Liberal group: Kaine could be 'disastrous' VP pick

Liberal group: Kaine could be 'disastrous' VP pick
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A liberal group is urging Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE not to select Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineJoe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill Manchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights Overnight Defense: Biden, Putin agree to launch arms control talks at summit | 2002 war authorization repeal will get Senate vote | GOP rep warns Biden 'blood with be on his hands' without Afghan interpreter evacuation MORE (D-Va.) as her running mate because of his positions on trade and banking regulation.

"Making Senator Tim Kaine our vice presidential candidate could be potentially disastrous for our efforts to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE this fall," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. The group had endorsed Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE during the Democratic primary.


Chamberlain's statement comes as Kaine appears to be the favorite to be Clinton's vice presidential pick. Clinton is expected to announce her running mate on Friday.

But Kaine is also sparking concern from liberal groups.

Chamberlain criticized Kaine for voting for fast-track authority for the "job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership." He also argued that Kaine has participated in a "push for bank deregulation."

Kaine on Monday signed a letter — along with Democratic Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSanders: Democrats considering trillion spending package Cyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (Va.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Senate filibuster fight throws Democrats' wish list into limbo Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda MORE (Pa.) — to call for the easing of reporting requirements under a liquidity rule so that they would be less burdensome for regional financial institutions. He also signed a bipartisan letter with 70 signatures that urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to tailor their rules so that they don't hurt community banks and credit unions.

"It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy," Chamberlain said.

Another liberal group, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), also urged Clinton on Thursday to choose a running mate who opposes the Pacific trade deal and supports Wall Street reform.

"Otherwise, there will be a giant opening for Trump and other Republicans to outflank Democrats on economic populism issues and win important swing votes," PCCC Co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement that did not name any of the potential vice presidential nominees.