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Clinton Picks Tim Kaine as Running Mate

Clinton Picks Tim Kaine as Running MateClinton Picks Tim Kaine as Running Mate

Hillary Clinton named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate on Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.

In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate”.

On Twitter a few seconds later, Clinton described Kaine as “a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others”, Al Jazeera reported.

She called him “a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it”.

Clinton’s pick came a day after her opponent, Donald Trump, closed out the Republican Party’s convention with a fiery address accusing her of “terrible, terrible crimes”.

Kaine, 58, had long been a favorite for Clinton’s ticket. 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.

In a recent interview with CBS News, Clinton noted that Kaine has never lost an election during his lengthy political career and praised him as a “world-class mayor, governor and senator”.

A favorite of US President Barack Obama since his early 2008 endorsement, the president told Clinton’s campaign he believed Kaine would be a strong choice during the selection process, according to a Democratic familiar with the search who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Clinton is expected to campaign with Kaine on Saturday morning at an event in Miami.

 

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