Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Condemns GOP for 'Hateful Rhetoric' - NBC4 Washington

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Condemns GOP for 'Hateful Rhetoric'

Kaine is a potential vice presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton, News4's Tom Sherwood reports

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    Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is blasting what he calls racial rhetoric in the Republican race for the White House. News4's Tom Sherwood explains how his remarks are receiving attention as Kaine is a potential candidate for vice president. (Published Thursday, March 10, 2016)

    Democratic Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is condemning Republican presidential candidates for using "hateful rhetoric" in the race for the White House.

    Kaine was speaking to a group of Hispanic and African-American publishers at the National Press Club when he made comments referring to Donald Trump's controversial statements on Thursday.

    "From a declaration that we shouldn't allow Muslims into the United States, to horrible stereotypes trafficked about many ethnic groups in this country," Kaine said. "This hateful rhetoric which I condemn and abhor - it is the death spasm of a feeling people have about losing control."

    News4's Tom Sherwood reports Kaine's comments are getting national attention as he might be a vice presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton.

    But Kaine declined to say if he would run for vice president.

    "Well, I'm a happy senator and I like my job and I'm not looking for another one, but, look, my best use is helping Secretary Clinton - especially win Virginia."

    Kaine said Virginia is among a handful of critical states for Democrats to win in November.