Tim Kaine campaigns for Clinton in rally at Miami Dade College

MIAMI (WSVN) - With just over three weeks to go until Election Day, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate stumped for support at a South Florida college campus, Saturday.

At a block party held at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., made a final push to get potential voters registered.

Wearing a shirt with rolled up sleeves, jeans and sunglasses, the vice presidential candidate stood on the flatbed of a black pickup truck with Clinton’s campaign logo as he encouraged his young audience to get fired up for the Nov. 8 showdown at the polls. “You’re important. You matter,” he said. “You will dictate the outcome of this election.”

Those attending the rally, which focused on promoting voter registration, could not help discussing Clinton’s Republican opponent.

Kaine conveyed to his supporters the importance of turning out in high numbers to elect the first woman to hold the nation’s highest office. “We’re trying to make history. That’s never been easy,” he said. “But the stakes are high.”

Several local leaders, like U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., joined Kaine in urging the crowd to voice their choice and volunteer. “We’re not voting against Donald Trump. We’re voting for Hillary Clinton,” said Wilson. “We’re voting to protect the Affordable Care Act.”


The deadline for Florida residents to register has been extended to Tuesday, a day after early voting is scheduled to start in the battleground state.

Saturday’s rally comes as the Clinton campaign tries to contain fallout from WikiLeaks’ release of transcripts of paid speeches she allegedly delivered to the finance company Goldman Sachs.

On Friday, Clinton touched on the negative nature of the campaign during a speech in Seattle. “I take absolutely no satisfaction in what is happening on the other side with my opponent,” she said. “I am not at all happy about that, because it hurts our country, it hurts our democracy.”


Meanwhile, Kaine called on everyone in the crowd at Miami Dade College to get to the polls. “Not every election is about defining who we are as a nation, but this election is, and you can make it happen,” he said. “If you keep that underdog spirit, I know Florida will make it happen.”

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