CNBC Exclusive: CNBC Transcript: Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine Speaks with CNBC’s Kelly Evans on “Closing Bell” Today

WHEN: Today, Tuesday, October 18th

WHERE: CNBC's "Closing Bell"

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine on CNBC's "Closing Bell" (M-F, 3PM-5PM ET) today, Tuesday, October 18th. Following is a link to the video on CNBC.com:http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000560442.

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KELLY EVANS: SENATOR KAINE JOINS US NOW FROM DETROIT IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW. WELCOME TO "CLOSING BELL."

SENATOR TIM KAINE: GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, THANKS.

EVANS: I WANTED BEGIN BY ASKING YOU ABOUT SOME NEWS THIS MORNING, SENATOR. AN FBI OFFICIAL CONCEDING THAT HE TOLD THE STATE DEPARTMENT HE WOULD LOOK INTO CHANGING THE CLASSIFICATION OF A CLINTON E-MAIL IF THE OFFICIAL WOULD LEND HIS AUTHORITY TO AN FBI REQUEST TO INCREASE PERSONNEL IN IRAQ. DO THESE QUID PRO QUO FINDINGS SENATOR ALARM YOU?

KAINE: THEY'RE ALLEGATIONS BUT I THINK BOTH THE FBI AND STATE DEPARTMENT SAID THERE WASN'T A QUID THERE WASN'T A PRO AND THERE WASN'T QUO. WHAT THIS WAS WAS A NORMAL BACK AND FORTH THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN AGENCIES OVER CLASSIFICATIONS OF DOCUMENTS. I SERVE ON TWO COMMITTEES THE ARMED SERVICES AND FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEES WHERE WE DEAL WITH A LOT OF CLASSIFIED MATERIAL. I'M VERY FAMILIAR WITH INNER AGENCY DISPUTES OVER WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AND WHEN. IT IS OFTEN THE CASE THAT DOCUMENTS ARE CLASSIFIED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND THEN THEIR CLASSIFICATION CHANGES. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS.

EVANS: ALRIGHT SENATOR I ALSO COUNTED 18 POLICY PROPOSALS IN THE SPEECH YOU JUST GAVE TO FIGHT POVERTY RANGING FROM UNIVERSAL PREK TO RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO CREATING PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OPTION. I GUESS THE QUESTIUON IS WHAT IS THE TOP OF YOUR WISH LIST IF YOU WERE TO BE ELECTED AND THEN HAVE A SPLIT GOVERNMENT VERSUS A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS?

KAINE: VERY GOOD QUESTION. THE ECONOMIC PLAN THAT HILLARY PUT ON THE TABLE IS SORT OF FOUR BIG PILLARS. IT'S INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING AND RESEARCH AND INVESTMENTS IN WORKERS AND THEIR SKILLS. IT IS FAIRNESS POLICIES LIKE MINIMUM WAGE, EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN, PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND THEN IT IS FOCUS ON SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS. SO WE TALKED ABOUT THOSE PILLARS BUT SPECIFICALLY THOSE THAT ARE REALLY FOCUSSED ON POVERTY, BRINGING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY AND THE ONE THAT I THINK AS YOU POINT OUT IF THE CONGRESS WERE TO BE DIVIDED THE ONE THAT TO ME SEEMS RIGHT AT THE CORE OF WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO IS MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEN WORK FORCE SKILLS. BECAUSE THESE ARE PROPOSALS THAT ARE EMBRACED BY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ORGANIZED LABOR THEY ARE EMBRACED BY MAYORS AND GOVERNORS OF BOTH PARTIES AND SO WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO LOOK AS WE PUT TOGETHER THE ECONOMIC PLAN IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT WE THINK WE CAN REALLY GET CONSENSUS INSIDE CONGRESS AND OUTSIDE CONGRESS TO MOVE FORWARD ON. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE CORE PILLARS WHERE I THINK BIPARTISAN SUCCESS IS MOST LIKELY.

EVANS: IF THAT CHANGES AND THE CONGRESS IS DEMOCRATIC WHICH I DON'T KNOW HOW LIKELY THE MOST RECENT POLLS ARE BUT CERTAINLY PEOPLE ON WALL STREET HAVE STARTED TO PRICE THAT IN A LITTLE BIT DOES THAT MEAN SOMETHING LIKE A PUBLIC OPTION WOULD VAULT TO THE TOP?

