In his first campaign visit to Wisconsin, Tim Kaine, Democratic nominee for vice president, discussed the crucial differences between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
Kaine spent the majority of his 30-minute speech, which took place at the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, discussing Clinton’s five-point economic plan.
The five main points, which seek to boost the economy include making investments — particularly in infrastructure — sharing prosperity, investing more into education with a focus on creating a debt-free college plan, raising the minimum wage and eliminating tax breaks for the top earners in the country, mainly Wall Street companies.
But before Kaine even stepped foot in Milwaukee, the Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mike Duffey said Kaine is only campaigning in Wisconsin to repair Clinton’s “damaged brand” after she lost 71 out of 72 counties in the Wisconsin Democratic primary.
“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.,” Duffey said in the statement.
While Kaine only gave an outline of Clinton’s economic plan, he said anyone can go to her website to see more of the issues in detail and to find out how Clinton aims to implement and finance them.
Citing a report that a neutral credit-rating group analyzed, which looked at both of the nominees’ plans, Kaine said Clinton’s plan would indeed promote economic growth, while Trump’s would not.
If Clinton’s plan is implemented, the economy would be in growth mode with 10.5 million new jobs created by the end of her first term in office, Kaine said. On the other hand, under Trump’s plan, America will lose 3.5 million jobs and enter a lengthy recession, he added.
“When you try to get to the details [with Trump], you run into empty promises,” Kaine said. “When people believe him, they get ripped off, sifted and they lose.”
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Kaine called out Trump’s recent tirades against a fallen soldier’s family and pointed at his multiple lawsuits, including those involving Trump University, as basis for why he is unfit to be president.
Calling him a “slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one-man wrecking crew,” Kaine said this nation is “too great” to give to someone like Trump.
When discussing education, Kaine emphasized the importance of investing earlier on.
“It is easier to build a child than to repair an adult,” he said.
Pointing at Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s, D-Wisc., RED Act as an example, Kaine said he and Clinton look to implement a similar plan where students will be able to attain higher education debt-free.
Kaine also saluted the Milwaukee crowd for their “big win” the previous week against voter ID laws. He also encouraged Wisconsinites to get former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., elected to the Senate to give Clinton a “great Congress to work with.”
Kaine encouraged attendees to get involved politically and remember the importance of their vote.
“If you don’t think your vote matters, then why is the other side working so hard to make sure that you don’t vote?” Kaine said.