Woody Kaine May No Longer Be Out Of The Spotlight

by Margaret Judson

In less than a week, the two vice presidential candidates, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) will go head-to-head to debate the most pressing issues of this election cycle. But there's much more to these candidates than toeing the line on talking points. Their families and backgrounds will play a role in the perception of the candidates and have an impact on the camps they're backing. One of Kaine's strengths is his wholesome family, which makes me wonder: will his son Woody Kaine be at the VP debate?

Woody is Gov. Kaine's second child between oldest son Nat and daughter Anella. There's not an overwhelming amount of info on Woody as he's been understood to fly under the radar, but the middle child might make an exception for his dad's big moment on the debate stage.

Kaine proudly introduced his family to the world in his speech at the Democratic National Convention:

I want to thank my beautiful wife Anne and my three wonderful children, Nat, Woody, and Annella. Nat deployed with his Marine battalion two days ago to protect and defend the very NATO allies that Donald Trump now says he would abandon. My parents and in-laws are here, our siblings and their spouses, our nieces and nephews ...

Kaine's first son has come up before in his U.S. Senate race against Republican George Allen when he defended his reputation on military issues. Kaine proclaimed to Allen:

You and I are both fathers. I have a son who has started a career in the military. I will not do things that will hurt the troops or defense. I will not do things hurting veterans.

Now, Woody's popping up on the radar, as well, as his father gets closer to the White House. The middle Kaine studied at Carleton College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota. Based on his personal blog, Woody has an interest in film. He's not the only Kaine kid interested in the arts. His younger sister, Annella, is currently a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

While Nat has been deployed and, thus, will likely be a no-show, there is a good shot that Woody will be in attendance at Longwood University.