What a contrast in vice-presidential candidate introductions.
Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton appeared for the first time on the campaign trail with her newly announced running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. And what a contrast in style between the GOP ticket versus the Dems.
Hillary Clinton spent 17 minutes speaking about Sen. Kaine before stepping aside and letting Kaine speak. Trump spent about 28 minutes mostly talking about himself in a speech that was supposed to be about his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. And when Trump finished his intro, he left the stage.
Watching Tim Kaine speak today, you get the sense that he's actually the kind of decent, white male Christian most Republicans would love to really be. There's a very warm, approachable demeanor about him.
Kaine brings a lot of strengths to the Dem ticket including his executive experience as mayor of Richmond and governor of Virginia. His time as a U.S. Senator on the Armed Forces and Foreign Relations committees. And his years spent working on behalf of folks who experienced housing discrimination as a lawyer.
And in terms of appealing to the enormously important Hispanic vote, Kaine speaks fluent Spanish which, like today, will clearly be on display across the country on the campaign trail.
It's a very different ticket compared to the Republican counterparts, and the contrasts are clear: hope vs. fear; positive vs. darkness; upbeat vs. "midnight in America."
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin makes clear the differences between Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“While Donald Trump doubled down on discrimination by picking Mike Pence, Hillary Clinton has bolstered her campaign’s historic commitment to LGBTQ equality by choosing Tim Kaine,” Griffin said. “Having proven time and time again that they have the experience, determination, and leadership needed to move equality forward for all Americans, we are confident Clinton and Kaine will tear down the walls of discrimination that hold all of us back.”
Anyone who thought they would be disappointed by the Clinton/Kaine ticket saw serious political chemistry today.
You can watch the Democratic ticket take the stage today below.