Tim Kaine campaigns in Twin Cities

VP candidate Tim Kaine in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is making a campaign stop in the Twin Cities today.

Kaine, who was born in St. Paul, is making two public appearances followed by a private fundraiser.

Kaine arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport around 3 p.m. He was greeted by some high school and college students. The Virginia senator then stopped by the Coffman Union to visit with students who've volunteered with the Clinton campaign.

Later, Kaine left the U of M and met privately with former Vice President Walter Mondale to talk about the need for fair housing laws, something both of them have focused on at one point or another.

 

 

Earlier Tuesday, Kaine addressed hundreds on the University of Michigan campus. He said Donald Trump's campaign is not taking a tough enough line on bigotry and that "chumming around" with white supremacist David Duke is deplorable.

"If you are chumming around with the head of the Klu Klux Klan, people who have that title, that's deplorable," Kaine said. He did not say who was "chumming around" with Duke.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence has denounced Duke, but has refused to call him "deplorable."

Hillary Clinton on Friday described half of Trump supporters as a "basket of deplorables." Kaine defended that sentiment, saying, "If you cannot call out bigotry, racism, xenophobia, you're allowing it to grow." She's currently off the campaign trail recovering from pneumonia.

Trump insisted on Tuesday that the Democratic presidential nominee's comments reflect an out-of-touch elitist who looks down on working-class voters.

On Tuesday, he declared at a rally in Iowa: "While my opponent slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable, I call you hardworking American patriots."


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