Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012. Before that, he was the chair of the DNC. Clinton and Kaine spoke at an event in Miami Saturday, where Kaine spoke in both English and Spanish.
Sen. Tim Kaine: “Hey, guys. Thank you. Hello, Miami. Hello, FIU. Bienvenidos a todos! Bienvenidos a todos. En nuestro país, ¿verdad? Porque somos americanos todos!”
That’s Tim Kaine speaking in Miami. “Welcome everyone. In our country, right? Because we are all Americans.” Kaine learned Spanish when he spent a year in Honduras with Jesuit missionaries during the U.S.-backed dirty war in the 1980s. Many believe Kaine’s fluency will help him with the Latino vote, although a 2015 Univision poll found nearly seven in 10 Latinos say a candidate’s ability to speak Spanish would not affect their vote. Meanwhile, many progressives are concerned about Kaine’s track record of supporting so-called free trade agreements, including voting to fast-track the TPP. We’ll have more on Tim Kaine later in the broadcast.