Tim Kaine, Silent on Superdelegates While on 2016 Ticket, Now Vocally Opposed (Again) Tim Kaine, Silent on Superdelegates While on 2016 Ticket, Now Vocally Opposed (Again) – NTK Network

Tim Kaine, Silent on Superdelegates While on 2016 Ticket, Now Vocally Opposed (Again)

The Virginia senator seemed to go quiet while his party had a national discussion about superdelegates when he shared a ticket with Hillary Clinton.

By NTK Staff | 11.16.2017 @12:00pm
Tim Kaine, Silent on Superdelegates While on 2016 Ticket, Now Vocally Opposed (Again)

Few topics within the Democratic Party have resulted in as much division and cynicism as superdelegates – the party’s method of choosing its presidential nominee by, in part, the votes of current and former officeholders and party leaders.

That topic reached a boiling point just before Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton to be their presidential nominee in July 2016. Sharing the ticket with Clinton was the once anti-superdelegate Virginia senator, Tim Kaine.

And while during his DNC chair days Kaine voiced opposition to superdelegates, he remained mostly silent as the party publicly grappled with this issue yet again.

Clinton famously benefited from superdelegates in 2008, when she battled then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for the party’s nomination. Former President Bill Clinton still held the favor of many party leaders and officeholders.

The story in 2016 was not much different: Clinton favored superdelegates because they disproportionately backed her candidacy, while Sanders opposed them as undemocratic.

Kaine, who had opposed superdelegates after 2008, was notably silent during the 2016 battle.

But today, he’s come out strongly against superdelegates again.

“I have long believed there should be no superdelegates. These positions are given undue influence in the popular nominating contest and make the process less democratic,” Kaine wrote in a letter Wednesday to DNC chairman Tom Perez, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO.

Democrats would be wise to ask Kaine where his vocal opposition to superdelegates was when they served to benefit his ticket.

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