Two of South Carolina’s top Democrats weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s potential vice presidential pick Thursday.
Congressman Jim Clyburn said he is friends with the three presumptive candidates, which he said were Virginia US Sen. Tim Kaine, US Labor Secretary Tom Perez and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Of course I prefer one over the other two and I’ll talk about that later,” Clyburn said Thursday. He would not say which of the three he favored.
Clyburn jokingly said it would not be him. “Well you cannot put yourself out unless you’ve been put in,” said Clyburn
South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said he did not have preference, but said a certain Southern senator sticks out. “Obviously Tim Kaine being from Virginia, a southern state,” Rutherford said. “He has a great deal of experience so, somebody I am familiar with in the past. I’d look forward, if he’s the one chosen, I would look forward to working with him. All I can tell you is that it would be far better than what I’ve seen out of the Republicans.”
Clinton’s final decision is likely to come very soon just ahead of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia next week, likely either Friday or Saturday.
Clyburn will be a featured speaker at the Democratic convention, along with fellow South Carolina Democrats Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, State Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and former State Rep. and CNN contributor Bakari Sellers.