Clinton, Kaine Don’t Plan to Match Trump’s Name-Calling

  • Democratic candidate demurs on response to ‘Crooked Hillary’
  • Running mates predict Democrats will take back the Senate

Hillary Clinton and her new running mate said they won’t use the kind of insults that Donald Trump has used during his presidential campaign, with Senator Tim Kaine saying that “most of us stopped the name-calling thing” in the fifth grade.

“I’m not going to engage in that kind of insult-fest that he seems to thrive on,” Clinton, who will be anointed the Democratic nominee this week at the party’s convention in Philadelphia, said on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

She’d been asked what name she would call Trump in response to his repeatedly referring to her as “Crooked Hillary.”

Clinton and Kaine sat down on Saturday for their first joint interview, some hours after holding a rally in Miami in front of an exuberant crowd of about 5,000.

Kaine, named to the ticket on Friday, said Trump’s nickname for the former Secretary of State, and chants at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland to “lock her up” were “just ridiculous.”

“It is beneath the character of the kind of dialogue we should have,” said Kaine, a former governor of Virginia and mayor of its capital city, Richmond. “Because we’ve got real serious problems to solve.” Clinton said “it felt very sad” to see.

‘So Saddened’

“I don’t know what their convention was about, other than criticizing me. I seem to be the only unifying -- theme that they had. There was no positive agenda. It was a very dark, divisive campaign,” said Clinton. “Negative, scapegoating, fear, bigotry, smears. I just was so saddened by it.”

The Democratic ticket confronted the question of how they might govern if the U.S. Congress remains in Republican hands after November.

Kaine said he thinks Democrats will retake the Senate this November, given the number of vulnerable Republicans up for re-election, but that the House “is going to remain in Republican hands,” albeit with a narrower majority. Clinton suggested a chance for Democrats to take back the House; “who knows?” she said.

Failing that, said Clinton, the new administration would come in ready to work across party lines. “We’re going to come in with the attitude that, ‘You know what? We will talk, work, and listen to you 24-7,”’ she said.

Kaine talked about how his views on gun control measures had been honed by the massacre on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, while he was governor. Until June’s attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the incident, carried out by a senior at the university and which left 32 people dead, was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

“When I went to my legislature even six months later, and with the wound still fresh, I could not get the Virginia legislature to do the comprehensive background record check that we should do,” Kaine said. “I thought how hard it is to do something that makes sense. So, you know, you-- you-- you mourn falling short, but we just got to keep-- keep trying.”

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