Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine went on the attack Thursday, hitting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on several national and Nevada-specific issues.
Kaine spoke before a crowd of several hundred people at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Training Center in Las Vegas, with another event scheduled tomorrow at a Henderson senior center.
The Democrat spent part of his speech criticizing Trump's visit to Nevada on Wednesday, including his lack of position on storing of long-term nuclear waste at the state's Yucca Mountain facility.
"This is important, everyone knows about this issue," he said.
Kaine also singled out comments made by Trump at a rally in Reno on Wednesday, where the Republican front-runner pronounced the state's name as "Neh-VAH-da" and suggested that locals say it incorrectly.
"Everyone can make a mistake," he said, continually using the Neh-vad-uh pronunciation. "But it’s only Donald Trump who tries to tell you that you should change the way you pronounce it."
Tim Kaine: "I heard that someone is trying to instruct y'all....a whole new name for the state." pic.twitter.com/4z3kDwDqr1
— Riley Snyder (@RileySnyder) October 7, 2016
Kaine also defended his performance at Tuesday's vice-presidential debate, saying that he accomplished his goal of defending his running mate and ensuring that the debate was focused on Trump.
"I never played hockey before, but now I know what it's like to be goaltender," he said.
In a statement, Trump's Nevada director Charles Munoz said Kaine's debate performance "confirmed Nevadans’ doubts about Hillary Clinton’s judgment and character."