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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Kaine says at UW-Madison voters can 'make history' by electing Clinton

Dem vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine told a UW-Madison audience today that they can "make history" by electing Hillary Clinton.

Or, Kaine said, they can choose Republican Donald Trump, someone who can't "look at a woman and see an equal."

"That is a fundamental problem," the Virginia senator said. "And that's the choice. Do we make history by electing the first woman president of the United States, or do we elect someone who cannot see a woman as an equal?”

Kaine, speaking to an audience of largely students at Gordon Commons, also encouraged them to vote early and convince others to do so. 

“The power of the millennial vote is very, very important,” Kaine said. “It could be the difference maker in many of our states. We feel very good about early voting here in Wisconsin.”

State GOP Executive Director Mike Duffey used Kaine's stops in Appleton and Madison today to take a shot as Hillary Clinton.

"Tim Kaine’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, has lied to the American people, endangered our national security, and is once again under an FBI investigation -- she can’t be trusted to fight for Wisconsin’s best interests in the White House," Duffey said.

Kaine also said throughout his career, which includes being Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chair, he's had success only because of “the support of strong women.”

“Now I need to be a strong man supporting a strong woman who will make history as the first woman president of the United States," he said.

To that end, Kaine pointed out that the final push needs to happen in battleground states like Wisconsin. 

“Usually by the end of the campaign with a week or 10 days to go, it whittles down to about six or seven states where all the action is. You guys are one of the six or seven,” he said. 

While he touched on the state-level effort, Kaine focused much of his speech on national policy issues that divide Trump and Clinton supporters, such as education. 

“I would rather have a president who sees education as a great lifter and a great leveler, than someone who looks at education as ‘Here’s a way I can get some more bucks in my pocket,’” Kaine said. “This is a stark choice when it comes to education -- we have to pick right.” 

He also emphasized the importance of “equal pay for equal work,” saying that although it seems straightforward, both Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have come out in opposition to equal pay measures. 

Kaine painted a similar picture with respect to climate change policy. 

“If you don’t accept science, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There will be all kinds of other problems coming down the pipe at you if you put someone in office who is anti-science,” he said. 

-- By Alex Moe

Editor's note: This post has been updated with additional comment.


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