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A Spiritual Search Led To Political Foundation

Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page B04

Here are some excerpts from The Post's interview with Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

Q [Did you] go to Honduras because it will look good during a campaign? You weren't thinking of office at all?

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A . . . it was a spiritual search. I had been in this very Catholic environment, and then . . . I sort of had all of those questions about organized religions. I kind of stopped going to church in college and early in law school. This thing about taking a year off to go work in Honduras . . . I didn't think of it this way at the time, but I look back on it, I was really looking for something to root what I wanted to do in. . . . It was good to get a little more of a foundation from that year that helped me stay on the path of what I wanted to do.

What kind of lessons have you learned from former governor Linwood Holton?

Don't worry about the next job. Do the right thing when you have the opportunity. As governor, he really, decisively turned Virginia's back on massive resistance and segregation and said it's time for a new era in Virginia. Doing that, and the consequences of that, meant that he never got nominated for another thing. . . . When he had the opportunity, he did the right thing. That is a powerful lesson.

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