Vice-presidential candidate Kaine speaks on campus prior to election

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine stumped for his former running mate, Hillary Clinton, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Loras College Fieldhouse.

He visited Loras a week before Clinton and Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, lost the presidential race to Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence.

More than 300 students, faculty and local Dubuquers attended the event. Senator Kaine took the stage at 1:45 p.m.

Kaine was preceded on stage by various other government officials, a field organizer and longtime Dubuque resident, as well as a Catholic sister. Each of these speakers presented their views about why they supported Clinton and Kaine’s campaign and voiced their opinions about how these two would do great things for this country.

Before speaking about the campaign specifically, Kaine introduced himself and how he had arrived at his own viewpoints. After graduating with a B.A. in economics from the University of Missouri, Kaine attended Harvard Law School for one year. He interrupted his studies, however, to go to Honduras with Jesuit school ministry in El Progreso for nine months. He helped start a technical school that taught carpentry and welding, empowering the villagers by instructing them in learning a trade that would allow them to provide for themselves and their families.

After returning to Harvard, he continued with his schooling and went on to earn his J.D. degree. He spoke about how he became a lawyer for those who couldn’t afford housing, making communities safer and the strengthening of education systems, all of which he still feels very passionately about. His Catholic upbringing contributed to this desire to help others in his practice, along with the influence of his parents.

Kaine next discussed the importance of this year’s election, saying, “This is the most important election of our lifetime!” However, he made sure to note the importance of seeing one another as friends, no matter the political views one has or the turnout of the election itself. In reality, he said that every day is election day, because people make important choices and decisions every day.

Hillary’s plan also a primary portion of Kaine’s talk, and he discussed the themes of infrastructure, raising the minimum wage, teaching skills to those that may not otherwise have many opportunities for advancement, supporting small businesses, etc. Debt-free college, health insurance, climate change and refinancing also took central roles in Kaine’s discussion.

Kaine closed by stressing that in terms of the election, he believed that Hillary and he were “underdogs,” and that they indeed would be until the election was over and the results were decided. He stressed the importance of every voice and every vote in the upcoming election, which had yet to take place.

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