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Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton learned from email "mistake"

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Sen. Tim Kaine defended Hillary Clinton and said that the Democratic presidential nominee learned from her "mistake" using private email servers as secretary of state.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton's vice presidential nominee was asked whether Clinton lied to the American public about sending and receiving classified emails. Kaine dodged the question directly and instead repeated what Clinton has previously said.

"The bottom line is this. She made a mistake and she said over and over again, 'I made a mistake, and I've learned from it, and I'm going to fix it, and I apologize for it,'" the Virginia Democrat said.

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Kaine was also asked to elaborate on a comment he recently made in which he said Clinton is going to do it differently.

"She said it was a mistake. I am not presumptuous enough to start thinking about how I'm going to do things after November. But I know that this is something that she's learned from, and we're going to be real transparent, absolutely," Kaine said.

Clinton has come under fire for claiming in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris Wallace that FBI Director James Comey said her "answers were truthful and what [she has] said is consistent with what [she has] told the American people." The Washington Post Fact Checker and Politifact found that that statement was not true.

On Friday, however, Clinton admitted she "may have short-circuited" her explanation.

Kaine defended her on "Meet the Press" and suggested that Wallace and Clinton were talking past each other during the interview.

"She was saying what Director Comey acknowledged to be true, that, when she spoke to the F.B.I., when she was talking to the F.B.I., the F.B.I. thought her answers in that setting were truthful. Chris might have been asking her a different question," Kaine said.

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