Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine made an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub, the site of the Orlando massacre, Monday along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting.
Giffords, along with her husband Mark Kelly, greeted Kaine at the nightclub, and the two hugged.
Giffords, who was shot while meeting with constituents in 2011, is in Florida to attend a debate watch party organized by the Human Rights Campaign that Kaine will also attend tonight. Both Giffords and Kaine walked into the club’s parking lot, taking time to see the pictures, candles and words people have left to remember those lost in the shooting.
Kaine left white roses at the site. Giffords and Kelly also left white flowers.
They were joined by Florida Sen. Bob Nelson, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign.
As the visit ended, a visibly emotional Kaine walked up to reporters. He cried as he whispered into the camera.
"This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever...as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so,” said an emotional Kaine.
Kaine was governor during the Virginia Tech mass shooting and has called it the worst day of his life. The decision to visit the site of the Orlando shooting and pay his respects was something the senator asked to do, a campaign aide said.
The Orlando shooting left 49 dead.