U.S. Sen.-elect Tim Kaine said the 2012 election in which he defeated former Gov. George Allen can be "epitomized" by a vivid dream he had while on the campaign trail in August in which he was stuck in a portable toilet.
"The dream was I was at a County Fair, I was politikin', I was shaking hands, and I had to duck into a Porta-Potty," Kaine said at the annual AP Day reporters conference at the state Capitol Thursday. "And when I'm in the outhouse, someone tips it over on me. And the contents of the outhouse are now completely covering my clothes. Worse they tipped it over onto the door so I couldn't get out."
But every rough-and-tumble campaign – or nightmare of being trapped in a Porta-Potty covered in feces – has a silver lining.
"I had one thought and the I woke up," Kaine said. "I got clean clothes in the car."
Fulfilling a campaign promise to try and "build bridges" with incoming senators from across the aisle Kaine said he has struck of friendships with the three incoming Republican Senators in his freshman class.
The Democrat Kaine said he has had fun striking up a friendship with Republican Texas Sen. elect and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, whose new office in Washington is right next door to Kaine’s.
"I’ve just kind of started to get to know him and we share – we’re passionate readers of histories and biographies and political books and we’ve started to do political trivia," Kaine said. "So during orientation we’ve started a very good dialogue with Ted."