Senator applauds vice presidential pick
PORTLAND — As Oregon's Democratic and Republican delegations were crisscrossing the country to and from their parties' national conventions Friday, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was named as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential-running mate.
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 Democratic convention floor in Philadelphia next week after the Vermont senator defeated Clinton in Oregon's May 17 primary.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley — who supports Clinton but is the only member the U.S. Senate to endorse their colleague Sanders — told The Associated Press that Kaine is an "excellent choice" but party progressives have concerns about some of his leanings, namely his recent vote in favor of fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
"Tim Kaine is enormously capable ... very powerful intellect and very easy to work with," said Merkley. "But there are issues that we would love to have him be in a different place on."