Ahead of the vice-presidential debate this week, a poll revealed Democratic nominee Tim Kaine and Republican nominee Mike Pence are largely unknown to voters.
And Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, is more unknown than Pence, the governor of Indiana.
Some 40 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about Kaine, compared to 33 percent who said they didn’t know enough about Pence, according to the NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll.
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As Kaine’s wife Anne Holton campaigned in Pennsylvania Friday, PennLive asked her questions to find out what her husband is really like.
PennLive extended the same interview request to the Trump campaign, but they did not respond.
While Kane’s policy positions and voting history are well documented, Holton shared details about one of their first dates, and his favorite sports teams, TV show, books and music.
Reports earlier in the week said Kaine’s favorite album is “Let It Be” by the Replacements.
He likes a wide variety of music, Holton said, and he frequently travels with multiple harmonicas.
Kaine has played harmonica with the Dave Matthews Band, the Grateful Dead and at bluegrass jamborees in Virginia.
The senator is known to share his playlists while on the campaign bus and plane, Holton said.
Some of his other favorite musicians and bands include Toots Thielemans, the Dave Matthews Band, Prince, Old Crow Medicine Show and more.
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Holton and Kaine are really into “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” a Revolutionary War-era drama that airs at 10 p.m. Mondays on AMC.
Kaine, who grew up in Kansas, still loves the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.
But because he’s lived in Virginia since 1984, he also cheers for the Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins and Richmond Flying Squirrels, a minor league baseball team.
Holton said her husband is constantly reading, and “he remembers everything he reads.”
“He has a near photographic memory,” she said.
Kaine typically prefers biographies and history books, but this summer he read “A House for Mr. Biswas,” a 1961 novel about a man’s journey to own a home.
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How they met and fell in love
Holton and Kaine were both students at Harvard Law School, where they worked for a legal assistance program that focused on inmates’ civil rights.
One of their first dates was to the rocky beaches of Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
Kaine even wrote a poem, Holton said.
“He’s a good romantic,” she said.
They graduated from Harvard Law in 1983, and they were married on Nov. 24, 1984.
Holton and Kaine moved to Richmond, Virginia, where they raised three children, Nat, Woody and Annella.
A couple weeks after the Nov. 8 election, they will celebrate their 32nd anniversary.
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What he drinks
Kaine starts with black, decaf coffee in the morning and switches to Dr. Pepper later in the day.
A true feminist
On stage Friday, Holton was telling Pennsylvanians why they need to register to vote before the Oct. 11 deadline.
Behind the scenes, Holton said there’s something else she wants people to know about her husband – he’s a true feminist.
Holton said while many people point out that she didn’t take his last name when they got married, it was never an issue with Kaine.
“When he says he’s a strong man proud to support a strong woman, he means it,” Holton said.
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