Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine used his Spanish skills to urge voters in Florida to hit the polls in just about three weeks.
The Virginia senator took the microphone at Pneuma Church in Miami at a Sunday morning service to ask Latinos to vote. It was the first time a presidential ticket candidate has ever delivered a speech entirely in Spanish, according to the Clinton campaign.
“Buenos dias a todos,” Hillary Clinton’s running mate told a couple hundred people at the Miami church, before talking about his time as a missionary in Honduras and emphasizing the importance of voting on Nov. 6.
“When I lived in Honduras it was during a military government — a dictatorship — and no one could vote during that time,” said Kaine, who also encouraged the crowd to register to vote, according to the Miami Herald. “I’m thankful that this church is working to get people registered.”
Kaine also said he and Clinton are people of faith – he is Catholic and she is Methodist – before retelling the parable of the Good Samaritan, the newspaper said.
“Hillary and I think our administration, God willing, is going to be an administration where every day we’ll work to make a difference in people’s lives,” Kaine said. “It’s important for us to help and offer people compassion — and that’s an important reason to participate in elections.”
Kaine’s speech at Pneuma Church was part of his two-day trip to South Florida which included stopping at the Faith Center, a largely African-American megachurch in Sunrise, and and ended with a stop at TooJay’s Gourmet, a Jewish deli in Plantation.
Florida's voter registration deadline has been extended to October 18.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.