RNC slams Clinton-Kaine ticket as 'failed Democrat status quo'

The Republican National Committee quickly put out a statement on Friday evening panning Hillary Clinton’s choice of Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran Senate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families MORE as her running mate.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the choice “does nothing to unify a fractured Democrat base which is repelled by her dishonesty and cronyism” 

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"After spending last week pandering to grassroots Democrats with Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE has chosen someone who holds positions that she’s spent the entire primary trying to get to the left of," Priebus said in the statement.

"Ultimately this is a ticket that represents one thing: four more years like the last eight, just with more corruption and scandal. A Clinton-Kaine administration will push our country further down the path President Obama has led us on and that has made us less safe, less prosperous, and less free. 

Priebus slammed the Clinton-Kaine ticket as more of the "failed Democrat status quo." 

Kaine was picked from a line-up that was being heavily vetted in recent weeks. Kaine, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, was long considered a top contender on Clinton’s VP shortlist that also included New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, 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 and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE.

Kaine appeared on the campaign trail with Clinton in his home state last week.