Clinton selects Tim Kaine as running mate

Clinton selects Tim Kaine as running mate
July 24 11:42 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has
selected Tim Kaine, a centrist senator from Virginia, as her
running mate.
Mrs Clinton broke the news  on Saturday.
Mrs Clinton passed over more left-leaning candidates in
favour of the 58-year-old senator, who is a strong supporter
of free-trade agreements.
His home state of Virginia is a major battleground in the
coming election.

Who is Tim Kaine?
Mr Kaine speaks fluent Spanish and could help the Clinton
campaign maintain its support among Hispanic Americans -
a growing voting bloc.
An experienced politician who has been toughly vetted, he is
considered a “safe” choice for the vice-president slot. He
personally opposes abortion but supports abortion rights.

Analysis: Kim Ghattas, BBC News, Washington

Clinton went for substance not sizzle, a safe choice rather
than a firebrand who could excite the party faithful.
She felt confident perhaps that she could keep left-leaning
 Democrats on her side while broadening her appeal with a
centrist running mate, reach out to those independents and
even moderate Republicans turned off by their party’s
candidate Donald Trump.

Most of all her aides had told me she wanted someone she
felt comfortable working with for the next four, even eight
years, someone who knew how to get things done, and
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine’s record as a former mayor and
governor fits that description. He’s also never lost an
election.
He will disappoint some liberals namely because of his pro-
trade position, which he will have to temper now.

The Republican National Committee dismissed the ticket as
the ”failed Democratic status quo”. But even some
Republicans, like Arizona senator Jeff Flake, said Mr Kaine
was an all around nice guy.
Mrs Clinton says her running mate has a relentless
optimism, a much-needed attribute in an election season
often described as dark because of the rhetoric of Donald
Trump.

Mr Kaine was a finalist to be Barack Obama’s running mate
in 2008 and served as Virginia governor before his time in
the Senate.
Mrs Clinton also reportedly interviewed liberal firebrand
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator
Cory Booker, an African-American senator from New
Jersey.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was said to have
been on her shortlist.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a text to
his supporters, described President Obama, Mrs Clinton and
Mr Kaine as “the ultimate insiders” and appealed to voters to
not “let Obama have a third term”.
Republican Party chief Reince Priebus tweeted scornfully:
”Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine does nothing to unify a
fractured Democrat base repelled by her dishonesty and
cronyism.”

(CNN)