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“Honorary Latino” Tim Kaine Fires Up Latinos con Hillary Rally in Arlington: “Estamos Listos para Hillary!”


Here’s some video, and a few comments by yours truly, on today’s Latinos con Hillary rally in Arlington, featuring Sen. Tim Kaine. Also speaking were former Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada (the master of ceremonies), Del. Alfonso Lopez and Del. Eileen Filler-Corn. I’d say there were at least 100 people in attendance at the Salsa Room on Columbia Pike in support of Hillary Clinton, with just over 72 hours until polls close in Virginia on Super Tuesday (March 1).

First, here’s video of Walter Tejada kicking off the event, leading the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to “Ready for Hillary” co-founder Allida Black, and introducing others in the crowd, like Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Jaime Areizaga-Soto and Arlington County Board candidate Erik Gutshall.

Next, here’s Del. Eileen Filler-Corn emphasizing that we shouldn’t take Tuesday for granted, that a lot of people don’t even know that this coming Tuesday is Virginia’s Democratic primary. Filler-Corn argued that Hillary Clinton has the experience needed to be president, that she’s tough but compassionate, that she’s been fighting for kids and health care for years

Next is Del. Alfonso Lopez, talking about how he’s the first Latino Democrat elected to Virginia’s General Assembly and how great that, but also how far we have to go, with Latinos making up 8.7% of the Virginia population. Lopez said: “We don’t want the ugly, divisive rhetoric from the Republican Party about building a wall, and people who are Latino being thieves and criminals…that’s ugly and it’s not who we are as a country. Hillary Clinton believes in the promise of what American can be…Are we about hope, are we about the future, or are we about divisive politics? We’re about hope and the future!”

Introducing Tim Kaine as the next speaker, Walter Tejada emphasized that the margin of victory in Virginia elections is often small, thus the importance of the Latino community coming out and voting Democratic. Tejada said that Tim Kaine is a “personal inspiration to me…a great friend” and “an honorary Latino.”

Finally, here’s Tim Kaine’s speech – in both English and fluent Spanish. Among other things, Kaine had an interesting riff on how in Honduras, the word “listo” meant not just “ready,” but also “prepared,” “passionate,” “reliable,” “you could count on them” and “they wouldn’t let you down.” So, he asked, “how many people are LISTO para Hillary?” On this same theme, Kaine also argued that Hillary Clinton is “listo” — prepared, compassionate, a fighter, also has the backbone to stand up to opposition in the campaign and beyond. “Her values are our values.”

Kaine talked about Hillary’s lifelong fight for young people, families, women, pre-k education and opportunity for everyone. On health care, Kaine noted that Hillary didn’t give up after losing in the early 1990s, but pushed to expand health care for every American child (SCHIP).

Kaine talked about how he likes and respects Bernie Sanders, but that Sanders voted against comprehensive immigration reform – and that’s a big contrast with Hillary Clinton. Also, Kaine argued that Hillary has been “rock solid” on gun safety and Sanders “not so much.” Kaine noted that Hillary was on the Armed Services Committee, and that her understanding of the military and also diplomacy will serve her well as Commander in Chief. According to Kaine, President Obama named Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, the “face of American diplomacy, because she could walk into any room in the world and immediately have the respect of any leader in any country.”

Kaine ripped Donald Trump for disparaging the U.S. military as a “disaster.” “So wait a minute, you are running to be Commander in Chief of the American military – and that is composed of 1.6 million young men and women who are volunteering to serve in a time of war – but you talk about them with contempt and disrespect in your voice? I want a Commander in Chief who when they talk about the military and military families will talk about them with respect and gratitude in their voice.”

Kaine also stressed that Clinton knows how to get results. He pointed out that 40 Democratic U.S. Senators have endorsed Hillary Clinton, not because they’re the “establishment,” but because some great people — Tammy Baldwin (an “internationally recognized LGBT activist”), Sherrod Brown (“every bit as tough on Wall Street and big banks as Bernie is”) – but because they know Hillary Clinton is someone who can get results – immigration, income inequality, equal pay for equal work, student loan debt, etc. – as president.

With regard to the Latino community, Kaine said it doesn’t realize how much power it has politically — 290,000 Latino adults are eligible to vote in Virginia, and all the last major races in Virginia have been decided by fewer votes than that. According to Kaine, after Tuesday, the primaries won’t be over, but we’ll know that “Hillary will be our candidate.”

