RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When you head to the polls on Election Day on Nov. 6, you’ll see three names on the ballot for U.S. Senate -- incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine, Republican Corey Stewart and Libertarian Matt Waters.
Get to know each of the candidates in our interviews below:
Kaine has been a U.S. senator since 2013. He’s also Virginia’s former governor and Richmond’s former mayor. He was Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential candidate two years ago.
Kaine is seeking a second term. He said his priorities are keeping America safe, building up the Navy and reducing veteran unemployment. He’s proposing the government offer Medicare X, healthcare coverage consumers could buy.
“Since Medicare doesn't have to cover a profit, a return to shareholders…that would be a policy that would be affordable, and many people would like that as an option to be able to buy Medicare X and I think that would bring down costs,” Kaine said.
Kaine also wants to continue creating career and technical job training for students to fill Virginia's hard-to fill jobs.
“What we need to do there, is make sure our students, all of our students are getting a more robust exposure, probably in middle school, to the breadth of careers because kids know what their parents do and what their teachers do, but they don’t understand the whole spectrum of work,” Kaine said.
Stewart was first elected as chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in November 2006. In previous state races, he ran for lieutenant governor in 2013 and came close to getting the GOP nomination for governor in 2017, which led to his decision to run for U.S. Senate.
Stewart’s top goals are to make the Trump tax cuts permanent and secure the border.
“I put it in place in Prince William County 10 years ago, a very tough crack down on illegal aliens who are committing crimes, it brought down our crime rate in half,” Stewart said.
Stewart wants to repeal the use of Affirmative Action in college admissions and repeal the Affordable Care Act, arguing premiums and deductibles have shot up.
“So how do we fix that? We allow Virginians to buy their healthcare insurance over the state line. That will provide the competition. Right now, in Virginia, you only have a couple of insurance companies you can buy your insurance from,” Stewart said.
Waters is a life-long Virginian who has spent decades raising money for candidates, ballots initiatives and nonprofits. This is the first time he’s running for public office.
Waters is a political consultant whose top objective is to cut spending, particularly by reprioritizing the military.
“I think we need to reprioritize and pull troops out of watching overseas other countries. We're in Germany, we have 42,000 troops, 28,000 troops in South Korea, 50,000 in Japan. I think it's time to bring those troops home, and reprioritize our strategy,” Waters said.
Waters favors privatizing many government services to cut costs and increase efficiency.
“You have to look at energy, you have to look at environment. You have to look at education, you have to look at retirement and social security and Medicare and Medicaid. And we need to re-evaluate those things,” Waters said.