The Latest: Kaine touts Clinton as small business supporter

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s campaign events in North Carolina (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says the lifetime knowledge and esteem he and Hillary Clinton share for small businesses is a stark difference between their backgrounds and Donald Trump.

Kaine toured a High Point company Wednesday that cuts and sews customized window treatments for motel chains. He told Amerifab International President Kajal Bhatt that Trump hurt small businesses that supplied his casino companies by declaring bankruptcy, leaving them with pennies on the dollar of what they were owed for their work.

“That has been a repeated track record with Donald Trump,” Kaine said. “Hillary Clinton will be your “hired” president. Donald Trump will be your “fired” president.”

Kaine said he and Clinton have long been familiar with the operating pressures on small businesses since his father owned a welding and iron-working company while Clinton’s father ran a silk-screening business.

Kaine also showed his fluency in Spanish, engaging with a sewing-machine operator who was unable to respond when he asked how long she had worked at the company. Bhatt told Kaine the woman spoke Spanish. Kaine switch to Spanish and chatted with the woman for about a minute.

He spoke later at a rally in Greensboro.

2:26 a.m.

The Democrat running for vice president is visiting North Carolina aiming to persuade voters Hillary Clinton would boost jobs and the economy if elected president.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine speaks to supporters in Greensboro on Wednesday as he talks up Clinton’s job-creation plan. He’s also scheduled to visit a small business in High Point that manufactures bedding and window equipment.

Kaine has been reaching out to Southern voters this week, campaigning in Florida on Tuesday and Virginia on Monday.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is visiting Raleigh on Thursday.

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