MI senators praise VP hopeful Tim Kaine ahead of DNC address


PHILADELPHIA (WOOD) — Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick will introduce himself to the nation during day three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Sen. Tim Kaine is among Wednesday’s lineup of speakers, which also includes President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Both of Kaine’s congressional colleagues from Michigan give him glowing reviews.

“I love Tim Kaine. From a policy standpoint, he’s one of our great thought leaders on national security. He is very much someone who believes that Americans have a fair shot to be successful,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “What I also love about him is that he has an incredible spirit. You know this is somebody who leads the bipartisan prayer breakfast and was a missionary in Honduras.”

“He’s a guy that you’d love to have a cup of coffee with. (He’s) down to earth, in it for all the right reasons, but incredibly smart,” said Sen. Gary Peters.

Tuesday night, 24 Hour News 8 joined Michigan’s delegates to watch history in the making. Cheers erupted on the DNC floor as Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party.

“I think this is what democracy looks like,” said Saginaw delegate Gerald Kariem, who has made the trip to a DNC four times.

“I think it’s extremely important,” said second-time delegate Rosendo Rocha of Holland. “I have twin daughters that are 12 and this is a great opportunity to show them that women can do anything.”

Some Bernie Sanders supporters were less than happy, walking out moments after Clinton earned enough votes to clinch the nomination. Getting them to vote for Clinton could be a tough sell, but

Kariem, who is also an organizer for the United Auto Workers, says he’s up to the challenge.

“It’s going to be exciting to try to bring both of their ideas together and to bring that same enthusiasm and excitement that was surrounded in the primary. So yes, it is going to be a challenge, but this is what democracy should look like,” he said.

The DNC at Wells Fargo Center will cap off Thursday night with Clinton’s acceptance speech.

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