Tim Kaine says Donald Trump's comment on Gennifer Flowers shows he views debate as 'part of the entertainment industry'
CBS4's Jim DeFede asked Tim Kaine about his thoughts on Donald Trump suggesting he would invite Gennifer Flowers, who claimed to have an affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s, to the first presidential debate.
"What it said to me about Donald Trump was 'I'm viewing this as kind of part of the entertainment industry.' This is deadly serious. This is deadly serious," Kaine told DeFede on Sunday, the day he also spoke at Miami Dade College. "We've got all of these challenges at home and abroad, the good thing is America can always solve our challenges if we just let everybody around the table together -- don't divide against one and other. So the fact that he was doing that to me was par for the course. This was like it was a reality TV show. No, this is not that. This is trying to be commander in chief, the president of the most important nation on earth."
Trump's comment about Flowers began after Mark Cuban, a Trump critic and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, tweeted that he had been invited to the debate by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Trump responded by bashing Cuban's TV show the "Benefactor" and said:
"If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!"
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, speaking on CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday, said "we have not invited (Flowers) formally and we don't expect her to there as a guest of the Trump campaign."
Bill Clinton initially denied rumors of an affair with Flowers but admitted under oath in 1998 to having a sexual encounter with her.
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