- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Friday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could shore up support in the crucial battleground state by selecting Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential pick.

“I feel very confident we’ll win the state,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “I think she’s in a very strong position. She’d be a little stronger if Hillary would take my advice and pick our junior senator to be her vice presidential candidate.”

“That’d take a lot of pressure off of me,” said Mr. McAuliffe, who served as chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign.

Mr. McAuliffe, vice chairman of the National Governors Association, was speaking at an event at the NGA summer meeting in Iowa along with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who chairs the NGA, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kaine campaigned together in Northern Virginia on Thursday. On Friday, she tweeted out a photo of them standing side-by-side and said: “Thank you, Virginia and Senator @TimKaine.”

President Obama won Virginia by about 6 points in 2008 and by about 4 points in 2012. Before that, Virginia hadn’t broken for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1964.

Moderator David Yepsen also pointed out that Mr. McAuliffe had spent a lot of time in Iowa in 2008 only to see Mrs. Clinton lose the state, while he didn’t spend as much time there this cycle and she won.

“I went to every county, if you remember,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “I visited every single county. This time, I got to four counties, and I think that’s why she won.”

Mr. Branstad said the polls show the race could go either way in Iowa.

“This is probably the wildest and craziest presidential race we’ve ever seen, and I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more activity between now and election day,” Mr. Branstad said.

“We have a strong organization that helped elect me in 2014,” he said.

Mr. Branstad also said GOP Sen. Charles E. Grassley, who is up for re-election and visits each of the state’s 99 counties every year, will help the Republican ticket.

Mr. Herbert said he doesn’t think Utah is in play and should stay in the Republican column.

Both Mr. Branstad and Mr. Herbert said presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump would be wise to tap a governor as his running mate, though their comments came before Mr. Trump tweeted out that he had selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the position.

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