Merkley Says Kaine Is An “Excellent Choice”

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is an “excellent choice” as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential-running mate.

As Clinton and Kaine, named Clinton’s choice on Friday, head into next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia it’s unclear whether the selection of Kaine will appeal to progressives from places like Oregon, which is expected to favor Bernie Sanders on the convention floor after the Vermont senator defeated Clinton in its May 17 primary.

Merkeley says some party progressives have concerns about some of Kaine’s position, namely his recent vote in favor of fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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