Vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., pitched Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally Monday as an opportunity for voters to make history by putting a woman in the White House.
"The next president of the United States is going to be the president that will commemorate the centennial of women getting the right to vote," the Virginia senator told a cheering crowd in Asheville, N.C.
"I don't think it's too much to ask that it be a woman rather than a guy who offends women virtually every time he opens his mouth," he added, taking a direct shot at GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Kaine also suggested in his address Monday that Clinton is likely the most qualified presidential candidate ever to have been nominated by a major American political party.
"She is the most qualified, most prepared person to be nominated by a party to be their presidential candidate for years and maybe forever," he said, paraphrasing remarks President Obama made last month at the Democratic National convention in Philadelphia.
"First lady of a state, first lady of the country, a U.S. senator, secretary of state," the Virginia senator added.
Kaine explained to the crowd that when he was first asked to be Clinton's running mate, he was excited not just because she is so accomplished, but because he'd also be part of history.
"A nation that in 1776 said equality was going to be our North Star. And then it took 144 years from saying that to even let women have the right to vote," he said. "And now it has been 96 years since then, finally, a party was saying, 'We meant it' … we were bold enough to say [equality] was going to be our goal."
He paraphrased what his mother, who was with him on stage at the Democratic convention last month, told him in Philadelphia: "'I'm here with my son and he's on a ticket where we're going to nominate and then we're going to elect the first woman president in the history of this country.' What an exciting thing.
"What an exciting thing," he said.
Trump drew criticism earlier this year when he accused Clinton of "playing the woman card."
The Democratic candidate has since appropriated his remarks, and repurposed them it into a campaign stop applause line.
"If fighting for women's healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in," Clinton says regularly at her rallies.