Kaine in 2002: Clinton should have resigned over Lewinsky scandal
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KainePoll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report MORE's (D-Va.) remark came in 2002 amid a sexual harassment scandal surrounding the then-Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican Vance Wilkins.

The Daily Beast pointed to a Richmond Times-Dispatch article found in the news site’s archive that quoted then-Lt. Gov. Kaine’s response to the scandal.

“’If the allegations are true, he should definitely resign,’ Kaine said, adding he held the same view about President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal,” reads the article from June 8, 2002.

“That is an intolerable way to treat women and it’s not something that the state should be dragged through,” Kaine added at the time.

The Daily Beast also quoted a passage from a Washington Post report:

“Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who may face [state Attorney General Jerry] Kilgore in the 2005 governor's race, likened the matter to the sexual scandal of President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky, saying, ‘If the allegations are true, he ought to resign.’”

The Clinton campaign pushed back on the Daily Beast report Wednesday, pointing to another Kaine quote from the time and his opposition to efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton.

“As the Associated Press reported at the time, Kaine characterized President Clinton’s actions as ‘not appropriate’ conduct, but he had previously been on record criticizing the impeachment effort,” Amy Dudley, a Hillary Clinton spokeswoman, said in a statement.

“He believes this election is about Hillary Clinton’s vision to make historic investments to create good paying jobs, make college debt free and build an economy that works for everyone, not re-litigating personal issues from the distant past.”

The AP report that Dudley refers to comes from June 7, 2002. It quotes Kaine saying of the Wilkins scandal: "When I read it this morning, my reaction was the same I had when I read about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair: this is not appropriate conduct. It's beneath the dignity of the office.”

This story was updated at 11:02 a.m.