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Kaine: Excited, but not taking anything for granted

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told Hillary Clinton supporters in Milwaukee today, "We're really excited but we're not taking anything for granted."

"Polls can be wrong, and it's been a season of surprises," Kaine warned, urging volunteers not to slow their efforts before Tuesday’s election. 

He also said “we've got this weird thing with the Russian government trying to tinker around and influence our election."

"If you need just one more reason to vote, how about send a message to any nation: 'Don't bother trying to come in here and affect the outcome of America's election,'" Kaine said.

Kaine, who stopped at a Dem Field office on Milwaukee's northeast side with Senate candidate Russ Feingold, praised Wisconsin for setting a new early voting record.

Kaine said Dems are seeing the "expansion of a new coalition" of voters who came together to support Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, in the form of "dramatic improvement" in support among women, African American, Latino and millennials. 

"Millennials now make up one-quarter of the electorate," said Kaine. "Fifty million of the 200 million Americans who are registered are between 18 and 34. We're seeing them participate in major ways.” 

Feingold introduced Kaine, telling the get-out-the vote volunteers that they're making history.

"All across the country, I think we're the top state for that,” Feingold said. “The reason it's so great is these guys in Madison, these Republicans, are trying to shut it down.”

Feingold added to cheers, “They didn't want voter ID, they didn't want early voting and all this, and you know what we said? We're going to federal court and get that early voting extended."

A Clinton-Kaine administration will help raise the minimum wage, enact paid family leave, hold down costs of medicine, protect Social Security and do something about the cost of college, Feingold said.

In return, Kaine said, “not only Wisconsinites, but all Americans” need Feingold to win back his Senate seat. 

“Russ Feingold was such a fantastic senator, and is going to be such a great, great senator,” he said. “We feel really excited about this race, but like all races, we take nothing for granted.”

Kaine also gave a shout out to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who attended the rally wearing shorts and a polo shirt.

"I used to be a mayor -- it's a tough, tough job, and Tom has done a super job," said Kaine, a Virginia Senator, who was mayor of Richmond, Va., before becoming governor.

"You're not under-dressed," he assured Barrett with a laugh. "Anytime you're wearing shorts in November in Wisconsin, that's newsworthy."

-- By Kay Nolan


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