Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, spoke at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The main theme of his remarks was encouraging voters to vote early in the general election. The event took place on A.C. Reynolds Green, an outdoor area behind Ramsey Library. Kaine discussed his purpose in running for vice president and his plans for winnning the race.
Before Kaine arrived, Xpress spoke with some attendees about what they expected to hear from the candidate. Ashley Moraguez, an assistant professor of political science at UNCA and a faculty advisor for the university’s political science club, said she hoped Kaine’s remarks would “just kind of emphasize the civic duty of voting and … put out a non-partisan message about the importance of voting.”
While Moraguez believes Kaine to be strongly rooted in his liberal beliefs, others disagree. Jade Alexander, a junior at UNCA remarked, “He’s pretty much a mainstream Democrat.”
Alexander said Kaine’s message doesn’t excite him: “He does nothing but further the status quo instead of progressing toward actual change.”
Kaine encouraged North Carolina voters to cast their ballots. “You hold this election right in your own hands,” he said. “If you do what you know how to do, and what you have done in North Carolina and we win here — this race is going to be set for Hillary Clinton and me.”
Kelly Early, a junior at UNCA and a fellow for Democracy NC, works to get students involved with voting initiatives on campus. She said interested students should sign up for the Political Science department’s newsletter to learn about the early voting process and what students can do to participate.
Kaine took leave of the crowd with the words, “You’re the underdog until you’re the winner.” Confident in his running mate, Kaine expressed optimism for Clinton’s success in the upcoming election.
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