Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) appeared together for the first time since it was announced that Clinton had chosen Kaine to be her running mate.
During their appearance, Clinton aimed to paint Kaine as a stark contrast to her opponents on the Republican ticket. “I have to say that Sen. Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not. He is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one, and he is a progressive who likes to get things done,” Clinton said.
“While Tim was taking on house discrimination and homelessness, Donald Trump was denying apartments to people who were African American,” Clinton said.
“While Mike Pence slashed education funding in Indiana and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, Tim Kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-K through college and beyond.”
“Now there’s no doubt in my mind, because I’m here with him, that Tim is so qualified to be vice president,” Clinton said.
Citing Kaine’s political career to prove he has the experience to be vice president Clinton said, “Can this person step in to be president? Well in every stage of Tim’s career, the people who know him best have voted to give him a promotion.”
Kaine cast himself as a religious and progressive senator. “I learned the values of my community: faith, family, and work. Faith, family, and work. The same values of the Latino community in our country, right?” Kaine said in Spanish.
Kaine said he was drawn to public service because “I believe in doing everything I can to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Clinton announced her running mate on Twitter on Friday night. Since the news of her decision broke, Clinton has faced criticism from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders for not picking a more progressive candidate.