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Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. >> Tim Kaine is shrugging off any possibility that he could be embarrassed by the release of hacked emails.

WikiLeaks, which has been posting stolen emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, has twice taunted the Democratic vice presidential candidate that he’s in for a “surprise.” U.S. intelligence officials say the leaked Podesta emails are part of a series of high-profile computer hacks of Democratic targets orchestrated by the Russian government.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday in Boston, Kaine said he’s a “regular human being” and he has nothing to be “overly embarrassed about.”

Kaine, whose affable nature has led to numerous internet dad jokes since he was tapped by Clinton to be her running mate, said it’s not his style to write nasty emails that could come back and haunt him.

“I would say it would not be my norm. I do have a temper so, I mean, I imagine I’ve got an email or two out there that people might find unusual,” Kaine said.

He pointed out that thousands of emails from his time as Virginia governor have already been made public and that there’s nothing in them that’s proved a major embarrassment.

Kaine has routinely questioned the authenticity of WikiLeak’s releases and said the emails were hacked as part of an unprecedented effort by the Russian government to try and influence the presidential campaign. Both Russia and WikiLeaks have denied that charge.

It is impossible to authenticate each hacked email that WikiLeaks has published, but Democrats have openly acknowledged they were hacked and have not pointed to any specific case where an email was altered to inflict political damage.

WikiLeaks’ taunts appear connected to Kaine questioning the validity of the emails in public. The group taunted Kaine on Sunday after he appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he called release of the emails part of a Russian propaganda effort.

Kaine said he’s aware he could be prime target of a hostile foreign government, but he’s determined not to be distracted in the final days before Election Day.

“I’ve been very good in my political life of not letting people throw me off my game,” Kaine said.

42 responses to “Vice presidential nominee shrugs off threat by WikiLeaks”

  1. samidunn says:

    Can’t imagine this guy as our president.

    • Corruption says:

      Hillary Clinton Resume:

      Lying and Attacking Catholics

      Lying & making Countries Pay to Play

      Lying & Running Secret Arms to Libya

      Lying & Threatening to Drone Julian Assange

      Lying and Abusing the Clinton Foundation for Profit

      Lying and Abusing Power as Secretary of State

      Lying & Rigging the DNC Nomination

      Lying & having a illegal Private Server

      Lying and Deleting Classified / Top Secret E-mails

      Lying & Profiting Millions from Russia on Uranium

      Lying and Dozen’s of People Dying

      Lying & Never Dodging Sniper Fire

      Lying & Enabling Her Rapist / Cheating Husband

      Lying & Saying Chelsea was jogging around the WTC on 911

      Lying on the Benghazi Committee & Letting 4 Americans Die

      Lying & Her & her Husband looting the White House

      Lying and Profiting from Filegate

      Lying and taking $ from Chingate

      Lying and taking $ from Pardongate

      Lying and taking $ from Travelgate

      Lying about Watergate & being Fired

      Lying & having Vince Foster Killed

      Lying and Defending a Child Rapist

      Lying and Concealing Rose Law Firm Billing RECORDS

      No More Clinton’s !!!

      TRUMP / PENCE 2016!!!

      • bumbai says:

        Are you trying to imply that Hillary lies? Stop being so subtle.

        • beachbum11 says:

          Oh boy. No one can be that stupid. Go back and check her history from before she got to be WH ladie.

      • CEI says:

        She was also calling the shots when government forces massacred 80 innocents at Waco which led to the liquidation of Voice Foster. Also the cattle futures scandal and Whitewater. And lying about being named after Sir Edmund Hillary.

        • beachbum11 says:

          Comment awaiting moderation. Hope they are fair. Lots worst I have seen

        • sarge22 says:

          Tim Kainey is very spooky. If you look closely you can actually see the puppet strings. He makes a sweet lap dog. Where did they find this guy. Thought McCain made a bad choice. Wow this takes the cake.

      • amela says:

        If you think that’s bad you should see the Republicans emails!

        • Ronin006 says:

          I am waiting. Where are they?

        • MillionMonkeys says:

          The Russians want Trump in.

          Trump win, thanks to Russia. Putin invites Prez Trump to Russian Palace. Putin sets up Trump with Russian 10’s who let him “grab ’em by the p—–.” Putin goes to America, takes over.

          Now Putin done with Trump, release Trump emails and tax returns. Former Trump supporters, now in Russian concentration camps, say “DOH!”

        • sarge22 says:

          The Russians will be our friends. The military industrial complex will be in deep trouble. Nothing wrong with that. Fear has controlled the liberal sheep for far too long. Can’t we all just be friends?

    • krusha says:

      Give it up already. They tried to nail Hillary on whatever they can and nothing has stuck. They should nickname her teflon Hillary already. The alt-right should focus on the next presidential elections in 2020 already and maybe convince Kanye West to run as a Republican.

    • Boots says:

      Can’t imagine the Donald as the president of anything. Sad that republicans have fallen so low.

  2. Cellodad says:

    Oh, I don’t know. Sen. Kaine may be the only really likable character to emerge from this election.

    • butinski says:

      All clowns seem likable but are buffoons. If HRC’s health falters, we get this guy as POTUS?

    • kuroiwaj says:

      IRT CelloDad, with all the WikiLeaks out thus far, we are very interested in the next release on Sen. Kaine. And, the Clinton/Kaine campaign avoiding discussing the emails could be a strategic error because, as the campaign, announced are hacks from the Russians. The Federal agencies are not certain, and continue their investigation if it is the Russians.

