Tim Kaine is IN… ¿Ahora Qué?
We refuse to believe that Hillary Clinton’s agenda for Latinos is clear, even more so after the appointment of Virginia Senator Timothy Kaine as her running mate.
Vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine, spoke very nicely on Saturday in Florida, after Hillary Clinton introduced him as her running mate on the Democratic ticket for the 2016 Presidential Election.
So nicely, that she made us suspicious, especially when he spoke the near-perfect Spanish he learned in Honduras.
Is this what the U.S. Latino electorate was waiting for? A strong signal from the Clinton campaign that she, indeed, wants to enlist the Latino vote she urgently needs to defeat Donald Trump in November?
That’s how it came across, at least for the TV sound bites, but in the final analysis we are still uncertain.
The Democratic candidate, for example, has yet to answer an invitation the AL DÍA Editorial Board sent her in February, before the Pennsylvania primary election, to speak to a board of elders in our community and professional journalists from our newsroom, one-on-one, about what she will do, on Latino and non-Latino issues, if she gets elected as the first woman president of the United States this November.
We have stated in these columns, time and time again, that such victory won’t happen unless she directly —not through Tim Kaine— spells it out for the Latino electorate and directly asks this segment to vote her in, massively, well beyond the record 67 percent of Latino vote President Obama got eight years ago, according to Pew.
Kaine’s appointment as her running mate appears to our eyes less a gesture to entice Latinos to vote for her, and more additional posturing of a vacillating campaign that refuses to acknowledge this fact:
In a election run by fear, and only the fearful minority casting the vote, we will have a “President Donald Trump” come January, to many people’s regrets.
Beginning with Bill Clinton, Hillary’s husband, who already lost big time when his VP Al Gore went so confidently to run as his successor in the White House, only to be surprised by smart strategy set up by George W. Bush’s team.
Which reminds us of the same level of comfort we see the Hillary Clinton campaign exuding this week in Philadelphia.