Arthur Drew was born in the state of Pennsylvania, in a rural farming and industrial community. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force, where he attended college while stationed in Washington state. He was also deployed for about a year to Vietnam. When his service was finished, he entered the private sector, initially focusing on aviation but eventually settling into the electrical servicing and manufacturing industry, in which he owned his own business.
Running as an Independent, Drew is critical of both Republican and Democratic policies, and he frequently speaks against President Obama's initiatives. He challenges the President's assertion that unemployment has dropped by nearly half since 2009, saying that their calculations flagrantly ignore those who have given up finding a job, and were made entirely for political gain. He also accuses the administration, and for that matter every administration and Congress in recent memory, of having service to corporate sector profits as their one and only goal.
Drew blames the phenomenon of outsourcing for the decline in American employment and the stagnation of domestic wages. He proposes the imposition of penalties on businesses that outsource labor overseas, with an emphasis on ensuring that these penalties cost more than a firm stands to save by shipping the jobs away. He also suggests using lower taxes, reduced interest loans, and other incentives to encourage companies to do business in the United States.
While he is sympathetic to environmental concerns and supports the Environmental Protection Agency's overall mission, Drew criticizes that agency's overly complex regulations, calling them confusing and saying they could leave private land owners unaware of whether they need to seek permits to modify their property. He calls for stronger oversight of the EPA to reduce its bureaucracy and provide clear, simple guidelines.
Drew is cautious on foreign policy, questioning American involvement in the Middle East and specifically against the terrorist group ISIS. He says that President Obama's commitment to help fight that organization will be felt well into his successor's administration, and he cautions that America's military should instead be used to secure the border at home.
Drew's strategy of using tax incentives to stimulate domestic business and industry is a conservative trait, while his support for government agencies like the EPA and his careful approach toward foreign policy are more leftist. As a result, most of his support is likely to be found among those in the center, who avoid politically veering far onto either side of the spectrum.
As a child growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, young Timothy would spend his weekends in his father’s iron-working shop while other kids in the neighborhood were busy acting their age. On Sundays, the Catholic family, without fail, would attend evening mass at 9 p.m. A decade later, Timothy Michael Kaine took a year off from Harvard Law School to join a Jesuit mission in El Progreso, Honduras to teach carpentry to youths. He would cycle to villages in the area to recruit students to the mission’s vocational center.
When the gangly, curly-haired young man returned to Harvard, he caught the eye of freshman Anne Holton, daughter of former Governor of Virginia, A. Linwood Holton Jr. The couple moved to Richmond, Virginia after graduation and married in 1984 immediately after he was admitted to the bar. Senator Kaine quickly established a reputation as a lawyer who was sensitive to social justice issues, and before long, he started his own practice, which would go on to specialize on fair housing laws. By 1989, a 31-year-old Sen. Kaine was appointed an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond.
The call of public service compelled him to seek a seat on the city council. He did so in 1994, and four years later, the economics and law graduate was elected Mayor of Richmond. In 2001, Sen. Kaine ran for Lt. Governor of Virginia and won a fiercely-contested race against Republican Jay K. Katzen. In a strange twist of fate, Sen. Kaine was sworn in by his wife Anne, who was then a Judge on the state’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
He went a step further in 2005 when he ran for and won the governorship, making him the 70th Governor of Virginia. Virginia limits its governors to a single term in office, so Sen. Kaine left the office of governor in 2010. The following year, Sen. Kaine announced his intention to contest for the state’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat, and subsequently, comfortably won the election in 2012.
Quiet and reserved by nature, Sen, Kaine has never been known as a flashy progressive. Instead, the fluent Spanish speaker is a pragmatic operator who gets things done by building bridges and developing coalitions, often across the aisle. With extensive private, executive and legislative experience under his belt, Sen. Kaine is poised for greater things in national politics. Perhaps, as the next Vice President of the United States?
First Vice-Presidential Campaign Appearance
Miami, FL | July 23, 2016