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Liberal Groups to Hillary: Don't Choose Tim Kaine

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By    |   Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 04:08 PM

A liberal group that previously endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president said it would be "potentially disastrous" if Hillary Clinton chooses Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Democracy for America told The Hill Kaine would hurt the party's chances of beating Republican Donald Trump in the November election.

"Making Senator Tim Kaine our vice presidential candidate could be potentially disastrous for our efforts to defeat Donald Trump this fall," executive director Charles Chamberlain told The Hill.

"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."

Chamberlain said Kaine's stances on trade and regulating banks would be harmful to the party. The Virginian was in favor of President Barack Obama having fast-track authority regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a deal Chamberlain called "job-killing."

Kaine has also sought to have less bank regulations.

According to the Washington Times, another liberal group — the Progressive Change Campaign Committee — is also against Clinton picking Kaine.

"Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick will be seen by many as a proxy for how she will govern — boldly or cautiously. The wrong pick could deflate energy among potential donors and volunteers, hurting Democratic efforts to win the White House," co-founder Stephanie Taylor told the Times.

"After promising to oppose the TPP, it's important for Clinton to pick someone who shares that position, especially after her delegates rejected that position in the party platform. It's also important she pick someone committed to strong Wall Street reform. Otherwise, there will be a giant opening for Trump and other Republicans to outflank Democrats on economic populism issues and win important swing votes."

Trump called the TPP a "rape of our country" in a speech last month.

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