Clinton and Kaine, in first campaign speech as running mates: ‘America not built on fear’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

MIAMI (WRIC) — In their first public appearance as running mates in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine focused on what makes them different from their political adversaries across the aisle.

Clinton spoke early and often of Kaine’s qualifications and compared them to those of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

“Sen. Tim Kaine is everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not,” she said. “He is qualified to step into this job and lead from day one.”

She then listed Kaine’s political history, from Richmond City Councilmember all the way up to the governor of Virginia and US Senator, while championing what she saw as his desire to “do good” for others.”[Kaine is] the leader that cares more about making a difference than making headlines,” she said.

“[Kaine is] the leader that cares more about making a difference than making headlines,” she said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In contrast, she spoke directly to a comment that Trump made at the Republican National Convention earlier in the week. In his speech, Trump said, “I alone can fix [the country].”

Clinton said that she felt selfless politicians, like Kaine, working with others, would fix America’s problems.

“We are stronger together and we will make the future better,” Clinton said. “When someone says ‘I can fix it alone,’ that should set off alarm bells. That is not a democracy.”

When Kaine took the podium, he addressed the crowd in Spanish, saying, “Bienvenidos a todos,” before turning to Clinton and saying, “We’re going to be compañeros del alma.” This translates to mean, roughly, soul mates.

Kaine expounded on his statement, saying that he and Clinton shared a common desire to help others.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“I spent most of my life in public service because I believe in doing everything I can to make a difference,” he said.

He attacked what he described as Donald Trump’s selfishness, and said, “When Trump says he has your back, you better watch out.”

Kaine concluded with a quote from Harry S. Truman, which he repeated twice in its entirety.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand,” he said.

He said that while times are tough in America, he believes tough people will make it through, and that “they don’t come tougher than Clinton.”

Trump, in a text to his own supporters, said Obama, Clinton and Kaine were “the ultimate insiders” and implored voters to not “let Obama have a 3rd term.”

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 Trump also pointed out accusations of corruption against Kaine via Twitter, and spoke against Kaine’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his perceived rejection of the policies of Bernie Sanders.

For more information on Kaine’s receiving gifts while governor, check here.

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