Tim Kaine: Clinton has most ambitious jobs plan since WWII

Posted August 3
Updated August 4

— Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on Wednesday said at a campaign event in Greensboro that Hillary Clinton's five-point economic plan would benefit the majority of Americans and add 10 million jobs to the country.

Calling it the "most ambitious jobs plan" in the country since World War II, Kaine said Clinton first wants to boost the nation's infrastructure, from highways to broadband Internet. Rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges and getting more people online, Kaine said, will have short- and long-term benefits.

"When you do infrastructure, you hire people immediately," Kaine said. "But then you raise the platform for success for decades to come."

Ahead of Kaine's event, the North Carolina Republican Party released a statement criticizing the Virginia senator's time as governor of the state, saying that he proposed $4 billion in tax increases while unemployment rose.

"It's clear Tim Kaine knows nothing about sound economic policies," state Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, said in the statement. "Under GOP leadership, North Carolina has become home to the fastest growing economy in the nation, added more than 300,000 jobs, lowered unemployment in all 100 counties and implemented historic tax reform envied by current Virginia Governor and close friend of Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe."

Giving states the ability to control education, working toward debt-free college and raising the minimum wage punctuated Clinton's plans for the country, Kaine said, adding taxes from the wealthy and big corporations will help pay for the plan.

"Hillary Clinton has pledged to build an economy for everyone, not just those at the top," Kaine said.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Kaine said, does not have a plan to match Clinton's.

"Trump doesn't really have a plan," Kaine said to the cheering crowd. "What he says is 'Believe me.' ... Every time you get to the details, and it's just, 'Believe me.'"

Kaine has been reaching out to Southern voters this week, campaigning in Florida on Tuesday and Virginia on Monday. WRAL News requested a one-on-one interview with Kaine, but the request was denied.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is visiting Raleigh on Thursday.


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  • Joseph Shepard Aug 8, 5:09 p.m.
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    Hey come on WRAL--this is old news--how about printing something else with a little more objectivity in it???

  • Marvin Sanderford Aug 8, 1:39 p.m.
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    I do not understand something. According to all the information out there from Pro-Admin forces, the jobless rate being at or below 5%, why is it necessary to have such an "ambitious job plan" when there will be few people to fill it... you know, because everyone is already working. Something doesn't make sense

  • Roy Delbert Aug 5, 8:02 p.m.
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    This is bull she stated " higher taxes for the middle class "and these people cheered. How brained washed can one be to cheer for bringing home less money. My pay has been stale for the last eight years with my net decreasing insurance continue to rise, this Aug 18% increase on a 70/30 plan. I now work a second job to provide for my family. Also have applied at better jobs with no success. My family is voting against anyone in office time to change the whole crew in N.C and D.C

  • Demute Sainte Aug 4, 12:52 p.m.
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    Based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.... Clinton's plans would raise taxes by $1.3 TRILLION, but still be $2.2 TRILLION short in paying for them.

    Tax and spend even more=more debt!

  • Fenway O'Donnell Aug 4, 8:27 a.m.
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    Can we get a candidate that talks about controlling the deficit? Please!!! Anyone, any party?

  • Byrd Ferguson Aug 3, 10:53 p.m.
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    Tim Kaine, you are the most boring person I have ever listened to speak. Your speaking in Spanglish is hilarious though. You sound like a total

  • Joseph Shepard Aug 3, 8:04 p.m.
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    Infrastructure? Jobs??? Seems I remember Obama claiming the same stuff with his $875 Billion stimulus plan---75% of which ended up helping people in Europe. So we see what we can expect from Hildabeast--more of the same old carp that we got from Obama...No Thanks..

  • Derril Salter Aug 3, 7:57 p.m.
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    Hillary visited a tie plant where Trump was criticized for outsourcing. However, her husband Bill, signed in the NAFTA agreement and the jobs went south by the way of his pen.

  • Derril Salter Aug 3, 7:55 p.m.
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    Hillary was at a tie plant where the su

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 3, 4:31 p.m.
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    If u believe this I have some land to sell you in Florida