Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine courted Latino voters on Thursday by delivering a speech entirely in Spanish, a first in a race for the White House.
“Whether your family just arrived or has been here since before the United States even existed, Hillary Clinton and I believe we are brothers and ... sisters, and we will be your champions,” Kaine told supporters in Phoenix, according to a translation of his remarks provided by the campaign. “You’re our neighbors, colleagues, friends and families. You make our nation stronger, smarter, and more creative. And I want all of you to know that we see you, and we are with you. America is a better country because of you.”
This is not the first time Kaine how touted his fluency in Spanish, which was burnished by his time as a missionary in Honduras. He delivered his first major floor speech – about immigration reform – in the U.S. Senate in Spanish. And he broke into a few lines in Spanish when he was introduced as Clinton’s running mate.