Clinton’s possible VP pick Tim Kaine visiting RI on Friday

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, widely seen as a frontrunner to be Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, is scheduled to be in New England on Friday, WPRI.com has confirmed.

A spokeswoman for Kaine, Amy Dudley, confirmed in an email Thursday night that he “is planning to be in Boston and Rhode Island tomorrow.”

Dudley declined to provide further details, but Kaine is expected to headline a fundraising event for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed while he’s in the Ocean State. The two Democrats serve together on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Reed said Friday morning he was looking forward to Kaine’s visit, and planning to bring him to “a couple places around the state.”

“We want to showcase Rhode Island as a really great place,” Reed said.

However, it’s possible Kaine won’t make the trip or will at least have to cut it short: Clinton is reportedly planning to hold her first campaign event with her vice-presidential choice in Florida on Friday or Saturday.

Reed made clear he would strongly support the choice if it’s Kaine.

“He’s an extraordinarily talented gentleman,” Reed said, describing Kaine as “very bright, very knowledgeable” with a background in foreign affairs. “He spent his early years overseas as a missionary in some respects, working with groups in Central America, so he’s got an ability with multiple languages.”

“He’s somebody who has both the intellect and temperament to do a great job as vice president,” Reed added.

Kaine’s visit to Rhode Island will be the second in recent months by men rumored to be in the running to join Clinton on the ticket: U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, a Brown University graduate, visited the state in May.Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He writes The Saturday Morning Post and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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