Former Virginia Gov. and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine made yet another campaign appearance in Falls Church today, on a crisp but sunny afternoon at the Eden Center, where the focus was on diversity and a last-minute appeal to the regional Vietnamese-American and Pacific Islander vote. It marked Kaine’s fifth appearance in the City of Falls Church during the campaign, and he said it was appropriate to be emphasizing his support for diversity at his final rally before Monday’s wrap-up swing around the state ahead of Tuesday’s election. “I can’t think of a better place to stand before our final swing into the election,” he said.
In urging supporters to push the few remaining undecided voters, he said that by now party labels aren’t a factor, nor are negative ads, since voters have been bombarded by them for months. Instead it is “positive words from someone they trust” that will make the difference at this point, he said.
Kaine’s walking tour of local businesses at the center (he got a rousing cheer from the largest assembly of people in a popular restaurant where everyone was watching the Redskins game) and rally at the spot of a new fountain in the center drew a large media presence. He hailed Virginia’s recently-acquired status as a “battleground state,” noting that if it wasn’t all the press wouldn’t be there.
Kaine, following his appearance at a rally in Bristow with President Obama and Former President Clinton last night, attended church services in three languages this morning — English, Korean and Spanish — before coming to the Eden Center, where he was introduced by Korean-born State Del. Mark Keam.
Keam, who represents a district in Fairfax County, said he loves coming to the Eden Center because of the smell of the food and quipped that Kaine’s campaign slogan of “Kaine4Virginia” would there be revised to “Kaine Pho Virginia.” Indeed, neither he nor Kaine had eaten, he said, since hitting the campaign trail to the three churches this morning, and following the rally they stopped to eat at the center before heading to a final campaign fundraiser at a private home in McLean.