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Transcript Of Tim Kaine's Closing Statement Focused On His & Hillary Clinton's Experience


To close out the one and only debate between the candidates for vice-president, Hillary Clinton's running mate didn't attempt any big theatrics, but instead drove home the main points about what Clinton hopes to accomplish by unifying the country during her potential presidency while claiming Donald Trump is unfit for the same role. As the transcript of Tim Kaine's closing statement illustrates, that was an effective way to readdress some significant issues while also allowing some genuine concerns about Trump to linger on viewers' minds.

Going into the night, few expected the affable Kaine was going to throw any major curve balls during the debate. As an experienced politician who has held every office from mayor to governor to senator, it wasn't Kaine's first debate—which meant it was going to be difficult to rattle him. On that level, he proved to be a solid spokesperson for Clinton.

Still, he managed to direct a few strong criticisms at his opponent, Mike Pence, who had to go on the defensive for Trump throughout the night. In doing so, Kaine allowed many of the potential voters watching at home to get their first good glimpse of who he is an an individual. That also led to Kaine and Pence speaking over each other multiple times during the night, so it was a positive change when each candidate had the opportunity during his closing statement to speak uninterrupted.

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FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (L) listens as Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) speaks during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Here is what Kaine said during his closing statement at the vice presidential debate, which was a response to a question about his plans to unify the country...

With his powerful, direct closing statement, he put a nice bow on what many are already calling a good night for the Democratic ticket.