During a presidential election, it’s important for a party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates to be on the same page, especially when it comes to defending a perceived scandal.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine was recently asked about Hillary Clinton’s “careless” use of a private email server, and his answer probably wasn’t what his running mate wanted him to say.
Kaine told CBS’ Norah O’Donnell that Clinton would agree with FBI director James Comey’s assessment that her use of a private email server was “careless,” according to The Daily Caller.
O’Donnell asked Kaine his thoughts on Comey’s July 5 statement that although he wasn’t recommending charges be brought against the former secretary of state, he acknowledged that her use of the private server to send and receive classified information was “extremely careless.”
“Yep, he said that, and I think she would acknowledge that,” the vice presidential nominee told O’Donnell. “She said ‘look, it was a mistake.’”
Watch Kaine’s comments here:
Clinton, however, was on a totally different page when she was asked essentially the same question during an interview in July with PBS’ Charlie Rose.
The presidential candidate deflected and played dumb, claiming that she “did not know” why Comey used that term to describe her actions.
“But was it careless?” Rose asked Clinton.
“I think you would have to say 300 people who communicated with me on email are among the most careful people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with,” she said, as if those people were the ones who were responsible for Clinton using an unsecured server and putting our national security at risk.
Clinton’s response was far different from Kaine’s, and it showed there is a lack of communication between the two on an issue that desperately needs them to appear as a united front.
The email scandal will follow Clinton all the way to the November election, and — Heaven help us — to the White House if she is elected. Kaine better prepare himself for having to answer for her mistakes for potentially years to come.