Kaine: Virginia should consider a statue of Pocahontas instead of Robert E. Lee

WASHINGTON – Pocahontas over Robert E. Lee?

Yes, Virginia, you do have a choice.

Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee last year, suggested Sunday his home state should take a broader view of history when deciding which of its citizens are honored with statues in the U.S. Capitol.

Each state is allowed to place two statues amid the marbled columns of the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Virginia is represented by statues of George Washington, the nation’s first president, and Robert E. Lee, a general who commanded Confederate troops during the Civil War.

But Kaine said Virginia could do better.

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