VP Candidate Tim Kaine Campaigns At FAMU

Aug 26, 2016

Across the state, colleges and universities are coming back into session, and some are getting attention from presidential campaigns.

Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine at a voter registration rally at Florida A&M University.
Credit Kate Payne/ WFSU

Florida is one of the most watched swing states in the nation. President Barack Obama won the state by less than one percent in 2012. This year Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hopes to broaden that margin. One of the voting blocs getting some attention? College kids. Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine held a rally Friday at Florida A&M University, one of the most popular schools during election cycles.

“The reason that we’re here at FAMU, you have a superb reputation of any university, of student activism. And of getting people to understand the critical importance of voting,” Kaine said.

Kaine called on students to mobilize their friends and family.

“So we’re starting actually a national movement with HBCUs and other universities as colleges are coming back into session. To talk with students about registering and voting. And we want FAMU to lead the way. Are you ready to do that?”

According to the Pew Research Center, the electorate is becoming younger and more diverse, demographics that tend to favor Democrats.