Democratic vice presidential nominee visits memorial at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the site of a mass shooting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Kaine visits memorial at Pulse Nightclub
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STORY: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine visited the memorial at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the site of a mass shooting, ahead of the first presidential debate.
“This is a weird thing to say, but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech would be the worst one ever,” Kaine said.
In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.
Kaine was joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband retired astronaut Mark Kelly.
On June 12 Omar Mateen opened fire in the night club killing 49 people and wounding 53 others before he was killed by police after taking hostages during a three-hour standoff.
Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen born in New York to Afghan immigrant parents, claimed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State militant group in a phone call with authorities during his rampage.
U.S. authorities believe that Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, with his wife and young child, was self-radicalized and acted alone without assistance or orders from abroad.
Kaine is expected to attend an LGBT Debate Watch party in Orlando Monday night.