Sen. Tim Kaine will not run for president in 2020

TIM KAINE AT THE DNC

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Sen. Tim Kaine said Thursday morning he will not be running for president or vice president in 2020.

He will instead run for Senate in 2018.

RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

“Tim Kaine’s decision to announce that he will not run for the White House in 2020 is a wise one. After the voters of Virginia go to the polls in 2018 to weigh in on his dramatic abandonment of virtually everything he’s ever stood for to be Hillary’s running mate, it would be very difficult for then former-Senator Kaine to get any traction at all.”

Kaine has a long history in Richmond and Virginia politics, dating back to 1994 when he was first elected to Richmond City Council in the city’s 2nd district.

In 1998, he was elected mayor by his peers on City Council, a position he held until 2002 when he was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia. While lieutenant governor, he served alongside current Senator Mark Warner who was then governor.

He then was elected governor of Virginia himself in the 2005 gubernatorial election, a position he held until 2010.

Since 2012, Kaine has served as Virginia’s representative, alongside Warner, in the United States Senate.