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Tim Kaine jams with Jon Bon Jovi in St. Pete

Jon Bon Jovi plays a packed house in support of the Clinton-Kaine ticket Saturday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Luis Santana | Times

Jon Bon Jovi plays a packed house in support of the Clinton-Kaine ticket Saturday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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November

Forget Election Day. Forget the last four months of relentless scrutiny and invective and campaign rhetoric.

For Tim Kaine, the personal highlight of the 2016 presidential race might have come Saturday at a Get Out the Vote rally at the State Theatre, courtesy of Jon Bon Jovi.

"Now that I've got Mr. Kaine up here — or as I like to call him backstage, T.K.," the mega-selling rocker said after Kaine concluded a brief stump speech, "we're gonna play one more together."

And so it happened that Tim Kaine, America's dad-rock candidate for vice president, got to jam out on harmonica with Bon Jovi.

On the same day Joe Piscopo stumped for Trump in Tampa, his fellow New Jersey native Bon Jovi, did the same in St. Petersburg for his longtime friend Hillary Clinton, playing a free, intimate but packed solo show for fewer than 800 ticket-holders who began queuing up around the same time Trump took the stage across the bay.

It was a small rally, but as Bon Jovi noted, size wasn't the point.

"There are more people in this room than decided the election in 2000, and we all know the impact that had," he said.

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[Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:19pm]

    

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