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Explained: Why The RNC Briefly Tweeted About Its New 'Willie Horton-Style' Ad

The Republican National Committee released an ad Monday that attacks Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for his record as a pro bono defense attorney and staunch opponent of the death penalty. The ad accuses Kaine of “consistently protecting the worst kinds of people” ? that is, the violent offenders whom Kaine represented in court, or on whose behalf he interceded as governor of Virginia.
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