A vocal opponent of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE and vulnerable Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE praised Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary 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."
Trying to count the ways I hate @timkaine. Drawing a blank. Congrats to a good man and a good friend.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 23, 2016
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 KaineObama gives fiery speech for McAuliffe: 'Don't sit this one out' Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE," Toomey said.
Woah. Vulnerable Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey is praising Kaine (while ripping on Hillary) pic.twitter.com/iGKYwhfKQp— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) July 23, 2016
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE, who was among the crowded field of Republican candidates for president, tweeted that he found Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE "more palatable" than their presidential nominee counterparts, Clinton and Trump.
I find the VP candidates -- Governor Mike Pence and Senator Tim Kaine -- more palatable than the presidential nominees.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 23, 2016
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.