Tim Kaine: Clinton has most ambitious jobs plan since WWII
Posted August 3
Updated August 4
Greensboro, N.C. — 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.