Vulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine
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A vocal opponent of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE and vulnerable Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE praised Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list MORE's VP pick on Friday night. 

"Trying to count the ways I hate @timkaine. Drawing a blank," Flake tweeted, adding that Kaine was a "good friend." 

Clinton's official account retweeted Flake's post.


Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, another vulnerable Republican, also sent out a statement lauding Kaine.

"While Hillary Clinton would be a disaster as president, I have high regard and respect for Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills 'Granite Express' flight to take staffers, journalists to NH after Iowa caucuses MORE," Toomey said. 

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE, who was among the crowded field of Republican candidates for president, tweeted that he found Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: It's not a 'foregone conclusion' that lawmakers impeach Trump Pence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice MORE  "more palatable" than their presidential nominee counterparts, Clinton and Trump.

The Republican National Committee quickly blasted the ticket, although Chairman Reince Priebus didn't aim any attacks specifically at Kaine other than to say he "holds positions that she’s spent the entire primary trying to get to the left of."

"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. More taxes, more debt, more government and more leading from behind on the global stage will not deliver the turnaround our country desperately needs. Americans have had enough of the failed Democrat status quo," Priebus said.