Tim Kaine holds early voting rally in Gainesville

By Jason Mealey - Producer/assignment editor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, held an early voting rally Sunday afternoon at the University of Florida.

In addition to speaking about early voting, Kaine spoke about his experience, contrasted the Clinton-Kaine platform to Republican nominee Donald Trump's, the economy, climate change and student loan debt.

Kaine started his speech by saying he always wanted to come to the University of Florida and joked that he had to learn the Gator chomp before coming out before the crowd of about 800.

"We know how important the student vote is. How important the millennial vote is. Let's face it, this thing is going to be close in Florida. I think you guys should change your name from the Sunshine State to the super close election state," Kaine said.

Kaine then spoke about his experience as a civil rights attorney, city councilman, mayor, governor and U.S. senator, and his time in Honduras as a missionary. He took a shot at Trump's words during the final presidential debate about honoring the election outcome.

"I was a missionary in Honduras 1981. When I was there it was a military dictatorship. People prayed for when they'd be able to vote," Kaine said.

UNCUT: Tim Kaine speaks at University of Florida

Next Kaine spoke about Clinton's economic plan. He said President Obama doesn't get enough praise for the jobs that have been added over the last eight years.

"Hillary and I want to make major investments in jobs, in clean-energy manufacturing. We're going to do that right out of the gate, working with a bipartisan congress," Kaine said.

Kaine then reiterated the Democratic Party talking point on climate change, saying "He believes in science" and that Trump claims it is a hoax created by China.

"Florida and Virginia have some similarities because we're both seeing the effects of sea level rise," Kaine said. The Hampton Roads area is second only to New Orleans in the effect of sea level rise today. Neighborhoods where you could sell a house 10 years ago it's hard to sell a house now. It affects business, it affects Navy operations and we're seeing it in a very dramatic way," Kaine said.

Then Clinton's running mate spent a lot of time speaking about student loan debt to the mostly college crowd. Ecohing a lot of the talking points from Sen. Bernie Sander's presidential campaign about making college debt- free.

"You should not have to mortgage your future to have a future. We want to make a commitment to debt-free college. Not free for for everybody, but debt-free. Other societies do that and they have less resources than we do. They make it a priority because education will advance the economy. If your family makes less than $125,000 a year we want to make it tuition-free at the in state level," Kaine said.

For people who already have student loan debt, Kaine say the ticket wants to make it easier to refinance.

He then closed by urging Floridians to cast their ballots during the early-voting period which begins Monday.



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