is also waiting to throw his support behind a Democratic challenger to Trump in 2020, unlike some of Virginia’s representatives in the U.S. House.

U.S. Rep Donald McEachin, D-4th, endorsed Joe Biden earlier this month and Beyer endorsed Pete Buttigieg in April.

Kaine isn’t ready to make a choice.

“I don’t mind endorsing early, I’ve often endorsed early,” said the one-time vice presidential candidate. “I just don’t have yet the feeling in my gut like, ‘That is the person,’ so I’m paying attention to the debates and everything going on just like everybody is.”