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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2524

VP pick Senator Tim Kaine came out blazing and inclusive

By Philip Fernando

Democratic party VP pick, Sen. Time Kaine (D-Va.), came out blazing with perhaps the best speech I had heard, during his long political life as mayor of Richmond, Governor and senator from Virginia. The Hispanic Kaine spewed out was fluent, and the Miami Beach Cuban crowd went bonkers. Kaine will have to work harder to best that speech when he accepts his VP nomination next Friday.

This was in stark contrast to the dim forecast of gloom and doom that characterized Trump’s themes last week. Kaine proved that he was amply qualified to be VP. Trump had repeatedly used the phrase rapists when describing some folks coming from Mexico—vowing to build a wall ten feet tall when he is president- Kaine took a more all-inclusive approach.

“Bienvenidos a todos en nuestro pais, porque somos Americanos todos,” he said. (“Welcome to all in our country, because we are all Americans”). Kaine continued to pivot back and forth between Spanish and English throughout his comments and at one point thanked naturalized citizens in the audience for choosing to become United States citizens.

Clinton echoed the view that “Senator Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, because I’m here with him, that Tim is qualified to be vice president.” She added “He’s a progressive who likes to get things done. That’s my kind of guy, Tim.”

Kaine African-Americans as a lawyer

Clinton said that one of Kaine’s first cases as a lawyer was doing pro-bono work representing an African-American woman who had been denied an apartment because of her race. She added that while Kaine was taking on housing discrimination, Trump was denying apartments to African Americans—referring to a well-known case of yesteryear.

Clinton stated that Kaine has vowed to fight for better gun control laws in America –She noted that “The National Rifle Association was headquartered in his state and that H Kaine wouldn’t hesitate to push for gun control.” She went on: “Make no mistake, behind that smile, Tim also has a backbone of steel. Just ask the NRA,” she said. His voice rising, Kaine repeatedly said “we will not rest” until the U.S. has gun control.

Trump set off alarms bells

Clinton also criticized the negative picture of America that Trump painted in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention and his claim that he alone could fix the country. “When someone says I alone can fix it, that should set off alarm bells in not just Democrats’ minds, but Republicans’, independents’, people of all ages and backgrounds,” she said. “That is not a democracy,” she said.

The rally stood in stark contrast to Trump’s introduction of Pence, which was held at a Manhattan hotel last weekend. The GOP presidential candidate spoke mostly about himself for 30 minutes at the event before he got around to introducing his VP pick. And while Trump left the stage as soon as the Indiana governor stepped up to the lectern, Clinton sat behind Kaine as he spoke.

It is clear we are in for a toe to toe street battle during the next 3 months- Stakes are quite high. Kaine, however, set the tone with his remark: “Welcome All to our country” in both English and Hispanic.

Hilary Clinton is bound to use Kaine effectively in some of the battle ground states where the minority vote seemed crucial.

- Asian Tribune –

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, U.S., July 14, 2016.
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