Kaine touts Clinton’s anti-poverty proposals
Tim Kaine on Tuesday touted Hillary Clinton’s plans to fight poverty, as the Clinton campaign works to ensure that young voters and minorities turn out and vote for the Democratic presidential ticket.
“The entire progressive economic agenda that we have is aimed at creating more growth and fairness,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee said in a speech in Detroit.
Clinton has a strong lead in polls in the wake of reports earlier this month about a 2005 audio in which Trump talked about grabbing women by the genitals. She is ahead by 7 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
The clear polling advantage and the negativity of the presidential campaign have led some Clinton supporters to express concerns that voter turnout could be depressed, though campaign officials publicly have been bullish on turnout. As part of its efforts to bolster turnout, the Clinton campaign has been working to persuade young voters who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary vote for Clinton over third-party candidates.
Kaine stressed that Clinton has a progressive agenda and said that he’s proud that Clinton hasn’t back away from positions she took during the primary.
“We are progressives who want to get things done, and we believe getting things done is good policy and good politics,” he said.
Kaine also said that Clinton’s support for reforms to Wall Street, rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and support for the Consumer Financial Protection bureau are connected to helping families get out of poverty.
He also said that to address poverty, people need to take a look at its root causes, which include racial discrimination and its legacy.
Kaine said that Clinton is taking a “comprehensive approach” to fighting poverty.
Clinton would take steps to create jobs and raise incomes in poor communities, the vice-presidential nominee said. Kaine mentioned that Clinton is interested in Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn’s 10-20-30 program that would direct 10 percent of federal investments to areas where 20 percent of people have been below the poverty line for 30 years. Clinton and Kaine also plan to put a focus on jobs for young people and support infrastructure investments, raising the minimum wage and expanding the child tax credit and Social Security.
Clinton also would take steps to ensure people have a “safe and healthy environment to raise their kids,” Kaine said. She would increase incentives for developers to create affordable housing, rebuild water infrastructure to eliminate lead as a major pubic health concern, improve the Affordable Care Act and push for reforms aimed at reducing gun violence, he added.
Additionally, Clinton is proposing initiatives aimed at improving education, Kaine said. Clinton’s proposals on this front include universal pre-K, repairing public schools in low-income areas and allowing low-income families to send children to community colleges and public universities tuition-free.
Kaine took a couple of swipes at Trump in his speech. He said that while he has worked to fight against housing discrimination, Trump was sued by the Justice Department for discriminating against minorities seeking to rent from him.
“That’s a pretty clear distinction,” Kaine said.
Kaine also contrasted Clinton’s and Trump’s approach to responding to the water issues in Flint.
Clinton had been in continual communication with Flint’s mayor and helped to start a fund to make sure that residents received safe water. On the other hand Trump “tried to show he cared” about Flint by stopping at a water treatment plant, telling everyone they did a good job and then went to a church “and ended up picking a fight with the pastor,” Kaine said.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which champions liberal causes and candidates, praised Kaine’s speech.
“It’s great to see Clinton and Kaine keeping the volume high on their bold progressive promises like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, a $15 minimum wage, the public option, and opposing the TPP,” said PCCC Press Secretary Kait Sweeney. “Hillary Clinton can avoid being outflanked in Wednesday’s debate by Donald Trump’s faux economic populism by being vocal on these popular progressive ideas.”