Aggressive in spotlight, Tim Kaine charms donors in private

Donors and people who have attended Kaine's smaller campaign rallies say they see Kaine as a down-to-earth policy wonk who is a good listener and persuasive speaker.

By: AFP | Washington | Published:October 8, 2016 5:48 am

Tim Kaine may not have wowed America in the vice presidential debate, but he’s a hit with the donors who are fueling Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. An Associated Press analysis of data from the campaign shows the Democratic vice presidential nominee has raised at least $21 million and attended at least 70 fundraisers since joining the ticket in July.

Donors and people who have attended Kaine’s smaller campaign rallies say they see Kaine as a down-to-earth policy wonk who is a good listener and persuasive speaker. That’s in contrast to the Kaine who constantly interrupted Republican rival Mike Pence in Tuesday’s debate.

Kaine is also an effective emissary to Republicans skeptical of Donald Trump. California venture capitalist Jillian Manus, who hosted Kaine in September, says her Republican friends walked away impressed.

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