Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2016

TRANSCRIPT: Tim Kaine accepts VP nomination, running with Hillary Clinton

En el senado, hicimos eso hace casi tres años, y estamos esperando todavía para la casa de representantes tener un debate, un voto, en el sistema de inmigración reforma, ¿verdad?  Entonces, vamos a trabajar juntos en eso en los primero cien días de la administración.

I will encourage you – if you haven’t done this, go to a naturalization service where people become U.S. citizens.  It is – how many of you – raise your hand if you have been a naturalized citizen, if you – Yeah.  Well, thanks for choosing us.  Thanks for choosing us.  If you haven’t been to one of those services, it’s going to be one of the most powerful things you’ll ever see.  Often, after the oath is taken, there’s an open mike and people get to just walk up and say, ‘Here’s why I decided that I wanted to become a citizen of the United States,’ and it will just bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face when you hear what these people think about the greatness of the United States of America. And when you go to one of these naturalization services and you see the people’s desire to join this great country, you will – you’ll basically have this pretty amazing thought:  Cualquier persona que ama tanto a los Estados Unidos merece estar aquí.  Anybody who loves America this much deserves to be here – deserves to be here.

Now, there’s one last part of Hillary’s plan that means a lot to me personally that – kind of emotional for me, and I bet it’s emotional for you: how to stem the epidemic of gun violence that kills 33,000 Americans every year.  As governor during one of the most horrible shootings in America’s history, this issue is very close to my heart, very close to my heart.  And I know that many of you here feel exactly the same way after that tragic shooting in Orlando in June. We can do better, folks.  We can do better.

It was in April of 2007, about halfway through my time as governor – I had just arrived in Japan on a trade mission to bring jobs back to Virginia – had checked into the hotel room, had fallen asleep when the knock came at my door and the head of my security detail said, ‘Governor, you got to turn on the TV.  We’re going to get on the phone.  There’s a horrible shooting underway at Virginia Tech,’ this wonderful college in Blacksburg, Virginia.  And as jetlagged as I was and just arrived, I said, ‘Take me back to the airport.  I’m getting the first plane home.’  It was 14 hours over; it was 14 hours back.  And I walked onto that campus jetlagged and in the wrong time zone, but I knew that as a leader, even though I didn’t have any magic words to say that would take away the horror of the tragedy, I had to bring comfort in some way to the families of those who had been killed, to the students and professors who had been injured, and also to the first responders who had been there to help them.  This – April 16, 2007 – that was the worst day of my life.  It was the worst day of so many people’s lives, and for the parents and the loved ones of those kids and professors, that pain never goes away.  Precious 17-year-olds, a 70-plus Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor who was a teacher, who could survive the Holocaust, who could survive the Soviet takeover of his country, but who fell victim to gun violence because he blocked the door and told his students to climb out the window as his body was being riddled with bullets.  Survive the Holocaust, survive the Soviet takeover of your country, and fall victim in Blacksburg, Virginia to the horror of American gun violence?

So when the vast majority of Americans, and even a majority of NRA members, agree that we have to adopt commonsense gun safety measures, Hillary and I will not rest – will not rest.  We will not rest – until – we will not rest.  We won’t rest – we won’t rest until we get universal background checks and close loopholes that put guns in the hands of criminals, terrorists, and dangerous people who should not have them.  It’s so easy.  The American public wants it, gun owners want it, the NRA members want it.  We will not rest.

Now, folks, I know the NRA.  Their headquartered in my state, in Virginia.  They campaigned against me in every statewide race that I’ve ever run, but I’ve never lost an election.  I’ve never lost an election. I don’t mind powerful groups campaigning against me.  That just is like an extra cup of coffee to me, folks.  It just gets me more excited. I’m 8 and 0 and I promise you I’m not about to let that change, especially when Donald Trump stands in the way of progress on every single one of these issues that Hillary has laid out as core to her campaign, and many, many more.

So now I’m going to wrap this up with three easy questions.  We’re at a university; I can give you a test, right?  I can give a test.  These are three questions to ask yourselves.

One, do you want a ‘you’re fired’ president or a ‘you’re hired’ president?  Of course, you want a ‘you’re hired’ president.  Donald Trump is the ‘you’re fired’ guy.  That’s what he’s known for, and when this whole campaign is done and everybody’s forgotten it, the one thing they will remember about Donald Trump is, ‘You’re fired!’ Bankrupting companies.  Shipping jobs overseas.  Stiffing contractors.  Being against federal minimum wage.  Being against equal pay for equal work.  He’s the ‘you’re fired’ guy.  Hey, we’ve got a ‘you’re hired’ president – a ‘you’re hired’ president! Let’s do debt-free college so people can have skills.  Let’s build bridges and roads and airports and ports so people can have jobs.  Let’s go for equal pay.  Let’s raise the minimum wage.  Let’s bring back the dignity and respect of work.  A ‘you’re hired’ president.

Alright, you’re one for one. Question two:  Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?

AUDIENCE:  “Bridge-building president!”

TIM KAINE:  “Of course you do. Donald Trump trash talks folks with disabilities, trash talks – trash talks Mexican Americans and Latinos, whether they’re new immigrants or governors or federal judges, trash talks women, trash talks our allies, calls the military a disaster. Oh, you’re right, he doesn’t trash talk everybody – he likes Vladimir Putin.  You’re right. Let’s get that straight.  But this is a bridge-builder president.  As a member of the Armed Services Committee, built great ties with our military and military families.  As a Secretary of State, made history building our relationships around the world and putting central to U.S. foreign policy the treatment of women and children around the world.  She’s a bridge-builder, and that’s what we need.

And last – alright, Florida International, you’re two for two, so here’s number three.  Do you want a ‘me first’ president or a ‘kids and families first’ president?”

 “Kids and families!”

 “Of course.  With Donald Trump it’s, ‘Me first.  I’m not showing you my tax returns.  I’m going to run a university that will take people’s money and rip them off.’ Donald Trump was in Britain when they cast the Brexit vote to leave the EU, and as the British pound, their unit of currency, was getting pummeled, he said, ‘Hey, this could be good news for my golf course.’  ‘Me first.’ But we’ve got a ‘kids and families first’ president – who from her earliest days has been – and I’ll tell you something.  I’m going to give you a secret about those of us in politics.  If you want to try to judge the character of somebody in politics, I’ll tell you how to do it.  It’s really simple.  Look at their life and see if they have a passion in their life that they had long before they got into politics, a passion that’s not about themselves, a passion that’s about somebody else.  And then see if they have held onto that passion through thick or thin, in good times or bad, whether winning elections or losing elections, come hell or high water.  Look to see if they have a passion that’s about somebody else, and look to see whether they’ve held onto it all the time.

And that is character, and that is our “kids and families first” Hillary Clinton.

All right.  When I was a kid growing up, my favorite President was another Kansas City guy, Harry Truman.  Great Democratic President.  Great Democratic President. And let me tell you something that Harry Truman said that could have been written five minutes ago.  He said it in the late 1940s, and it’s so well put.  America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

Let me tell you that one again.  That’s so good.  America was not built on fear. America was not built on fear.  It was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.  Friends, Hillary Clinton – Hillary Clinton is filled with that courage, that imagination, and that unbeatable determination.  And that’s why we trust her to fight for all Americans.  That’s why I’m with her.  That’s why I’m with her.  Are you with her? That’s why we’re with her.  That’s why we’re with her.  These are tough times for many in our country, but we’re tough people.  And that’s something else I learned from my folks:  Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

And they don’t come any tougher or any more compassionate than Hillary Clinton.  So let’s go make history and elect Hillary Clinton the 45th president of the United States!”


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