Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine sought to rally South Florida party leaders on Saturday with a vision of good times under Hillary Clinton, and offering a contrasting – and dark – view of Donald Trump on the economy, national security and climate change.
In describing the presidential candidates, Kaine said Clinton is better prepared than the Republican to keep the nation safe and fight the Islamic State.
"She understands that our safety is about our muscle, but it's also about our alliances. Donald Trump has a different attitude," Kaine said. As the Islamic State turns to small-scale strikes, he said those are most effectively thwarted by sharing intelligence with key allies. He said there was a sharp distinction with Trump, who he said wants to "build walls and tear down alliances." He said that is a "path to isolation and it's a path to weakness."
Kaine's appearance in Pembroke Pines came five weeks to the day after he made his first appearance as the vice presidential nominee, appearing with Clinton at a rally at Florida International University in west Miami-Dade County. He was back in Florida in early August, and said he'd return next week.Watch the full speech above.
"I'm really, really focusing on Florida," Kaine said. "Because it is so close, it's a place we're going to spent a lot of time."
Florida is getting so much candidate time and campaign money because it's the biggest swing state in November and it has a history of exceedingly tight elections. A poll of Florida voters released Friday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research showed Clinton had support of 44 percent of Florida voters; Trump had 42 percent,
"If we win Florida, it's over. Help us do that," Kaine said.