Dems nominate Kaine for VP

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine'Granite Express' flight to take staffers, journalists to NH after Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Senate panel approves Trump FDA pick | Biden downplays Dem enthusiasm around 'Medicare for All' | Trump officials unveil program for free HIV prevention drugs for uninsured Trump's FDA nominee approved by Senate panel MORE (D-Va.) formally locked down the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. 

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeBooker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair Kamala Harris aide says in resignation letter: 'I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly' Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions MORE (D-Ohio), convention chairwoman, suspended the rules, allowing delegates to confirm Kaine's nomination without a lengthy roll call vote. 


The Bernie Delegates Network — a liberal group including more than 1,200 delegates — had threatened to challenge Kaine's nomination, but their effort fell short. 

Some audible "no" shouts were heard in the Wells Fargo Center when Fudge asked for a voice vote on Kaine.

Sanders supporters accused party officials of delaying and ultimately stonewalling their effort to field a challenger to Kaine. 

Donna Smith, the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, told reporters she visited a local Democratic Party office in Philadelphia to retrieve the forms necessary to submit a challenger to Kaine.  

Instead, in what she characterized as a "wild goose chase,“ she said she was instead given an email address for general questions. 

Kaine has faced skepticism from some liberal voters over his support for some abortion restrictions and his positive comments about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Virginia Democrat has publicly said he's against the trade deal since accepting the VP spot. 

Sanders delegates haven't ruled out protesting Kaine's speech, scheduled for later Wednesday evening, from the convention floor. 

The Democrats’ decision to nominate Kaine by voice vote comes a day after the party formally nominated Clinton for president. 

Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices Democrats press Trump officials over drop in ObamaCare signups amid website problems MORE (D-Va.) formally nominated Kaine on Wednesday.

Updated at 4:52 p.m.