Kaine says Trump campaign weak on racism during MI rally


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Tim Kaine says Donald Trump’s campaign is not taking a tough enough line on bigotry and that “chumming around” with white supremacist David Duke is deplorable.

Addressing hundreds on the University of Michigan campus Tuesday, the Democratic vice presidential nominee said, “If you are chumming around with the head of the Klu Klux Klan, people who have that title, that’s deplorable.” 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.”

But the question on many voters’ minds, the health of the candidate at the head of the ticket — Hillary Clinton — after she was diagnosed with pneumonia Sunday and cancelled campaign events.

“I spoke to her after the incident and she was in good humor and good spirit. I think she did what a lot people do when they found out they are a little bit sick, which is I think I can power through it. That’s Hillary’s way, she has strong work ethic,” Kaine told 24 Hour News 8’s Political Reporter Rick Albin.

Kaine says the incident raises questions, especially what voters know about Clinton and Trump.

“Hillary has produced a lot of information about her health. She has produced her tax returns. Donald Trump really hasn’t produced health information of any significance and hasn’t produced tax records. I think people know Hillary Clinton. I think there is still a lot to know about Donald Trump.”

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