Kaine Avoids Calling Clinton Trustworthy

October 13, 2016

Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) avoided calling running mate Hillary Clinton "trustworthy" on Thursday during an appearance on The View.

Kaine, vice-presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, did not directly address host Jedediah Bila's question about whether or not Clinton was trustworthy. He instead turned the discussion to Clinton's passion for healthcare reform. Kaine claimed that Clinton's work on healthcare demonstrated her sterling character, but evaded any confirmation of her trustworthiness.

Bila raised the issue of trust in connection with recent Wikileaks releases, which have led Clinton to admit to having a "public and private persona when talking about issues" and "that she may have gotten debate questions ahead of time."

Bila then asked Kaine what he would say to voters who doubt that she can be trusted.

Kaine responded by attacking the validity of the Wikileaks releases.

"Russians are behind it. The Russian government is behind it. So anybody that would hack to try to destabilize an election, you can't automatically assume that everything in all of these documents are even real," Kaine said.

Kaine then suggested that Clinton's lifelong passion for empowering families and kids demonstrates her excellent character.

"She said: 'Can I get health insurance for every low-income kid if I can't get it for everybody?' And working together with Democrats and Republicans, she did," Kaine said. "That tells you something about who she is."

Clinton has faced accusations of being untrustworthy throughout her campaign and the public has consistently viewed her as such.

During the most recent presidential debate on October 9, her opponent Donald Trump threatened to put her in jail for her unauthorized use of a private email server to handle confidential government matters during her tenure as Secretary of State. When Clinton tried to claim trustworthiness by comparing herself to Abraham Lincoln, Trump responded that "Honest Abe never lied."