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Tim Kaine kicks off fight for battleground state of Virginia in Hampton Roads

 

Tim Kaine (D), Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential running mate and the current senator from Virginia, kicked off the Clinton_Kaine campaign in the battleground state of Virginia at Old Dominion University on Friday, Sept. 9. (Photo by Malik Glaspie, managing editor of the Spartan Echo)

Tim Kaine (D), Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate and the current senator from Virginia, kicked off the Clinton-Kaine campaign in the battleground state of Virginia at Old Dominion University on Friday, Sept. 9. (Photo by Malik Glaspie, managing editor of the Spartan Echo)

by Malik Glaspie, Managing Editor

The Clinton-Kaine campaign has made its way to Norfolk were they held a public event today to discuss key matters on their agenda. The event was hosted by Old Dominion University on the lawns of the Rollins Hall facility. A crowd of people from all over the Hampton Roads area came in show of support. This is Kaine’s first appearance in the Hampton Roads area since he became Clinton’s running mate in July.

Before Senator Kaine spoke, there were several other dignitaries that spoke, including ODU President John Broderick, Congressman Bobby Scott, and Secretary of Education Anne Holton. Once Kaine arrived on stage, he quickly dove into college education and employment opportunities post college education.

“What’s happened is state budgets have been cut, so states have not been able to put as much money into colleges. If that happens, then colleges–as they look at tuitions–tuitions have to be higher and so students graduate with that and that debt can be a real challenge. We now have more student loan debt in the country than credit card debt,” Kaine said.

He also spoke upon the change in the swing state of Virginia, where Kaine also served as governor, and how the current generation has the power to change the outcome of the election.

“Its been this generation of Virginians that has worked us in right into the spotlight: battleground state. Everybody around the nation takes a look at us to see what were doing. We’re back on center stage with the spotlight on us!” Kaine told the crowd.

His closed his remarks by encouraging people to support the Clinton-Kaine campaign and characterized the campaign as an “underdog.”

“People are turned off to the TV ads these days because there’s just too many of them. But they still believe in a word from a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, somebody you’re in school with; you can still answer questions. They’re hungry to talk about it because it’s important, but they don’t want to talk to a TV…they want to talk to a real person.”

Senator Kaine’s speech to the crowd today indicated that he intends on delivering Virginia to Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election. Today was his first direct attempt at that in the key metropolitan area of Hampton Roads.

Watch our key take-away from the rally below. For more videos from the rally, visit https://twitter.com/Spartan_Echo.

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