As for the general election, Kaine predicted that it will be close, in part because it’s very hard in the U.S. for women to get elected — “we are 75th in the world,” behind Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and other countries in the percent of women in our federal legislature, for instance. So, we have to “work like underdogs” between now and November. Kaine also predicted that the Republican nominee will rely on superPACs to make this election super negative, to discourage people from voting, and “the only chance that we will lose this race is if they lower the participation and lower the energy and lower the enthusiasm and lower the turnout” through negativity and voting restrictions. “You are standing between a campaign of negativity and falsehood and low participation and a true small-d democratic campaign that will sweep Hillary to victory.”

P.S. As Kaine spoke, I kept thinking that he’s effectively auditioning to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, and that his ability to connect with Latinos – in fluent Spanish – certainly can’t hurt him in a potentialy competition with Julian Castro (not to mention the fact that Kaine has enormous experience (as a Mayor, Lt. Governor, Governor, U.S. Senator, domestic and foreign policy…), is ready to be Vice President – or President, if it ever came to that – right now.

  • Kindler

    Es Tim listo ser VP?

    • Si, Tim es muy listo estar VP.

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  • Hillary for Virginia Announces More Than 40 Members of the General Assembly Have Endorsed Hillary Clinton

    Richmond, VA — Today, Hillary for Virginia announced that Hillary Clinton has the support of 42 Democratic members of the Virginia General Assembly who believe she is the best candidate to bring about change that will break down barriers for families in their districts.

    “Hillary has the best educational preparation, the most extensive public service record, and the most comprehensive plans for addressing the educational needs from early childhood to higher education,” said Senator Rosalyn Dance (D-16th District), the 16th member of the Legislative Black Caucus to endorse Clinton. “I am most impressed with her New College Compact Plan which is in alignment with those of President Obama and the legislation introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott. She has presented a realistic rationale of how her goals can be accomplished and the cost to implement them. I will be casting my vote for Hillary Clinton, and once she wins the Democratic Primary challenge I will be working hard to ensure she becomes the first woman to serve as the President of these United States.”

    “It is my honor to endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president,” said Delegate John Bell (D-87th District), who will be campaigning for Clinton in Loudoun County today. “Hillary Clinton is the most experienced candidate and is the type of talented leader our country needs to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. Clinton has a long track record of successfully working with diverse stakeholders to develop practical solutions and she is the type of leader we need to unite our country in a time of great division.”

    The full list of Virginia General Assembly members supporting Clinton is below

    Senator Kenneth “Kenny” Alexander
    Senator George Barker
    Senator Rosalyn Dance
    Senator Adam Ebbin
    Senator John Edwards
    Senator Barbara Favola
    Senator Mamie Locke
    Senator Louise Lucas
    Senator David Marsden
    Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Aston Donald McEachin
    Senator Jeremy McPike
    Senator J. “Chap” Petersen
    Senator Richard Saslaw
    Senator Scott Surovell
    Senator Jennifer T. Wexton

    Delegate Lashrecse Aird
    Delegate Lamont Bagby
    Delegate John Bell
    Delegate Jennifer Boysko
    Delegate David Bulova
    Delegate Betsy Carr
    Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
    Delegate Daun Hester
    Delegate Patrick Hope
    Delegate Mark Keam
    Delegate Matthew James
    Delegate Kaye Kory
    Delegate Joseph “Joe” Lindsey
    Delegate Alfonso Lopez
    Delegate T. “Monty” Mason
    Delegate Delores McQuinn
    Delegate Jennifer McClellan
    Delegate Kathleen Murphy
    Delegate Kenneth Plum
    Delegate Mark Sickles
    Delegate Lionell Spruill Sr.
    Delegate Richard Sullivan
    Delegate Luke Torian
    Delegate David Toscano
    Delegate Roslyn “Roz” Tyler
    Delegate Jeion Ward

  • Jonathan Smith

    Let’s take a step back for a minute.

    Let’s say that a candidate for the Presidency deregulated several major U.S. industries, and then later personally profited from those industries, to the tune of $153 million.

    Would that candidate – EVER – be ethically eligible for the Presidency of the United States? Is that the kind of crony capitalism we want in the White House?


    Shame on these General Assembly members, for allowing political candidates to earn over $150 million by wrecking the American economy, and for endorsing those candidates for the Presidency.