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Kaine jabs Trump at Milwaukee rally, praises rulings striking down voting restrictions

MILWAUKEE -- Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine outlined Hillary Clinton's jobs plan while taking jabs at GOP nominee Donald Trump during a rally in Milwaukee.

He also noted recent rulings striking down parts of Wisconsin voting laws, and praised activists for filing the lawsuits.

"I salute you for doing that," Kaine said. "You've enabled more people to participate."

He told attendees that if they meet someone who tells them their vote doesn't matter, to ask them: "Why is the other side working so hard to make sure you don't vote?"

Kaine said Clinton's jobs plan focuses on infrastructure, shared prosperity, improved K-12, technical and community colleges and universities, an increased minimum wage and equal pay for women.

Kaine knocked Trump, saying he hasn't provided details about he'd achieve his plans for the economy.

"Trump gives you the punch line, everybody's going to be rich, and says, 'believe me,'" Kaine said.

He asked whether the crowd believes what Trump says, which responded with a resounding "no."

"You guy's aren't gullible and neither am I," Kaine said.

He pointed to a Moody's analysis that showed Clinton's plan would create 10 million new jobs. On the Trump plan, he said, Moody's showed America would enter a recession and lose jobs. 

"Do you want a 'you're hired' president or a 'you're fired' president," Kaine said to applause.

State GOP Executive Director Mike Duffey, meanwhile, slammed Kaine was a "Washington insider" coming to a state where Clinton lost 71 of the 72 counties in the April election.

“While Hillary’s campaign plays it safe, campaigning in the only county in the state that Hillary managed to win, Wisconsin voters will remember her lies to the American public and her record of scandal when deciding who is best to bring change in Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Kaine contrasted the Democratic and Republican conventions, saying the Dem event was positive while the GOP convention had a "dark, depressing, Gotham City vibe."

"That was no vision of America," Kaine said. "That was a guided tour inside Donald J. Trump's head. And that's a scary place to be."

The rally was held under a bridge crossing the Milwaukee River and adjacent to Lakefront Brewery. 

On the stage were stacked Lakefront Brewery kegs, and behind it was a sign reading "stronger together." Flanking the stage was a large American flag and a state flag. On the brewery itself, fanned red, white and blue stars and stripes buntings hung from the windows. An American flag hung from the roof, flanked by banners reading "stronger" and "together."

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who introduced Pence called Trump "a risk we cannot afford" and called for Democrats to be unified to beat Trump in the fall and elect Democrat Russ Feingold to the U.S. Senate. 

Baldwin, D-Madison, praised Kaine, saying he's a "champion" of bringing jobs back to America. 

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore addressed attendees while they waited for Kaine, praising the ticket and saying Clinton's choice of Kaine solidifies Virginia for Dems in the fall. 

-- By David Wise





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