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CNN Panel Laughs at Kaine: What Difference Does it Make if Hillary Doesn't Hold a Press Conference?

Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine rally at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia, USA - 14 Jul 2016. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Laughter broke out on a CNN panel after the panelists watched a clip of Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine (D-VA) spin why the presidential candidate has not held a press conference for more than 270 days.

“God bless the people who get to be vice-presidential nominees, because they have to say things like this,” Inside Politics host John King said.

“Look, I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press everywhere you go,” Kaine said on Thursday. “She talks to the press a lot, and I’ve been with her when she’s talked to the press.”

The panel watched the clip and then burst into laughter.

Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon recently promised that “Hillary Clinton will hold press conferences.” The remarks came during the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.

“The amount of interaction can only go up,” he said, pointing out that press will soon be flying with Clinton on her new campaign plane.

“I’m sure that will bring with it a lot of opportunities for additional access to the candidate and interactions between her and the traveling press corps that covers her every day,” Fallon told ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and political director Rick Klein on the podcast.

“We are very respectful of the press and the job that they have to do,” Fallon continued. “We have done a lot of interviews, but I know that no matter how many questions we answer in a variety of formats, it is the press’s job to always demand more access. We respect that, and so we’re going to seek further ways to accommodate that in the remaining months of the campaign.”