When A White Politician Speaks Spanish, What Do People Hear?

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

When A White Politician Speaks Spanish, What Do People Hear?

Thanks to the year he spent in Honduras, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine speaks Spanish well enough to give interviews on Telemundo and Univision and to deliver a full-length speech about immigration in Spanish to his colleagues in the Senate. 

So, how much credibility does his ability to speak Spanish lend to the Clinton-Kaine ticket, especially when it comes to different groups of Hispanic voters? 

Morning Shift talks to Jaime Dominguez, professor of political science and Latino and Latina studies at Northwestern University, about how Hispanics and other voters are responding to Kaine and what the stories of other politicians who have spoken Spanish tell us about the American electorate.