KAINE: THE PUBLIC OPTION IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HOLD HEALTH CARE COSTS DOWN FOR THE PUBLIC TREASURY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES, TOO. AND THERE ARE PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN FLOATED IN THE PAST MOVING THE MEDICARE PURCHASE AGE DOWN TO LET PEOPLE BUY IN THAT COULD HOLD COSTS DOWN. IF YOU HOLD COSTS DOWN THEN PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY TO SPEND FOR OTHER THINGS OR TO BUY BETTER HEALTH CARE THAT'S GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BUT I STILL THINK THAT THOSE BASIC JOB INVESTMENTS AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SKILLS OF THE WORK FORCE I'M SITTING IN A WONDERFUL WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAM LOCATION CAMPUS IN DETROIT THOSE ARE GOING TO BE THE CORE OF IT. WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO FIND A BIPARTISAN ACCORDANCE WHATEVER THE LINEUP IS IN EITHER HOUSE.

EVANS: ONE RELATED ISSUE IS WHAT YOU SAID THIS AFTERNOON ABOUT LOOKING TO REDUCE OUT OF POCKET AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS. QUESTION IS HOW. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFICS ON HOW YOU WOULD REDUCE OUT OF POCKET COSTS AND LOWER COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

KAINE: ONE PROPOSAL THAT WE REALLY SHOULD DO AND IN FACT WE EVEN KNOW THAT IT WORKS IS IN MEDICARE PART D FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T NEGOTIATE OVER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING. WHEN THAT BILL WAS PASSED IN THE EARLY 2000S IT WAS SET UP IN MY VIEW AS SORT OF A FATAL FLAW WHICH IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT USE ITS HUGE PURCHASING POWER IN THE PROGRAM TO NEGOTIATE TO BRING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS DOWN. THAT ENDS UP AFFECTING THE PUBLIC TREASURY AND THE OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES OF EVERYONE WHO IS MEDICARE PART D RECIPIENT. THE REASON WE KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER IS WHEN THE V.A. BUYS THE SAME DRUGS THEY GET TO NEGOTIATE FOR PRICES AND THE SAME IS THE CASE IN OTHER PROPOSALS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PURCHASED BY THE DOD FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY. IF WE LOOK AT PRICE DISCOUNTS WE GET OVER AT THAT SIDE OF THE LEDGE AND DO THE SAME THING IN MEDICARE PART D WE WOULD SAVE SENIORS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MONEY. THAT COULD BE BETTER USED ELSEWHERE.

EVANS: THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO PROMINENCE IN PART BY ELIZABETH WARREN AND BERNIE SANDERS. HOW MUCH POWER WOULD THESE COLLEAGUES OF YOURS HAVE IN A CLINTON/KAINE ADMINISTRATION? SHOULD WE EXPECT ELIZABETH WARREN TO BE IN THE CABINET?

KAINE: I HAVE NO IDEA ANYTHING IN THE CABINET BECAUSE THAT WOULD SUGGEST WE ARE PRESUMPTUOUS AND WE ARE NOT. WE ARE JUST FOCUSING ON WINNING THIS ELECTION IN THREE WEEKS. BUT LOOK IN TERMS OF THE IDEAS SENATOR SANDERS, SENATOR WARREN HAVE IMPORTANT IDEAS THAT THEY PUT ON THE TABLE. SO I TALKED TODAY ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE DON'T ALLOW ROLL BACK OF DODD-FRANK. WE HAVE TO KEEP REGULATION ON ABUSIVE PRACTICES AND ON WALL STREET SO THAT WALL STREET DOESN'T TANK MAIN STREET AGAIN. THESE ARE THEIR IDEAS BUT OUR IDEAS, TOO. WE PUT DODD-FRANK IN PLACE FOR A REASON AND WANT TO STRENGTHEN IT NOT GET RID OF IT OR WEAKEN IT.

EVANS: ONE SOURCE OF CONFUSION ON WALL STREET IS WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION STANCE WOULD BE WHEN IT COMES TO WALL STREET. IN SOME OF THE WIKI LEAKS E-MAILS CLINTON SEEMS MORE WILLING TO WORK WITH WALL STREET BANKS BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE WHOLE CAMPAIGN HAS MOVED FURTHER LEFT IN TERMS OF THE POTENTIAL OF REINSTATING GLASS STEAGALL LOOKING TO DO A KIND OF TAX ON A RISK FEE THAT COULD RAISE 8 TO 18 BILLION FROM THE BIGGEST BANKS. WHICH HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD WE EXPECT WHEN IT COMES TO BANKS AND WALL STREET?

