Clinton's running mate comes out swinging against Trump

HILLARY Clinton's running mate has wasted no time in putting the boots into the Republicans' nominee for the US presidency, Donald Trump.

On stage with Mrs Clinton at a Miami rally, Virginian Senator Tim Kaine asked the crowd: "Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?"

Speaking in fluent Spanish at one stage to a Latino-laced audience, the former Virginia governor alluded to Mr Trump's stated determination to deport millions of residents and build a wall on the US border with Mexico.

"Welcome to everyone, in our country, because we're all Americans," he said.

Mr Trump's suggestion he might not honour US security commitments to NATO allies was slammed by Mr Kaine, who also took aim at the billionaire's casino bankruptcies and failed Trump University.

"When Donald Trump says he has your back, you better watch out," he said.

"He leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes. We can't afford to let him do the same thing to our country."

Mrs Clinton painted her 58-year-old pick for vice-president as a man with a sense of social justice who liked "to get things done", pointing to his time as a civil rights lawyer and working with missionaries in Central America.