VP candidate Kaine knocks Trump, promotes Clinton plans in Appleton

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine
In this July 14, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – With just one week to go, both presidential campaigns are drumming up support in the Badger State.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine spoke at Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University in Appleton Tuesday afternoon.

He was introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Senate candidate Russ Feingold.

Kaine took several shots at the Republican presidential nominee throughout his speech but promoted four points of Clinton’s presidential agenda.

Kaine criticized Donald Trump for claiming the election is rigged and unfair when he was clearly losing in the polls, and told people to get out and vote “to send a message to Russia” that as Americans we’ll influence our own elections.

He also reminded the crowd about Trump’s debate remark that not paying taxes for years “makes me smart.” Kaine said that sends a message to the one percent of Americans who serve in the military so the other 99 percent don’t have to. By avoiding paying taxes, Kaine said, “You’re stiffing our troops… You’re stiffing our teachers.”

The VP candidate touted continuing the country’s economic growth, saying unemployment was cut in half during Obama’s administration. “President Obama doesn’t get the credit for what he’s done, especially when one party wouldn’t lift a finger to help him.”

He says Hillary Clinton would continue that growth by investing in infrastructure, rebuilding roads and bridges and deploying broadband internet access; by making college education more affordable, including by refinancing student loans; by supporting small businesses; and by raising wages, particularly for women to close the so-called gender gap.

On a day in November when the temperature was around 67 degrees, Kaine told the crowd “Hillary and I believe in science” and they would work with the scientific community to fight global warming, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality, and help sell American technologies around the world.

Action 2 News reporter Jason Zimmerman interviewed Kaine one-on-one after the rally and has a live report from Lawrence University on Action 2 News at Five.

Clinton has not campaigned in Wisconsin since the April primary. Kaine campaigned in Milwaukee in August.

Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mike Duffey released a statement during Kaine’s campaign stops Tuesday:

“Wisconsin has had enough of Hillary Clinton’s constant drumbeat of scandal and ethical lapses, and this Tuesday, voters will send a clear message for change. Tim Kaine’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, has lied to the American people, endangered our national security, and is once again under an FBI investigation – she can’t be trusted to fight for Wisconsin’s best interests in the White House.”