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Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor running for Senate, said his remarks at a candidates’ debate in McLean on Thursday were not advocating for a tax increase, but rather stating that he was open to considering a minimum tax. (Associated Press)

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Tim Kaine, left, answers a question during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate while his opponent George Allen looks on. The two men, who are both vying for the Virginia Senate seat, held their first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Senate candidate and Former Virginia governor George Allen (R)speaks to reporters following the first debate of the 2012 campaign against U.S. Senate Candidate Tim Kaine (D), also a Former Virginia governor, at the annual AP Day at the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Tim Kaine, left, answers a question during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate while his opponent George Allen looks down. The two men, who are both vying for the Virginia Senate seat, held their first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tim Kaine, left, answers a question during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate while his opponent George Allen looks down. The two men, who are both vying for the Virginia Senate seat, held their first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tim Kaine, former governor of Virginia, answers a question during the first debate for the U.S. Senate seat from Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Tim Kaine, left, answers a question during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate while his opponent George Allen looks on. The two men, who are both vying for the Virginia Senate seat, held their first of three debates on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor, answers questions during the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate with opponent George Allen (not pictured) at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, right, waves to the audience after shaking hands with moderator David Gregory at the beginning of the 2012 U.S. Senate Debate on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Capital One Conference Center in McLean, Va. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine waves to the delegates from Virginia before addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine waves to the delegates from Virginia before addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, said voters will have a clear choice between political philosophies in November. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tim Kaine, Candidate for the US Senate from Virginia, former Governor of Virginia and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

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Virginia Democratic Senate candidate, former Gov. Tim Kaine addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Town Hall in Reston, Va., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) speaks on Saturday, July 21, 2012, as former Sen. George Allen, also a former governor, listens during the Virginia Bar Association's senatorial debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. (Associated Press)

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George Allen (top) and Tim Kaine, smiles as he addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Town Hall in Reston, Va., Thursday, June 28, 2012. Kaine and George Allen (not shown), another former Virginia governor vying for the same seat, told business leaders they oppose the massive government spending cuts that are set to kick in on Jan. 1, and they favor simplifying the tax code. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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George Allen (top) and Tim Kaine, former Virginia governors campaigning to represent the state in the U.S. Senate, are wooing female voters. Mr. Kaine’s initial TV ads are placed in shows with strong female audiences. He stresses his record, which Mr. Allen’s campaign counters, saying he was not “particularly successful.” (Associated Press)

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Tim Kaine smiles June 28, 2012, as he addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Town Hall in Reston, Va. (Associated Press)