Tim Kaine Accepts VP Nomination at Democratic Convention
"For all of us who know that the brightest future for our country is the one that we build together, and for my friend Hillary Clinton, I humbly accept my party's nomination to be vice president of the United States."
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, bringing an optimistic vision of the future with Hillary Clinton.
After a video introducing Kaine, he took the stage to accept the nomination. "For all of us who know that the brightest future for our country is the one that we build together, and for my friend Hillary Clinton, I humbly accept my party's nomination to be vice president of the United States," he said.
Kaine continued with a brief story of his childhood and family, starting with, "I never expected to be here," adding that his life's focus became "faith, family and work." He got cheers from the crowd as he responded to a "Si se puede" chant later, showing off his Spanish, translating his "faith, family and work" ideal to "fe, familia y trabajo."
Kaine addressed the Republican party briefly, saying that even though they claim to be the "party of Lincoln," "any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from that party."
Praising Clinton, Kaine said that she was a "fantastic" senator, and that they share the belief to "do all the good you can and serve one another. Pretty simple." He also commended Bernie Sanders and his supporters, saying that "we all should 'Feel the Bern,' and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy," referencing Trump.
Kaine compared Clinton and Trump, saying that Clinton has a passion to help people, but Trump's only passion "is himself."
"Trump is a guy who promises a lot, but you might have noticed, he's got a way of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest (hugest) promises: 'Believe me,'" Kaine joked, saying that he trusts Clinton, but doesn't trust Trump in charge. He later added that he doesn't "believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth," and called him a "one-man wrecking ball."
Kaine addressed the crowd at the convention after a day full of speakers that included Jesse Jackson, Sigourney Weaver, Lee Daniels, Angela Bassett and Vice President Joe Biden.