VP nominee Kaine: Voter ID ruling boosts Clinton’s chances

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal court ruling throwing out a voter ID law judges said was designed to discriminate against minorities boosted Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, her vice presidential nominee said Wednesday.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last week means an additional 100,000 voters could cast ballots this fall.

Lawyers representing Gov. Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina filed a request Wednesday asking the appeals court to delay enforcement because they will soon appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Changes to voting laws shouldn’t be made this close to the November election, lawyers representing Republican leaders said.

Kaine asked a couple hundred supporters attending a rally to volunteer for a voter registration drive this weekend and reach voters newly eligible again.

“If your vote doesn’t count, why is the other side working so hard to keep you from it?” Kaine said inside a refurbished downtown train station.

The wide-ranging law passed in 2013 cut the number of days of early voting and eliminated same-day registrations and out-of-precinct voting. A requirement to show a photo ID before voting took effect with the March primary elections. Republicans said that was a common-sense change designed to prevent voter fraud.

McCrory’s Democratic rival for governor, Roy Cooper, warmed up the crowd for Kaine with promises Democrats would boost manufacturing jobs and repeal House Bill 2. The law limits some protections to lesbian, gay and transgender people, and some corporations said they will not expand in North Carolina because of it. McCrory signed the legislation into law in March.

“Many of our entrepreneurs here in North Carolina are still succeeding, but it’s not because of our governor. It’s in spite of him,” Cooper said.

McCrory’s campaign on Wednesday called Cooper’s claims false, noting that job creation is up and unemployment down since the Republican took office in 2013. The state Republican Party also knocked Kaine’s credentials.

“It’s funny that Tim Kaine would come to North Carolina to promote Hillary Clinton’s disastrous economic agenda, considering unemployment skyrocketed and he proposed $4 billion in tax increases while governor of Virginia,” state Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, said in a statement.

Jobs and economic growth were a main focus of Kaine’s visit, his first since becoming Clinton’s vice presidential nominee last month.

Kaine earlier toured a High Point company that cuts and sews customized window treatments for motel chains. He told Amerifab International President Kajal Bhatt that Republican presidential candidate Donald 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.

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

Kaine also showed his fluency in Spanish, engaging 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 switched to Spanish and chatted with the woman for about a minute.


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