Published August 5, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS – Democratic vice president nominee Tim Kaine told a overflow crowd at a Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Street Theatre that his 81-year-old mother told him last Thursday night was the best night of her life when his family was on stage on the final night of the Democratic National Convention with the Clintons in Philadelphia.
Not only had her son become the Democratic Party’s vice president nominee, but she was grateful to be part of history that was made when Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever nominated for president by a major American political party.
On Friday afternoon, Kaine wasted no time denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as being a trash-talking man, who is unfit to be president of the United States.
“He trash talks people with disabilities, he trash talks people from other countries, says offensive things about women. The list goes on and on and on,” Kaine said. “Two days ago in Virginia he threw a crying baby out of a rally. I have a hard time figuring out who’s the baby in this election sometimes.”
Under a banner that read, “Stronger Together,” Kaine said it came down to three basic questions for voters this November:
1) Does the United States want a “you’re hired” president or a “you’re fired” president? He cites Clinton’s economic growth plan that would add some 10 million jobs by the end of her first term versus Trump’s plan that would result in a loss of 3.5 million by the end of his first term.
2) Does the United States want a president who is a bridge-builder or a wall-builder? “Hillary Clinton has a track record to be a diplomat. She has the experience from when she was the nation’s top diplomat,” said Kaine.
3) Does the United States want a “kids and families first” president or a “me-first” president? He cited Clinton’s record that brought eight million children health insurance versus Trump’s “me-first” approach — meaning Trump appears to be out to only please himself.
The Trump campaign thinks it can make Michigan – a state that has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992 – into a battleground state. Mike Pence, the GOP VP nominee made two campaign appearances in Michigan last week in Grand Rapids and Troy. Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech before the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit on next Monday.
Democrats on Friday were quick to remind the voters that the Republicans said “no” to the bailout of the auto industry right after President Barack Obama assumed his presidency. It was President Obama’s plan that was passed by Congress that brought new life to a state that had lost over 800,000 manufacturing jobs during the George W. Bush administration.
“No one knows better than those of us who live in Michigan the importance of electing a Democrat,” said Michigan’s U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who introduced Kaine to an enthusiastic partisan crowd.
On Thursday a Detroit News poll showed Clinton leading Trump by nine points in Michigan.
“I don’t want those poll numbers to fool anyone. We have to stick to our game plan and keep the foot on the accelerator and help those down ticket,” said Brandon Dillon, the chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party to Native News Online after the Kaine rally.
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