With the potential of sequestration looming, Tim Kaine visited contractors in Merrifield, Va. with the intent to hear concerns over the large budget cuts set to occur starting in January 2013.
Instead, as reported by Fairfax News, the Democratic candidate for the Senate heard complaints about the processes of contracting and other observations about the sector.
Kaine told the audience he spent time learning the ins and outs of the procurement process as mayor of Richmond and as both lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia, James Hood reports.
According to Kaine, 43 percent of state contracts went to small businesses by the end of his term.
Touching on sequestration, he said the government should make investments that help grow revenue such as infrastructure, Hood reports.
Such investments could include work on road, rail, transit, broadband and water and sewage systems.