Friday, 15 December, 2017

Hillary Clinton picks Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her VP candidate

Hillary Clinton picks 'boring' US Senator Tim Kaine as running mate Hillary Clinton picks 'boring' US Senator Tim Kaine as running mate
Howard Terry | 24 July, 2016, 05:56

McAuliffe declined to say whom he would pick to replace Kaine, but said having a minority or female candidate represent the state is a significant consideration.

So when it comes to her vice presidential nominee, a choice that came late Friday when Clinton announced Virginia Sen.

Clinton also bypassed candidates who would have generated more excitement among liberal and Hispanic activists, including progressive favorite U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and two Hispanic members of Obama's Cabinet, Julian Castro and Thomas Perez.

It could also help Democrats win Virginia for the third presidential election in a row after years of being a GOP stronghold.

"Undoubtedly, he has the public service and governing experience necessary to help Secretary Clinton lead this nation", Mancini said. "Tim Kaine as my running mate", the former secretary of state said in a text message to her supporters. In fact, he might make the case for her nearly better than Clinton does.

"I love that about him", she told Charlie Rose of CBS News and PBS. To date, he has never lost an election. Asked about Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and his self-professed "boring" personality, Clinton said, "And I love that about him".

The announcement came after her "Stronger Together" rally in Tampa, Florida.

Former President Bill Clinton believes that if his wife wins Virginia, the Republican ticket has virtually no realistic path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, said a Wall Street Journal report, citing a person familiar with Bill Clinton's thinking.

It's another example, friends said, of Kaine's self-assuredness.

"Major loser", "total lightweight" and "fat pig" are among the Donald Trump phrases Facebook users can brand themselves with using a new app from Hillary Clinton's campaign. "Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?"

The 58-year-old senator has a resume that would impress any presidential candidate. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. "Can't wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami", Kaine said on Twitter.

As an attorney, Kaine worked on fair housing and civil right issues.

In 2007, Kaine's remarks at Virginia Tech the day after one of the worst campus shootings in modern US history won wide praise.

Clinton continues to be dogged by allegations of impropriety relating to her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

He was first elected to office - the Richmond City Council - in 1994, and went on to serve as mayor and then Virginia's lieutenant governor. Fluent in Spanish and active in the Senate on foreign relations and military affairs, he built a reputation for working across the aisle as Virginia's governor and as mayor of Richmond.

Top Republicans were quick to criticize Clinton's choice.

Kaine is seen as "safe" because he's a disciplined messenger with policy depth who's already been a solid, on-message surrogate for Clinton. Obama said Friday that Trump painted a picture that "doesn't really jibe with the experience with most people".

Kaine - a Virginia senator and former governor - got the nod from Clinton in a telephone call Friday evening - days before the party convention begins in Philadelphia.

Kaine's selection by Clinton leaves his Senate seat open.

"It's not the Donald Trump sledgehammer".

He says no matter what people think of him as a Republican, "If you're a great believer in the Constitution, you have no choice".

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