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Kaine: Clinton Is Not 'Me-First' Candidate Like Trump

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By    |   Sunday, 25 Sep 2016 01:18 PM

Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, D-Va., called out Republican presidential opponent Donald Trump as "me-first" candidate in contrast to his running mate Hillary Clinton on Sunday, the eve of the first national debate.

"The measure of character in somebody in public life I think is whether they have a passion for somebody other than themselves and whether they keep after that passion, whether they are winning or losing,” Kaine told CBS' "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson.

"Hillary has demonstrated that again and again. And I think that's a sharp contrast to a Donald Trump, whose only recognized passion in his life has been for himself. No great president in this country has been primarily a me-first person. The great presidents are people who watch out for others, and that's who Hillary Clinton has been, that's who she is, and that's who she will be."

Kaine's appearance opened with him outlining three critical points for Monday night’s debate between Clinton and Trump:

  • Policy specifics: "Hillary has been very specific about policy plans," Kaine said. "We have a book out describing them. Donald Trump less so, but tomorrow is an opportunity to see whether Donald will be specific about what he proposes to do."
  • Unanswered questions: "The voters have questions," Kaine said. "Donald Trump has not released his tax returns. News of this past week shows a whole series of very serious questions about Donald Trump's ties to Russia. And, finally, there's been news recently about very questionable, even illegal payments by the Trump Foundation."
  • Checking people on truthfulness: "Politifact has been tracking Donald Trump's claims on the campaign trail thus far – about 70 percent of the things they check turn out to be false," Kaine said. "In a 90-minute format, not 20-second sound bites, there's a real opportunity to hear somebody say something and get into 'Is that actually true' or not?"

Kaine told Dickerson that his running mate is prepared for attacks from Trump, but she intends to avoid expected negative energy.

“I expect her to defend herself from what Trump may say, but at the end of the day paint a positive vision that's really what animated her to run,” Kaine said.

Kaine responded to a question about why Clinton is not "50 points ahead," saying the debates can help settle a tightening race.

"I told her, don't believe any poll," Kaine told Dickerson. “You're trying to do something that's never been done. You're the underdog until they call you the winner. So I think this thing will be close right up until the end. We have to make our case every day. The debates are a great way to do that.”

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Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, D-Va., called out Republican presidential opponent Donald Trump as me-first candidate in contrast to his running mate Hillary Clinton on Sunday, the eve of the first national debate. The measure of character in somebody in public...
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