KAINE: LET ME JUST -- HAVING BEEN IN THIS FOR 22 YEARS -- THERE IS NOT A CONFLICT WITH BEING WILLING TO WORK WITH AND BEING FOR TOUGH REGULATION. YOU OFTEN HAVE TO WORK WITH TO DEFINE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE PROBLEM AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SOLUTIONS ARE GOING TO HAVE THE EFFECT THAT YOU WANT RATHER THAN UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES. HILLARY IS A GOOD LISTENER THIS IS SOMETHING I DEFINITELY KNOW ABOUT HER FROM HAVING WORKED WITH HER IN THIS CAMPAIGN SHE IS GOING TO LISTEN. WE ARE VERY, VERY COMMITTED WITH RESPECT TO WALL STREET THAT THE KINDS OF ABUSES THAT LED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY TO GO INTO A FREE FALL AT THE END OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION WE'RE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE THAT AGAIN. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP PROTECTIONS AND GUARD RAILS IN PLACE SO THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS PROTECTED. THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALL LISTEN. IT DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE THE REGULATIONS REALLY WORK IN PRACTICALITY AND NOT JUST IN THEORY BUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO TICKETS ON THIS IS VERY VERY SHARP WE ARE GOING TO MAINTAIN DODD FRANK AND TRY TO STRENGTHEN IT AND THE OTHER GUYS WANT TO GET RID OF IT. –

EVANS: SO DO YOU THINK WALL STREET SHOULD BE WORRIED?

KAINE: NOBODY SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT FAIR REGULATIONS THAT ENABLE THE ECONOMY TO GROW BUT IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY AND NOT A VOLATILE WAY THAT IS MORE SUBJECT TO BOOMS AND BUSTS. WE DID GREAT REGULATION SADLY AFTER THE DEPRESSION THAT KEPT OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM GENERALLY IN PLACE EVEN AS WE WERE EXPERIENCING UPS AND DOWNS IN THE ECONOMY FOR 70 YEARS. THEN WE ALLOWED A WHOLE LOT OF TRANSACTIONS TO GO INTO AN UNREGULATED POSTURE THAT HELPED TAKE THE ECONOMY DOWN. WE JUST CAN'T REPEAT THAT MISTAKE.

EVANS: NOW, FROM BIG BANKS TO SMALL BUSINESS, WHICH IS ALSO SOMETHING YOU BROUGHT UP IN YOUR REMARKS AGAIN TODAY.

KAINE: YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

EVANS: SAYING THAT BOTH OF YOU COME FROM SMALL BUSINESS FAMILIES. ONE CONCERN FROM SMALL BUSINESS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN THE ESTATE TAX PROPOSALS. SO A 65% LEVY IS AN ENORMOUS ONE AND YOU KNOW, SPEAKING FROM THAT EXPERIENCE, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT YOU COULD END UP GETTING SMALL BUSINESSES OR LARGER FARMS SWEPT UP IN THAT. THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO REWARD PEOPLE WHO KIND OF GET OUT THERE AND SET UP ENTERPRISES AND TAKE THAT RISK AND EARN THAT MONEY FOR THEMSELVES. IS IT FAIR TO TAKE 65%?

KAINE: WELL, LOOK, THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION. WE SEE A GROWING CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IS NOT JUST UNFAIR, IT IS ACTUALLY HURTING THE ECONOMY. MOST WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IF THE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE EVEN, GDP WOULD BE HIGHER. WE WOULD ALL BE DOING BETTER. AND SO THAT IS WHY THE ESTATE TAX IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD MAINTAIN. AND YOU KNOW, ANY POLICY CHANGE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND SOME EXAMPLES AND PUT THEM ON THE TABLE AND SAY, "WELL, GOSH, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?" BUT FOR THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE ESTATES THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THIS ESTATE TAX, WE REALLY THINK IT IS EQUITABLE AND FAIR. AND THEN, THE REINVESTMENT OF THOSE DOLLARS BACK INTO STRATEGIES TO GROW THE ECONOMY DON'T JUST HELP A FEW PEOPLE, THEY HELP EVERYBODY EVEN THOSE WHO ARE PAYING AT THE TOP END IN THE TAX PROPOSALS THAT WE HAVE ON THE TABLE.

