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Tim Kaine Speaks Spanish, Y Qué?

Hillary Clinton officially has her running mate, and his name is Tim Kaine. If you don’t know him, he is a senator from Virginia, he plays the harmonica, and he speaks Spanish. The media has blown its wad over this latter point. We get it. You need Latinos to win this election. Here’s the thing though: Speaking Spanish is not going to be the way to get Latinos fired up. That said, it doesn’t hurt, considering the rhetoric being spewed by the other side.

This is probably how you first reacted when you heard that Tim Kaine was going to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

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Who is this political cliché of an old, white man? Where’s the flavor and diversity? ¿Pero, por qué?

But then, during his announcement speech at Florida International University in Miami, Kaine busted out his español.

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Not too bad. His accent is definitely that of an old white man, but dude is fluent in our mother tongue. Like, that was kind of refreshing.

Like, legit, it is much appreciated to know that he is willing and able to reach out to the older members of our community. Imagine abuelita getting the chance to understand what the politician is saying without the need for translation.

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But, let’s make sure that we don’t think that just him speaking Spanish is going to get us on board, okay?

While Latinos were celebrating the Spanish like this

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…the media decided that his small amount of Spanish was worth this reaction.

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Can you, like, not?

What could it have been about that speech that would cause the media to lose its mind? Latinos were like:

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There were replays, play-by-plays and a few analyses conducted, and all Latinos found was a man using some of his speech to speak Spanish. Which is cool and all, but definitely not worth all the hype.

Like, the only good thing about Kaine speaking Spanish is the meltdown of white, Republican commentators. They seriously cannot take the browning of America with any kind of grace.

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We are pleased that there is someone in this election that speaks Spanish, but both parties have a pretty long way to go if they think they will secure the Latino vote. It takes more than throwing us a few lines in Spanish here and there.


READ: Here’s How Politicians Try (And Fail) To Win Over Latino Voters

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