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Hillary Clinton’s running mate criticized Donald Trump’s health disclosures on Tuesday afternoon, arguing that the doctor’s note his campaign released last year is short of “credible” and the latest instance of his effort to “con” voters.Watch the full speech here:
“The Trump campaign just feels like Trump’s next big con,” Sen. Tim Kaine said, linking what he described as an insufficient doctor’s note, reportedly written in five minutes by a personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns or shed light more light on his financial dealings abroad.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee launched the new broadside on Trump at a small campaign rally here in Erie, his first event on a four-day swing through Pennsylvania and Florida. With a folksy and warm way with voters, Kaine is an unlikely attack dog on the trail, but his speech here Tuesday amounted to the Clinton campaign’s sharpest critique yet of Trump’s personal health as well as his business dealings abroad, including 120 international projects and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s reported ties to the Russian government.
“He’s hiding his financial bill of health. He’s trying to cover up his web of foreign engagements and conflicts and interests. And he won’t even release credible information about his health,” Kaine told the crowd of 300 gathered here on a pier overlooking Lake Erie.
“Donald Trump, it’s time for you to come clean. Release your tax returns. Explain your business interests. Start telling the truth!”
Kaine also addressed accusations, fueled at various points this year by Trump campaign surrogates and some right-wing websites, that Clinton, 68, is suffering from a lack of stamina or an unknown disease. These claims, Kaine said Tuesday, are simply “conspiracy theories from the fringes of the internet.”
“Can I give you an up close and personal on this? I have been on the trail with Hillary for five weeks and I can barely keep up with her,” he said to scattered laughs across the pier, calling Clinton “one tough and healthy person.”
“She has been running on full speed for 17 months.”