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Kaine: North Carolina a 'checkmate state'

Tim Kaine campaigned in Wilmington Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT) Tim Kaine campaigned in Wilmington Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

North Carolina will likely decide the presidential election, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said to a group of supporters during a rally at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington Monday afternoon.

"North Carolina, you guys are a checkmate state. If Hillary Clinton wins North Carolina, it is over. Take it to the bank. She will be the president," a grinning Kaine said to rally-goers. "Don't mean to put the pressure on."

With the 2016 campaign down to its final, frantic hours, Kaine focused on early voting turnout in North Carolina and continued to urge supporters to keep up the momentum.

"You are already showing tremendous enthusiasm. You just broke all the records for early voting in North Carolina even with a state government trying to get in your way, trying to make it harder to vote," Kaine said. "There's a tremendous energy out there. We're seeing it everywhere we go....do you got another 28 hours in you?"

Kaine then pivoted to try and contrast the motivations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to seek public office.

"Her whole life, Hillary has focused on the empowerment of families and kids," he explained. "We know she would make history as the first woman president, but we've never had a president who has made their whole life about the empowerment of families and kids. That will be something different and exciting to have in the Oval Office."

Kaine recalled Clinton's efforts in the 1990's to get healthcare reform passed and how it was defeated by Republican opposition who "made it personal to her."

Clinton wasn't deterred and continued working with both sides of the aisle eventually securing health care for 8 million low-income children, Kaine explained. "They've had health insurance because she wouldn't go away, she wouldn't give up, she wouldn't back down. That's exactly what you need to know about somebody who wants to be your president."

Kaine then turned his attention towards Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump who he labeled as "selfish."

"I'll give this to Donald Trump. He does have a passion, it's just that his passion is Donald J. Trump." 

Kaine hit Trump for what he said was a lack of a cause or issue that he's dedicated his life too. He then hammered Trump about his failed business ventures, reluctance to release tax returns, and how he said he was "smart" for not paying taxes.

"You got somebody who has put families and kids first and shown she won't back down even with a tough day coming, and someone who has put himself first. That choice is so clear," Kaine said.

Kaine then went on to say how Clinton and his campaign are all about inclusion and equality which he contrasted with Trump's divisive comments throughout the election cycle.

"When Donald Trump kicked off his campaign, opening speech, Mexican American immigrants were rapists and criminals. He said the most horrible things about immigrants, about Muslim Americans, about women. I don't even want to repeat the things he said about women," Kaine said.

"For gosh sake, he made fun of John McCain for being a P.O.W. What kind of person even has that thought come into their mind? What kind of person, if that thought came into their mind, would let it come out of their mouth? But he wants to be commander in chief."

Kaine campaigned in Wilmington in September at the Hannah S. Block Historic USO Building. He spent most of his time during that visit criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Kaine was senator in Virginia in 2012. He also served as the mayor of Richmond, lieutenant governor, and governor. He was selected as Hillary Clinton's running mate and accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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