All eyes are turning to the Democratic Party as it is slated to begin its national convention in Philadelphia next week. With it come questions as to the party’s presumptive presidential nominee’s pick for a running mate.
The New York Times believes it has the answer, according to “strong signals” it received from Hillary Clinton insiders, and its prediction is driving liberal Democrats up the wall. He’s a moderate.
But the choice wouldn’t be based on ideology so much as political expediency. The Times reported:
Democrats close to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign signaled strongly Thursday that she would choose Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, rounding out the ticket with a popular politician from a battleground state.
Other publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and, as here, Sky News, made the same prediction.
Sky News Latest: Tim Kaine Tipped As Clinton’s Running Mate – Senator Tim Kaine recently campaigned with Mrs Cl… https://t.co/KO6FWo5hYf
— Cleddau Radio (@CleddauRadio) July 22, 2016
But politics be damned, liberals proclaimed — ideological purity is what counts. The Times went on to report:
Many of the groups that backed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in his Democratic contest against Mrs. Clinton had hoped she would extend an olive branch to the liberal wing of the party and choose a vice-presidential candidate whose stances on Wall Street and global trade deals closely aligned with those of Mr. Sanders.
But that wouldn’t happen with Kaine. Getting to specific issues, The Times noted that:
Liberals say they are concerned about Mr. Kaine’s positions on global trade deals and Wall Street regulation. He has been an outspoken advocate of free trade and has defended the North American Free Trade Agreement, which many voters in Rust Belt states blame for the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico. He voted in support of “fast track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that President Obama has championed.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
Liberals rip into Sen. Tim Kaine over letter that they see as pro-banking https://t.co/WaPdYuHIJ9
— L.A. Times News 24/7 (@latimesfirehose) July 22, 2016
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And political observers found other problems with Kaine — from a progressive point of view.
If HRC chooses Tim Kaine, it’ll indicate a definitive impending swing to the right when it comes to legislation. https://t.co/P3EuCu1CtL
— Josh Shepperd (@joshshepperd) July 22, 2016
— #BERNIEFACTS (@Bernie_Facts) July 22, 2016
— Scurrilous Dog (@Scottymcmahon22) July 22, 2016
Clinton is likely to announce her vice presidential pick some time Friday, in an effort to remove some of the hoopla from the Republican National Convention.
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