EVANS: RIGHT. THOSE TAX PROPOSALS ACTUALLY ARE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WHEN WE TALK TO PEOPLE – YOU KNOW, TO OUR AUDIENCE – AND ASK THEM, "WHO ARE YOU SUPPORTING? ARE YOU SUPPORTING TRUMP? ARE YOU SUPPORTING HILLARY?" ONE THING A COUPLE OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS – SORT OF RELUCTANT TRUMP SUPPORTERS, I WOULD SAY – HAVE SAID, WHETHER THEY ARE MONEY MANAGERS OR CEOS, IS THEY MAY NOT FAVOR THE GUY, BUT THEY LIKE THE KIND OF CABINET THEY THINK THAT HE WOULD PUT TOGETHER AND THE KINDS OF PROPOSALS, ULTIMATELY, THAT HE WOULD STAND FOR IN TERMS OF LOWER TAXES AND ROLLED BACK REGULATION. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE?

KAINE: WELL, I'LL SAY TWO THINGS. FIRST, INDEPENDENT ANALYSTS LIKE MOODY'S THAT HAVE LOOKED AT BOTH OF OUR PLANS, BASICALLY SAY THAT HILLARY'S ECONOMIC PLAN, IF IMPLEMENTED, THE ECONOMY WOULD GROW AND WE WOULD ADD 10.5 MILLION JOBS. AND THE TRUMP PLAN, IF IMPLEMENTED, WE WOULD BE IN RECESSION AND WE WOULD LOSE 3.5 MILLION JOBS. SO, I CAN'T IMAGINE ANY SAVVY FINANCIAL PERSON WHO THINKS THAT THE TRUMP PLAN IS GOING TO BE BETTER WHEN THE INDEPENDENT ANALYSTS WHO ARE PRETTY SHARP AT THIS SAY IT WILL BE DRAMATICALLY WORSE. AND SECONDLY, WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES, LOOK, THE TRUMP PLAN DOES A LOT OF TAX GIVE AWAYS AT THE TOP END. BUT GROUPS LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER WHO HAVE LOOKED AT IT, SAY IT WILL RAISE TAXES ON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. AND THAT IS JUST NOT WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE DOING RIGHT NOW. OUR PROPOSAL IS NOBODY WHO MAKES LESS THAN $250,000 IS GOING TO SEE A RATE INCREASE. AND BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE TARGETED TAX RELIEF, MILLIONS OF FAMILIES UNDER THAT THRESHOLD WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO DOWN. I THINK ANYBODY LOOKING AT THESE TWO PLANS FAIRLY WOULD SAY ONE IS PREFERABLE. AND THE THING ABOUT THE TRUMP PLAN THAT IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS IS IT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF PLAN THAT WE EMBRACED. WE TRIED IT. WE TRIED IT TEN YEARS AGO AND IT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PUT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY INTO RECESSION. WE CANNOT GO BACK TO THAT.

EVANS: SENATOR, LET ME PIVOT TO FATHER WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM WHO YOU TALKED ABOUT IN YOUR SPEECH.

KAINE: YEAH, THANK YOU.

EVANS: YEAH. HE WAS A LOCAL PARISH PRIEST WHO DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT RACIAL TENSION AND POVERTY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE YOU SPOKE TODAY. AND SO HE STEPPED OUTSIDE THE PEWS, YOU SAID, AND BROUGHT HIS MINISTRY TO THE STREETS, FOUNDING FOCUS, HOPE TO ADDRESS POVERTY AND INJUSTICE IN STRUGGLING NEIGHBORHOODS. YOU YOURSELF ARE A CATHOLIC, AS WELL. AS AM I. AND SO THERE WERE SOME TOUGH TALK ABOUT CATHOLICS IN THE RELEASED E-MAILS FROM THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN. AND I JUST WONDER WHAT YOUR RESPONSE IS. WHAT YOU THINK FATHER CUNNINGHAM'S RESPONSE WOULD BE TO ALL OF THAT.

KAINE: YEAH, KELLY, THERE WAS A QUOTED E-MAIL. AND YOU KNOW, I DON'T VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF ANY, BUT THERE WAS A QUOTED E-MAIL FROM MANY YEARS AGO BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN WAS UNDERWAY FROM A CURRENT STAFFER WHO HERSELF A CATHOLIC. I LOVE MY CHURCH AND I HAVE BEEN A CATHOLIC SINCE BIRTH. BUT I HAVE HAD MY DIFFERENCE WITH THE CHURCH OVERTIME AND EXPRESSING DIFFERENCES WITH YOUR OWN RELIGIOUS TRADITION THERE IS NOTHING PARTICULARLY UNUSUAL ABOUT THAT. BUT WHAT I WILL SAY IS THIS. I KNOW HOW HILLARY CLINTON FEELS ABOUT CATHOLICS. BECAUSE WHEN SHE HAD TALKED TO ME ABOUT JOINING THE TICKET, WE SHARED OUR FAITH STORIES. HER OWN METHODIST UPBRINGING AND MY OWN CATHOLIC UPBRINGING. AND SHE REALLY VALUES SOMEBODY WHO COMES AT THIS WORK FROM A FAITH AND VALUES PERSPECTIVE. SO, I DON'T VOUCH FOR ANYTHING IN THE E-MAILS. BUT I KNOW DIRECTLY WHAT HILLARY CLINTON FEELS ABOUT CATHOLICS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A VALUES-BASED ORIENTATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE.

