Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine on Thursday brushed aside speculation about his place on Hillary Clinton's short-list of vice presidential picks
— but mounted a vigorous defense of the former secretary of state, and offered a good reason he'd be key in helping her win the White House.
In an interview with CNN's "New Day,"
the moderate senator was asked if he'd be interested in the No. 2 spot.
"I don't want to get into that guessing game," he replied, adding: "I have been supporting [former] Secretary [of State] Clinton since April 2014, first encouraging her to run and campaigning for her — especially in the place where I can help the most — a critical battleground state. If she wins Virginia, she's going to be president."
He also trashed Trump's speech on Wednesday that tore apart Clinton's candidacy
"Yesterday was supposed to be a speech by Donald Trump where he was going to make the pivot from criticizing Latinos, women, the disabled, Muslims, to show what a serious candidate he was and so what does he do? He says okay, I won't criticize everybody, I'll just repeat a lot of stories and negative trashing of Hillary Clinton," he said.
"In the meanwhile Hillary Clinton was giving a speech laying out her plans to grow the American economy. And she said Donald Trump is going to be 'you're fired' guy and I'm going to be 'you're hired.' I think that was a great statement."
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