Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street bankers might have been doctored, and that he “had no way of knowing” whether she actually said what the documents said.
A Wikileaks document dump on Friday, which published emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, showed Clinton telling bankers in one speech of her dream for a “hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”
But when Tapper confronted Kaine on State of the Union and asked whether that is what his running mate wants, Kaine’s first response was to say: “I don’t think we can dignify documents dumped by Wikileaks and just assume they’re all accurate and true. Anybody who hacks in to get documents is completely capable of manipulating them.”
Tapper asked, somewhat incredulously: “Are you disputing the accuracy of this?”
The Democratic vice presidential nominee answered: “Jake, I have no way of knowing the accuracy of documents dumped by this hacking organization.” He then blamed the Russian government for the hack, concluding, “If that is, in fact, true, you cannot accept as gospel truth everything that they might put in a document.”
So Tapper reiterated his question: “Is this document — is it, then, accurate?” Kaine answered: “I have no way of knowing that. I have no way of answering that.”
Tapper: “Well, you could ask her.”
“Well, the documents are in the thousands,” Kaine replied. He did not say why he could not ask Clinton about the specific speech to which Tapper had referred, and which has been widely reported.
Finally, Tapper asked his guest whether a Clinton/Kane administration would mean “open borders,” and Kaine reiterated his support for “comprehensive immigration reform” with “more border security.”
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.