      • sarge22 says:

        CNN caught red handed….again
        cnn has been recognized as the Clinton news network since the 90s when it defended that lying sack of garbage as he sat on TV and lied directly to America (before the blue dress was revealed).

        No difference between him and her in terms of of their morals and ethics, it was the blue dress then, its Wiki=Leaks now..

        • cojef says:

          If true check, check ownership of CNN? Secret cabal and all the intrigue of the cold war hysteria? Truth in this day and age is elusive?

      • NanakuliBoss says:

        The trumpy’s are waiting eagerly for a criminal enterprise like Wiki leaks to feed them. ” Hey Wiki, we are ready for your next load” “Assange ,the sex offender, says, OPEN WIDE TRUMPY,I’M DROPPING THIS LOAD IN YOUR “

  3. DABLACK says:

    What about the many dead people that voted ?? And the voting machines that were “off calibration” and changed the Rep votes to Dem ??

    • amela says:

      If you’re going to claim that dead people vote for the Democrats what about the people who are alive with dead brains voting for Trump? That should be illegal too.

      • Boots says:

        lol, yes brain dead republicans. There are so many of them. Love the link that dablack provided to back up his statement. Oh, that’s right, he provided no link.

  4. MillionMonkeys says:

    Imagine what a leak of Trump staff emails would be like. I mean, on an everyday basis they’re all publicly saying the goofiest, weirdest, deplorable things! Imagine what’s been said and written behind the scenes!

    • amela says:

      Trump and staff are paying the Russians millions not to release their emails. Is it not obvious? I mean not one piece of email, please give me a break.

      • sarge22 says:

        Item of interest for the truth seekers…”It’s one thing for the right-wing press to accuse the Clinton foundation of cronyism, corruption, and scandal (especially if the facts, and internal admissions by affiliated employees, confirm as much) – it tends to be generally ignored by the broader, if left-leaning, media. But when the Watergate scandal’s Bob Woodward, associate editor at the liberal Washington Post, says very much the same, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has no choice but to notice. This is precisely what happened today when journalist Bob Woodward told a Fox News Sunday panel that the Clinton Foundation is “corrupt” and that Hillary Clinton has not answered for it.

        Here, courtesy of RealClearPolitics, is the transcript of today’s exchange:

        CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Then there are the allegations about the Clinton Foundation and pay to play, which I asked Secretary Clinton about in the debate, and she turned into an attack on the Trump Foundation.

        But, Bob, I want to go back to the conversation I was having with Robby Mook before. When — when you see what seems to be clear evidence that Clinton Foundation donors were being treated differently than non-donors in terms of access, when you see this new — new revelations about the $12 million deal between Hillary Clinton, the foundation, and the king of Morocco, are voters right to be troubled by this?

        BOB WOODWARD, THE WASHINGTON POST: I — yes, it’s a — it’s corrupt. It’s — it’s a scandal. And she didn’t answer your question at all. And she turned to embrace the good work that the Clinton Foundation has done. And she has a case there. But the mixing of speech fees, the Clinton Foundation, and actions by the State Department, which she ran, are all intertwined and it’s corrupt. You know, I mean, you can’t just say it’s unsavory. But there’s no formal investigation going on now, and there are outs that they have.

        But the election isn’t going to be decided on that. I mean Karl was making the point about this, I’m not going to observe the result of the election. I mean that’s — that’s absurd. I mean it has no consequence. If Trump loses, they’re not going to let him in the White House. He’s not going to have a transition team. And — and to focus on that, I think, is wrong. I think the issue is, what’s going to be the aftermath of this campaign.
        So it’s corrupt, it’s a scandal, and… it will have no consequences at all. It’s time to look up the latest definition of Banana republic again.”

        • deepdiver311 says:

          then why isn’t he and the wapo investigating? like they did in watergate?
          saying is one thing, doing is another

        • cojef says:

          Very few if any media attention/coverage/investigation has been given to these issues. Much has changed from the Nixon era and how media has been corrupted. Nazis were masters as history has shown how the masses can be hoodwinked. Our citizens have been hoodwinked and turn to the media to do our thinking. We have lost our morality when truth are longer our way of life. Today one is not sure how we should conduct ourselves. The end justifies the means, lies and cheating included. There is no shame in lying. Truth be damned!

        • sarge22 says:

          Does the term cover up ring a bell? Have you seen the Clinton hit list? What happened to Vince Foster. Wikileaks is exposing the misdeeds.

        • HanabataDays says:

          And what happened to Benedict Arnold?! Just look what happened to Benedict Arnold. And do the Clintons have an alibi for that day? Well, do they?!

  5. nomu1001 says:

    If Assange cannot differentiate between Trump and Clinton visions for America, his leaks are hypocritical and WikiLeaks has lost credibility. Didn’t he compare both candidates to choosing between cholera and gonorrhea?

    And the recent statement by WikiLeaks on the DOS attacks are therefore hypocritical as well.

  6. justmyview371 says:

    Who started this Russian accusation anyway? We have plenty of good hackers in this country.

    • LittleEarl_01 says:


      • Cricket_Amos says:

        Reminds me of the “vast right wing conspiracy” that was brought up by Hillary as a way to deflect from President Bill’s behavior.

        “The Russians did it” is a classic example of attacking the messenger in order to divert attention from the contents of the message.

    • MoiLee says:

      The Clinton Campaign! and further more,those Wikileaks are NOT from the Russians.
      Why is it so Bad when the hackers for Wikileaks merely tell the Truth and why it’s not bad when the NYT steals and publish personal documents…….

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