Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine Make Their First Appearance As Running Mates
Sen. Tim Kaine spoke publicly about his vice president nomination for the first time on Saturday at a rally at Florida International University in Miami. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton introduced Kaine as her running mate, ushering him to the stage under a newly unfurled Clinton-Kaine banner. It was Clinton's and Kaine's first joint appearance, and Kaine seemed to understand the weight of it all. "Let's go make history," he said.
Kaine, who's fluent in Spanish, addressed the heavily Latino crowd in Spanish when he first joined Clinton in the spotlight. "Bienvenidos a todos," the former Virginia governor and DNC chairman said.
The Democratic pair did not waste any time attacking their GOP challengers, fresh off the Republican National Convention. "Sen. Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not," Clinton said on Saturday. "He is qualified to step into this job and lead on Day 1. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done."
Kaine followed up with yet another dig at Trump, praising his running mate for being nothing like the blustery business mogul. "Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite of Donald Trump," Kaine said. "She doesn't insult people. She listens to them."
The senator spent some time playing up the similarities between he and Clinton — mainly, their good American values and their long commitment to public service. Kaine also touched upon religion, saying: "I’m a Catholic, and Hillary is a Methodist, but I tell you, her creed is the same as mine: Do all the good you can."
Kaine elaborated on he and Clinton's plans for America, showing just how in tune they are when it comes to issues like gun control, immigration reform and the economy. Kaine promised that the Clinton administration will implement new immigration reforms, including a path to citizenship, within the first 100 days of taking office. He added the gun control, including universal background checks, would also be a top priority.
[The NRA] campaigned against me in every statewide race I’ve ever run, but I’ve never lost an election," Kaine said.
As expected, Kaine focused a chunk of his speech on Trump. "You’re right, he doesn’t trash talk everybody," Kaine said of Trump. "He likes Vladimir Putin."
But the senator seemed less concerned with Trump and Pence, appearing confident about Clinton's ability to defeat the wall-building Republican ticket come November. He closed his speech with: "Let's go make history and elect Hillary Clinton the 45th president of the United States."