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Tim Kaine Looked Like a Dad, Played the Harmonica on The Late Show  

Former hottie and current Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine has made an impression on the national stage with low-key Southern charm, general affability, and madcap harmonica playing. As a politician, he’s familiar in the best way—so familiar, in fact, that he’s inspired a wave of fans to refer to him, simply, as “dad.”

On Thursday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert enlisted his colleague Mark Spada—a former Colbert Report contributor and undeniable Kaine look-alike—to pose as the Democratic vice presidential candidate on the streets of New York. Spada nailed that Kaine-as-dad role: sporting his goofy smile, expertly replicating his love for harmonicas, and intermixing Spanish and English just a smidge too often. Observers were so taken with their meeting with “Tim Kaine,” in fact, that they asked him to pose for photos and even hold their babies.

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Kaine could only laugh as he watched Spada’s killer impersonation. To close out his time on the Late Show, he naturally pulled out his own harmonica, grooving dad-style with Jon Batiste as the clock ran out.

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