Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate, sat down for an interview with FOX5 television station this week to talk about his experience campaigning with Hillary.
Kaine said he was “disappointed in the outcome” of the election, but he’s proud that they won Virginia and that Hillary won the popular vote.
But when asked what he was feeling the night of the election, Kaine seemingly indicated he didn’t even believe they would win, saying, “I really was holding my expectations down… I always felt like Hillary was the underdog, frankly, because she’s trying to be a woman president and we’ve never had one.”
Also, he said, it’s really hard to win three terms in a row, “so I kept saying, ‘I don’t care what the polls say, you’re the underdog,’ so I was holding my expectations down.”
He repeatedly said he was proud that Hillary won the popular vote, and that they won more votes in Virginia than Obama did. He also said he was proud that Clinton made history as the first woman nominee – of any major party in the country’s history.
Kaine said he and Clinton will be “doing some thank-you events” within the next couple weeks, although he didn’t indicate where.
On Jill Stein’s recount effort, Kaine said the Clinton team “looked at the votes and was not going to pursue it,” but when Jill Stein decided to push forward with the recount, he said, “We have to be at the table to be sure that it’s done right and done fairly.”
Kaine alleged that “there were some odd things done during the campaign,” and people are entitled to know the results are fair, but “we are very doubtful that the results are going to change.”
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