As traffic piled up on I-95 in Virginia on Monday, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was trying to get back to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. after the holiday recess. He ended up stuck in his car over a 27-hour period, when the trip should have only taken him two hours, and used intuitive survival methods to keep himself warm and healthy, as so many other drivers had to do during that time.
When Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in 2016, finally made it to work he told ABC News he just wanted to eat. “I did it — 26 hours and 45 minutes. I am beat and I am very hungry,” he said, explaining he only had one soft drink and an orange with him for the trip. He also explained what he had to do to survive.
“I was freezing,” Kaine said. “It was about 11 or 12 degrees last night and you can’t just run the car all night long sitting still or you run out of gas, which you need for the next morning, so you kind of have to run the car for 10 minutes to heat it up then turn it off for an hour and then it gets cold again.”