EVANS: SENATOR, THERE WAS ALSO A FUNNY MOMENT IN A FLORIDA DINER OVER THE WEEKEND WHERE A WOMAN THOUGHT YOU WERE MIKE PENCE.

KAINE: YEAH.

EVANS: YOU KNOW, WHEN I'M THINKING THROUGH YOUR ROLE IN A CLINTON ADMINISTRATION ESPECIALLY TO A PUBLIC WHO MAYBE – WELL ACTUALLY, BEFORE I ASK THE QUESTION, LET'S REMEMBER THAT MOMENT.

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KAINE: HI GUYS, I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI QUICK. I'M TIM KAINE. HOW ARE YOU?

WOMAN: OH HELLO, MR. PENCE. HOW ARE YOU?

KAINE: I'M THE OTHER ONE.

WOMAN: OH.

KAINE: I'M KAINE, NOT PENCE.

EVANS: I'M THE OTHER ONE, IN CASE PEOPLE COULDN'T HEAR THAT THERE.

KAINE: AND KELLY, I WILL GIVE THAT WOMAN CREDIT BECAUSE SHE ALSO HAD THE FASTEST RECOVERY ON RECORD WHEN I SAID, "I'M THE OTHER ONE" HER NEXT LINE WAS, "AND YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE THE OTHER ONE, I STILL THINK YOU ARE GOING TO DO JUST FINE." SO, WE SHOULD HIRE HER BECAUSE SHE WAS SO FAST ON HER FEET.

EVANS: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR ROLE WOULD BE IN A CLINTON ADMINISTRATION? AND I ASK IT ALSO INTENTIONALLY, KIND OF, AFTER ADDRESSING THE ISSUES ABOUT WHAT YOU PERSONALLY STAND FOR AND WHAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO STAND FOR IN THE ADMINISTRATION.

KAINE: YEAH. YOU BET. YOU BET. AND WE'VE TALKED A GOOD BIT ABOUT THIS. YOU KNOW, THE ROLE OF THE MODERN VICE PRESIDENT REALLY IS AND HILLARY HAS DESCRIBED IT THE SAME WAY. TO BE THERE AND WITH HER WHEN SHE IS MAKING EVERY IMPORTANT DECISION, TO OFFER MY TWO CENTS FOR MY SERVICE IN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT NOT ONLY TO OFFER, BUT ALSO TO LEARN FROM THE DECISIONS THAT SHE MAKES. THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE ROLE. BUT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT A COUPLE OF THINGS. ON THE ECONOMIC AGENDA, I HAVE BEEN A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER CARING ABOUT EQUITY ISSUES, BUT I HAVE ALSO BEEN A MAYOR AND GOVERNOR FOCUSED UPON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEALS AND GROWING JOBS AND WAGES. SO THE SHARED PROSPERITY AGENDA I'VE WORKED ON ALL SIDES OF THAT ONE AND I THINK THERE IS WORK FOR ME TO DO RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ON THAT. SECOND, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK AS WELL AS IT CAN. WE OUGHT TO BE DELIVERING THE BIGGEST BANG FOR THE TAX DOLLAR WE CAN AND SERVING PEOPLE AS EFFICIENTLY AND AS INNOVATIVELY AS WE CAN. AND HAVING BEEN A MAYOR AND GOVERNOR, I THINK I COULD WORK A LITTLE BIT ON THAT. AND THEN FINALLY, BECAUSE I WAS A MISSIONARY IN HONDURAS MANY YEARS AGO, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE AMERICAS. I HAVE A SPANISH FLUENCY. I THINK THERE IS HUGE UPSIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNITED STATES MORE BROADLY ACROSS THE AMERICAS FROM THE YUKON TO PATAGONIA, AND I WOULD LOVE TO WORK ON THAT SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE STRONGEST TIES POSSIBLE.

EVANS: ALLRIGHT. SENATOR TIM KAINE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME ESPECIALLY AFTER GIVING THIS POVERTY SPEECH TODAY.

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