Donnelly, Carson praise Tim Kaine as Democratic VP pick saying he’s the right guy for the job

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PHILADELPHIA – Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine will formally accept his party’s nomination Wednesday, delivering his prime-time speech to delegations and the nation.

Party officials said Wednesday’s speakers, which also include President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, will focus on Hillary Clinton’s “experience and steadiness to bring Americans together.”

One week ago, Gov. Mike Pence formally accepted the GOP vice presidential nomination in Cleveland.

“Governor Pence and I used to have lunch when he was a colleague in Congress,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said in an interview with CBS4 Wednesday. “Personally he’s a very, very kind guy. Very smart, but I’m rolling with Kaine. I think Kaine is immensely brilliant. I think he has demonstrated to be a capable governor and executive, and I think he’ll be a great VP.”

As with Pence on the GOP side, Kaine’s speech will be closely watched Wednesday evening as a signal toward what the vice presidential pick will bring to the ticket.

“I said to somebody Sen. Kaine is from Virginia, but he brings Hoosier common sense,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said in an interview. “He works hard. He’s a good friend of mine. I served with him on the Armed Services Committee. He’s always prepared, always focused on what’s right for our country and is not afraid to say exactly what he thinks, whether it’s to Hillary Clinton or to the president or to anybody else.”

When asked about the differences between Kaine and Pence, Donnelly said they’re “each their own individuals.”

“And I respect Gov. Pence,” he said. “But I think Tim Kaine is the right person for the vice president.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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