Due to a brief delay due to the terror attack in Munich, Germany, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced her choice for running mate. Many people thought it was likely down to Senator Elizabeth Warren or former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack. However, Clinton ended up making a “safe” pick in the end.
Clinton announced her pick as Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Virginia is considered a top battleground state in the upcoming November election and securing a vice presidential pick from that state should help pad Clinton’s lead there.
Kaine is considered a pretty safe pick. He was previously vetted by current President Barack Obama for his 2008 campaign and then again by Clinton’s team. He is a lifelong politician and will present a very different option from Republican VP nominee Mike Pence.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016
Kaine has served as Governor of Virginia, the Mayor of Richmond, VA, and head of the Democratic National Committee.
It may be an anti-establishment year, but Clinton’s running mate is an insider: 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 a running mate who amplifies her argument that experience in government — not sizzle — is the best path to keeping the White House in Democratic hands.
While Kaine has considerable experience and gives you the battleground state angle, it might be a little too safe for some Democrats who were hoping to see someone more liberal such as Elizabeth Warren.
The announcement comes as the Republicans wrap up their convention in Cleveland. Democrats are set to kick off their convention in Philadelphia this week. This marks the first time in modern elections where both vice presidential candidates were announced ahead of the party’s conventions.
According to reports, Clinton considered a total of 24 candidates.
HRC made final decision today, per official. She reviewed 24 candidates. In the end, this was about her personal comfort level with Kaine.
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) July 23, 2016