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Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s visit to Carnegie Mellon University Thursday began with a self-effacing joke.The very first part of the speech seems to be cut off, but the vast majority of it is here:
“My grades wouldn’t have got me here,” he said. “I had to [run for] vice president of the United States before I could come to Carnegie Mellon.”
But by and large, his 45-minute speech picked up where his feisty performance on Tuesday night’s vice-presidential debate left off: criticizing Republican nominee Donald Trump for statements like his assertion that taking advantage of tax breaks “makes me smart.”
"I guess what he's saying about us is we're suckers,” Mr. Kaine said outside CMU’s Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Kaine’s debate performance against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence got mixed reviews. But he made no apologies Thursday. Repeatedly, he said, he brought up Mr. Trump’s track record and said, “‘I can’t believe that Gov. Pence will defend this.’ … [A]gain and again, when Gov. Pence had that choice, you could kind of see the wheels turning: ‘Do I defend it? I don’t think I can defend it. Let me change the subject.’”
The visit coincided with a tide of positive polls for his running mate, Hillary Clinton. In the wake of her own debate with Mr. Trump last week, a Monmouth University poll showed Ms. Clinton up 10 points among voters in Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall College poll showed her leading by 9.