by Scott Hopkins, reporting from Philadelphia
Because of travels this weekend (which included finally meeting my friend Lysis!) I didn't get to post full video of this event when it happened on Saturday. I only got to see a little bit of it when it aired, but I saw enough to know that Hillary made the right call (as usual). And now that I've finally seen the whole thing, I truly know what all the fuss is about. This was a powerful introductory speech that has gotten deservedly rave reviews from all corners.
Sen. Tim Kaine called Hillary Clinton his soulmate on Saturday, in his first appearance as her vice presidential pick in front of a crowd of 5,000 at Florida International University.I especially like this line, and I believe him:
And Kaine, who was seen as the safe and more centrist choice for Clinton, showed that even though he is self-admittedly “boring,” he is a skilled and natural campaigner who can reach out to minority voters.
The presumptive Democratic nominee introduced Kaine as “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” and a “progressive who likes to get things done,” before taking a seat behind him and beaming as he introduced himself to the crowd.
“For many of you, this is the first time you’ve ever heard my name,” Kaine said. “But that’s OK because I’m excited for us to get to know each other.”
Kaine sketched out his personal history — helping his dad in a steel shop in Kansas, marrying his wife Anne Holton (“the best decision of my life”), working in Honduras with Jesuit missionaries, and becoming a civil rights lawyer fighting housing discrimination. He leaned into his considerable political experience, even in a year when antiestablishment feelings are strong, telling the crowd that he’s one of only 20 people in history who have served as a senator, mayor and governor.
Though Kaine is not an attack dog, he sounded a feisty note when describing how he had won statewide election in Virginia despite the National Rifle Association’s opposing him.In case you missed it, or just want to watch it again, watch the full video above.
“They’ve campaigned against me in every statewide race I’ve ever run, but I’ve never lost an election,” he said. “That’s just like an extra cup of coffee to me, folks! It just gets me more excited. I’m 8-0, and I’m not about to let that change.”