Tim Kaine tears into Marco Rubio in Miami
Tim Kaine, usually tasked with pillorying Donald Trump, zeroed in Monday on a different Republican target on the Florida ballot: Marco Rubio.
Kaine used a Miami campaign stop on the first day of early voting to cast Rubio as hypocritical for denouncing Trump during the GOP presidential primary while still endorsing him in the general election.
“He called Donald Trump ‘dangerous,’ and he called Donald Trump a ‘con artist,’ but he’s supporting Donald Trump. I mean, ‘Con Artists for Trump,’” Kaine said. “I don’t get it.”
He spoke at a rally held on the same Florida International University campus where Rubio has worked as a popular political science lecturer.
Kaine echoed President Barack Obama, who bashed Rubio last week at a Miami Gardens speech intended to boost Hillary Clinton and Rubio’s Senate rival, Patrick Murphy. Whether Clinton will adopt a similar approach when she campaigns Tuesday in Coconut Creek remains to be seen.
“When someone is unwilling to condemn the many things that ought to be condemned about Donald Trump’s divisive campaign, then you got to ask yourself whether they’re the right person to represent you and to represent your values,” Kaine told about 200 students gathered on a campus green.