EXCLUSIVE: Tim Kaine addresses concerns over terror threat near Election Day
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine is "concerned" over recent reports that federal authorities are currently investigating the possibility of al Qaeda terror attacks on the day before Election Day in major cities across the United States.
Speaking to AOL News on Saturday, the Virginia senator said, "We do have to be concerned," while also adding that he does not feel an "unusual degree" of worry over the new developments.
On Friday joint terrorism task forces were alerted of a potential terror threat to New York, Texas and Kaine's home state of Virginia.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's spokesman Brian Coy told Reuters, "We are doing everything we can to keep Virginians safe, and we're confident they are going to be able to vote safely on Election Day." The New York City Police Department released a statement Friday downplaying the threat's credibility saying it "lacks specificity."
While in Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement "Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant."
According to Kaine the primary area for concern regarding terror is overseas due to the complexities that come with fighting an unpredictable enemy like ISIS.
"The battle against terror is largely the battle against non-state organizations, so these are not nations that follow the Geneva Convention." ISIS and al Qaeda are "trying to strike at any vulnerable point they can find," according to Kaine.
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The vice presidential nominee said challenges often emerge when ISIS militants attempt to "inspire an attack here or there" following progress made by US-Iraqi-Kurdish forces.
"How do you stop that?" Kaine said, adding that one strategy his ticket would employ to combat terror is the "sharing intelligence with allies." Kaine wants to utilize cultivate strong relationships overseas to encourage foreign nations to provide tips of suspicious activity, "'Here's somebody who's traveling, you better watch out for this person' or 'we got a tip, we want you to be aware of it.'"
"If you tear up alliances, in this world, you become weaker, not stronger. Hillary understands that alliances are important because who do you share intelligence with? You share intelligence with your allies," he said.
BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN, reporting by MORGAN WHITAKER