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Survey: Why Did Hillary Go Mild with Tim Kaine?—Sharon Kyle

Survey: Why Did Hillary Go Mild with Tim Kaine?—Sharon Kyle

Hillary Clinton VP Pick Tim Kaine

In an effort to win over moderate swing voters and the growing hordes of independents, Hillary Clinton intends to move to the center now that she's won the nomination. At least that's what is being widely reported. To explain why Clinton would use this tactic, Robert Reich offers this:

Hillary is only doing what she knows best. Moving to the putative center is what Bill Clinton did after the Democrats lost the House and Senate in 1994 – signing legislation on welfare reform, crime, trade, and financial deregulation that enabled him to win reelection in 1996 and declare “the era of big government” over.

With such a large contingent of Bernie voters still up for grabs, it's puzzling that Hillary's VP pick wouldn't be one that appealed more to the progressive vote that could put her back in the White House.

Reich goes into further depth in his piece but bottom line he believes her selection of Tim Kaine as her vice president is among the first of many decisions that reflect her intention to veer away from the left and go to the center.

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On the internet and in social media, left-leaning denizens are describing Hillary's selection of Kaine as “missing the mark,” “lacking inspiration,” and "a slap in the face” to progressives. With such a large contingent of Bernie voters still up for grabs, it's puzzling that Hillary's VP pick wouldn't be one that appealed more to the progressive vote that could put her back in the White House.

While it is true that Tim Kaine has voiced opposition to the death penalty, he oversaw 11 executions as the governor of Virginia. Although Kaine has publicly supported a woman's right to choose, his personal opposition to abortion is likely to dampen the enthusiasm of some of Clinton's more ardent pro-choice supporters. And his past support for the Trans Pacific Partnership might be a deal breaker for a good chunk of Sanders supporters when it comes time to cast a vote in November.

So this weekend we'd like to hear from the LA Progressive readers. Why, when polls indicate that Trump and Clinton are running neck and neck, would Hillary chose the Virginia senator given that his positions don't exactly resonate with progressives?

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