This AFP file photo taken on July
14, 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and
US Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, waving during a campaign
rally in Annandale, Virginia.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are engaged in a non-stop smear
campaign, with each accusing the other of corruption and lying.
a text message to supporters on Friday, Trump, the Republican nominee
for president, depicted Clinton’s new vice presidential running mate as a
continuation of the “rigged system.”
Trump cast US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as “Corrupt Tim” and attacked him for supporting President Barack Obama’s policies.
Kaine is Hillary’s VP pick. The ultimate insiders – Obama, Hillary, and
Kaine. Don’t let Obama have a 3rd Term. Contribute,” Trump said in a
“It’s only fitting that Hillary Clinton would select an
ethically challenged insider like Tim Kaine who’s personally benefited
from the rigged system,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.
serving in government, Kaine has taken tens of thousands of dollars in
freebies – more than $160,000 in fact – on free vacations, free clothes,
and free tickets,” Miller continued.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said in a statement that by
picking Kaine, Clinton “plans to serve as a third term of the liberal
“As one of President Obama’s most loyal
‘yes men’ in the Senate, and a proud Clinton Democrat, Kaine fought to
protect Obamacare despite higher premiums, massive regulations despite
higher costs for consumers, and a foreign policy that even Jimmy Carter
says is a failure,“ McConnell said.
On Thursday, Clinton senior
adviser John Podesta said Trump “is temperamentally unfit and totally
unqualified to be president of the United States.”
A recent poll
shows that demand for an alternative candidate to the two main
presidential nominees has surged since the last presidential election in
2012, underscoring the unpopularity of Clinton and Trump.
to a Gallup poll released earlier this month, Trump and Clinton are
currently among the worst-rated presidential candidates of the last 70