Obama spokesman: Kaine would make good VP
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday volunteered Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHarris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-Va.) as someone who President Obama believes would make a good running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report The Hill's Campaign Report: What the latest polling says about the presidential race | Supreme Court shoots down GOP attempt to block NC mail ballot extension MORE


The spokesman confirmed reports that Obama and Clinton have spoken about potential vice presidential picks, which includes at least two Cabinet secretaries — Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE — who were both mentioned by talk radio host and Hill columnist Bill Press.  

“It seems natural that Secretary Clinton might consult President Obama about the process,” Earnest said. 

Clinton is expected to make her vice presidential decision as soon as Friday.

While he acknowledged Obama might not have a specific favorite, Earnest cited Kaine as someone whom the president views as well suited to join Clinton on the Democratic ticket. 

Though the Virginia senator does not serve in the administration, Obama considers him as “one of his” due to Kaine’s early support for the president’s 2008 campaign and his past service as Democratic National Committee chairman. 

“All of these individuals have fulfilled their responsibilities quite well,” Ernst said. “They have distinguished themselves, and the president is pleased that all three of them have distinguished themselves in serving the public while President Obama has been in office.”