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Kaine Dodges on Clinton Trust Numbers, Emails, and Foundation

During Tuesday’s Vice Presidential debate, vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) answered a question on Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trust numbers and whether they are due to the Clinton Foundation and her emails with an answer that never directly referred to the Clinton Foundation or Clinton’s emails.

Kaine said, in response to a question on Clinton’s trustworthiness numbers, and whether it was due to her emails and the Clinton Foundation, “Elaine, let me tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton. Here’s what people should look at as they look at a public servant: Do they have a passion in their life that showed up before they were in public life, and have they held on to that passion throughout their life, regardless of whether they were in office or not, succeeding or failing? Hillary Clinton has that passion, from a time as a kid in a Methodist youth group in the suburbs of Chicago, she has been focused on serving others, with a special focus on empowering families and kids. As a civil rights lawyer in the South, with the Children’s Defense Fund, First Lady of Arkansas, and this country’s Senator, Secretary of State, it’s always been about putting others first. And that’s a sharp contrast with Donald Trump. Donald Trump always puts himself first. He built a business career, in the words of one of his own campaign staffers, off the backs of the little guy. And as a candidate, he started his campaign with a speech where he called Mexicans rapists and criminals, and he has pursued the discredited and really outrageous lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. It is so painful to suggest that we go back to think about these days where an African-American could not be a citizen of the United States, and I can’t imagine how Governor Pence can defend the insult-driven, selfish, me-first style of Donald Trump.”

After GOP presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) brought up the Clinton Foundation, Kaine responded to saying Pence was “Trump’s apprentice.” After Pence again brought up the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s emails, Kaine pivoted to Osama Bin Laden’s killing, the lowering of the number of troops from Iraq, and her record on Iran and Russia.

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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