Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine has been called an "attack teddy bear" for some of nice but fiery remarks on Donald Trump. In an interview with Sinclair's Scott Thuman, Kaine said he thinks humor is the best way to "puncture" the Donald's "puffed up" ego.
Kaine laughed at his new nickname.
He recalled Trump calling him a "weird little dude."
"My response was yawn," Kaine said.
"I have run and won races in very tough real estate, I've done it by being true to me, but I'm not going to hesitate to point out where I think he's wrong for American and Hillary Clinton's right for America."
Kaine has sat for interviews as Governor of Virginia and a member of the U.S. Senate, but the newly-minted Vice Presidential candidate had to admit, things have changed a bit.
"It's a little bit different, but my wife and I really are embracing the adventure and I'm just so honored to be part of this ticket with Hillary Clinton."
Discussing his home state of Virginia, Kaine said he does think that it was a big factor in Clinton selecting him as running mate.
"I mean I'm sure I have some modest charms of my own but I think being from Virginia is a big deal."
While questions regarding whether more progressive-leaning voters will come around to a Clinton-Kaine ticket remain, Kaine seemed optimistic about efforts to unify the party.
"Even this week, the convention started off on Monday with a lot of churn and turmoil to it but the arc of the week through today has been progressively getting stronger and stronger," Kaine described.
"Bernie did a great job on Monday" Kaine said.
"He's done a lot of good things to get his supporters on board," Kaine said, adding that while they are a "rambunctious family," he feels the "unification efforts" are going well.
Discussing his decision to support President Obama back in 2007, Kaine said it was "a very hard choice."
"Both were superb public servants and history making candidacies but at that time I knew then-Senator Barack Obama very very well, much better than I knew Senator Clinton because of a quirky reason," Kaine said.
"Barack Obama's maternal grandparents and his mother are from El Dorado, Kansas which is where my mom and maternal grandparents are from, so we just had this connection that was a very very strong one."
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