REVOLT ON THE LEFT: Liberals press Clinton not to pick Kaine for VP.
Liberal Democrats are launching an eleventh-hour campaign against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joining Hillary Clinton’s presidential ticket.
The advocates say Kaine, a moderate who’s risen to the top of the VP shortlist, should be disregarded both for his positions on trade and for joining an effort this week to deregulate some of the nation’s largest banks.
“Let’s be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group, said Thursday in a statement.
“Our presidential ticket cannot beat the billionaire bigot by simply being not Donald Trump. To win in November, our ticket needs to have an unquestionably strong record in the fight against income inequality, one of the defining issues of the 2016 election.”
The advocates are warning that a centrist like Kaine would send the wrong message to the liberals constituting the Democrats’ base — many of whom had supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the primary — and dampen turnout at the polls in November.
If Trump’s such a bigot, why was Hillary at his wedding? Oh, right, she was paid to, same reason she does everything else.