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Kaine’s Clinton VP audition includes Trump attack lines

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., participate in a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., Thursday, July 14, 2016. Clinton announced Friday, July 22, 2016, Kaine would be her vice presidential running mate. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., participate in a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., Thursday, July 14, 2016. Clinton announced Friday, July 22, 2016, Kaine would be her vice presidential running mate. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
By Anita Kumar and Eleanor Mueller Tribune News Service

ANNANDALE, Va. – Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine tried out for vice president Thursday, appearing alongside Hillary Clinton at a boisterous rally in an important battleground state.

Kaine, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, assumed the familiar role of an attack dog – hurling one criticism after another at Republican Donald Trump – but with a smile.

Grinning and nodding, Clinton perched on a stool as Kaine asked the cheering crowd a series of questions, pointedly aimed at Trump:

“Do you want a ‘you’re hired’ or a ‘you’re fired’ president?”

“Do you want a ‘trash-talker’ or a ‘bridge-builder’?

“Do you want a ‘me first’ or a ‘kids and family first’?”

When Kaine introduced Clinton as the “future president of the United States,” the pair put their arms over each others’ shoulders as they waved and smiled to the crowd.

Kaine is considered to be on a list of candidates Clinton is considering, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Tom Perez, secretary of labor; and Rep. Xavier Becerra of California.

In recent weeks, Clinton has campaigned with several contenders as she takes the kind of test runs that nominees often do to measure face-to-face campaign chemistry. Late last month, she campaigned with Warren, an extremely popular figure for the left wing of the party.

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