Tim Kaine rally at Davidson College brings out millennial voters

Courtesy Sarah Blake Morgan, WBTV

DAVIDSON, NC (WBTV) – Taking selfies to a soundtrack of Taylor Swift, there was no denying Senator Tim Kaine’s Wednesday rally was made for millennials. Kaine’s outdoor event on the Davidson College campus brought out hundreds.

“I’ve always wanted to come to Davidson. I’ve always wanted to come. My grades weren’t good enough to get me to Davidson,” Kaine joked.

Many of the attendees were Davidson students and some will be voting for the first time come November.

“I’m actually here as a volunteer. I’m just excited to be a part of the political process,” Freshman Sanders O’Toole said.

WBTV asked O’Toole and others what issue is most important to them when casting their vote.

“I think social issues are very important to millennials and also to me personally. Being LGBT and dating someone who is an immigrant, things like that are very important to me,” O’Toole said.

LGBT rights, student debt, police mistrust and the Donald trumped the event’s conversation on a campus where the school’s college republican’s chapter has chosen not to endorse to GOP candidate.

“Pretty tough to say you’re running for commander in chief when every question you get on foreign policy you answer with complete gibberish,” state senator Jeff Jackson said.

Student Elliot Lannon has his mind made up.

“Engaging in twitter battles at three am. I don’t see that as something a rep of our country should be doing,” he said.

During his speech, Kaine weighed in on Trump’s open mic moment from 2005.

“I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t think that’s what men do. I don’t think that’s locker room talk. It’s abusive,” Kaine said.

“It’s definitely beyond the scope of anything political that I’ve ever seen before,” Lannon said.

Kaine also calling Trump to release his tax returns before the November election.

“Donald Trump doesn’t think the rules that apply to everybody else, applies to him,” he said.

Clinton supporter Jenny Langford says she’s voted for Republican presidents in the past, but not this time.

“Neither is a perfect human being, some more egregious than others,” Langford said.

Donald Trump will be campaigning in Charlotte on Friday.

Leading up to Wednesday’s rally, the North Carolina GOP’s chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement:

Tim Kaine’s last minute push to engage millennials who have been reluctant to embrace Hillary Clinton’s candidacy comes after a day of bombshells for the Clinton campaign. Yesterday, voters learned that President Obama’s Justice Department colluded with the Clinton campaign on Clinton’s email scandal, the current DNC Chair gave Clinton a heads up on a forum question during the Democratic primary and that Clinton’s team tried to conflate the Benghazi scandal and her email scandal. This, in addition to revelations that Clinton’s State Department directed Haiti relief efforts to Clinton Foundation donors. With more questions mounting on Clinton’s conflicts of interest and pay-to-play, there’s nothing Tim Kaine can say that will convince North Carolina voters that Hillary Clinton can be trusted with the White House.

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