Now, the hard part.
In their first joint appearance as running mates, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pitched Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and herself as more positive alternatives to Donald Trump and the Republican Party he now controls.
The hour-long Saturday rally at Florida International University in Miami presented the Democratic ticket as an optimistic choice for America—a stark contrast with the angry, dark vision presented by Trump in Cleveland last Thursday.
“Donald Trump may think America’s in decline,” Clinton told the crowd, “but he’s wrong. America’s best days are still ahead of us, my friends.”
But the focus of the rally was Kaine himself, who made his second appearance with Clinton this month and his first since being selected as her running mate. To that end, the likely Democratic nominee spoke at length about Kaine’s character and fitness for office.
“The most important qualification when you are trying to make this really big choice is, ‘Can this person step up to be president?’” Clinton said. “Well, at every stage of Tim’s career, the people who know him best have voted to give him a promotion.”
Kaine, a largely centrist senator and former Virginia governor known for his affability, took the stage and began addressing the crowd in Spanish, a strong but symbolic contrast to the Republican candidate.