Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator, Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Kaine, a former Governor of Virginia is seen as an experienced Washington hand with impressive economic background.
“I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.”
Minutes later, Kaine tweeted:
“Just got off the phone with Hillary. I’m honored to be her running mate. Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!”
CNN reports that Hilary will introduce her new partner at a campaign rally Saturday in Miami, a recognition of Florida’s pivotal importance in the fall. It’s also a chance for Kaine, a fluent Spanish speaker, to introduce Clinton to Latino voters, a critical slice of the electorate in her quest to defeat Donald Trump.
A senator and former governor from the critical battleground of Virginia and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Kaine, 58, has long been seen as a seasoned and safe choice for Clinton, who could help shore up support among white working-class voters.
Her selection ended a long search that was conducted almost entirely in secret, a stark contrast to Trump’s vice presidential search.
It reflected a strategic choice by Clinton: To go with the Virginia Senator who amplifies her argument that experience in government, not razzmatazz is the best path to winning votes necessary to clinch the white house.
Kaine’s midwestern roots also run strong: Born in Minnesota, Kaine is the son of a welder who was raised in Kansas and graduated from the University of Missouri. He went to Harvard law school, but before graduating served a year as a missionary in Honduras.
With nearly three years of experience in the Senate under his belt, Kaine has beefed up his foreign policy credentials. He serves on both the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, emerging as a leading proponent of pushing the administration to consult with Congress before engaging in military action.