Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine found himself under fire from liberal groups after he signed two letters that question heavy regulations on regional banks.
A spokesman for Democracy for America, a progressive group, called the bipartisan letters a pro-banking lobbyist effort and said Kaine’s support should keep him from being considered as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
“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,” said the group’s executive director, Charles Chamberlain, in a statement Thursday.
Clinton may announce her running mate Friday. Her top picks are said to be Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, though others, including Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, also have been in consideration.
As in the Republican race, nothing at the convention went as planned. All the talk of blocking Donald Trump’s nomination came to naught, as, mercifully, did fears of violent protest.
Melania Trump’s much-anticipated speech went from triumph to plagiarism controversy in a matter of minutes. Anti-Trump House leader Paul Ryan caved but Ted Cruz didn’t. And though no one talked to an empty chair, the string of reality stars, minor-league celebrities and little-known motivational speakers brought its own sense of the bizarre.
Even before a self-described billionaire called himself the voice of the forgotten man, the fourth and final night doubled down on the convention’s commitment to expectation defiance.
Hours before Donald Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention, a draft of his full speech was leaked to multiple media outlets, including the Washington Post and Politico. It was unclear if the document was legit, or if it was an early version.
When it came time for Trump to talk, he stuck mostly to what was in the prepared remarks, with a few "believe me's" and "absolutelys" thrown in for emphasis.
These are the substantive changes from the leaked version, also obtained by The Times:
Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday evening with a speech that was frightening in more ways than one.
Trump’s overarching intention was to sow fear in America’s voters: Fear of uncontrolled crime and terrorism that “threaten our very way of life.” Fear of immigrants, including refugees from the civil war in Syria. Fear of Muslims, although instead of the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” he proposed last year, Trump said he would suspend immigration from countries that have been “compromised by terrorism.” Fear of foreign trading partners that, thanks to “disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton,” have destroyed American manufacturing.
Finally, Trump warned that Americans should fear Hillary Clinton, whom he described as a corrupt politician whose legacy as secretary of State amounted to “death, destruction and weakness.”