Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine officially accepted Hillary Clinton‘s offer to serve as the former Secretary of State’s running mate in a speech at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday afternoon. He spoke in both English and Spanish to the crowd.
Clinton first took the stage to introduce Kaine, who previously served as mayor of Richmond, Virginia, and governor of Virginia before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
“Next week in Philadelphia, we will offer a very different vision for our country; one that is about building bridges, not walls,” she said. “I am so thrilled to announce that my running mate is a man who doesn’t just share those values, he lives them.”
She continued her praises by comparing her running mate to her opponent Donald Trump and his vice president selection.
Kaine eventually took the stage, and much of his introduction was in Spanish. He is fluent in the language and started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras during his time at Harvard Law School. (Kaine also made history in 2013 when he became the first senator to give a speech in Spanish on the senate floor.)
“I’m feeling a lot of things today,” Kaine told the crowd. “Most of all, gratitude.”
Kaine discussed several issues that mattered most to him and and the campaign’s “strong, progressive agenda.” These included the military, as he mentioned his son’s upcoming deployment with the Marines, immigration reform and gun violence.
“Anybody who loves America this much deserves to be here,” he said when talking about immigration reform, encouraging the crowd to attend a naturalization ceremony.
He also got emotional when talking about his time as governor during the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. He called it “the worst day of [his] life.”
“As governor during one of the most horrible shootings in America’s history, this issue is very close to my heart, very close to my heart,” he said. “And I know that many of you here feel exactly the same way after that tragic shooting in Orlando in June. We can do better, folks. We can do better.”
Kaine continued with many praises for Clinton, and the crowd erupted in “Hillary” chants several times throughout his speech.
“Here’s something you can tell about a great leader: She not only delivers in the easy times or the simple times,” Kaine said. “She delivers in the tough times and she delivers when she’s on the receiving end of one attack after another. She never backs down.”
He also threw some jabs at Trump.
“We’ve seen again and again that when Donald Trump says he has your back, you better watch out,” he said, later imploring the crowd to ask themselves, “Do you want a “you’re fired” president or a “you’re hired” president?”
And toward the end, he referenced Trump approving of Russian president Vladmir Putin.
“He doesn’t trash talk everybody,” Kaine said about Trump. “He likes Vladmir Putin.”
Kaine ended his speech, saying “Let’s go make history!” and he and Clinton joined hands while waving to the energetic crowd.
“I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. -H,” she wrote, pairing the tweet with a picture of the running mates fist bumping.