After the Republican Convention, many Americans — regardless of political orientation — may be keen to see some fresh faces on cable news. Well, next week will see a similar onslaught for the Democrats, and the time is right for Hillary Clinton to name her vice-presidential candidate. Her choice has been prefaced with some juicy speculation and many progressive voters favoring Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, or (by some inner-party miracle) Bernie Sanders.
However, another candidate swooped in to grab the coveted position for all. Clinton has selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. This won’t please the left side of the Democratic party, but Kaine has loads of experience — as a mayor, governor, senator, and head of the DNC — and enough foreign policy expertise to balance out perceived Clinton weaknesses in the department.
Reports the New York Times:
Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, according to a senior campaign official, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.
Mrs. Clinton’s choice came after her advisers spent months poring over potential vice-presidential candidates who could lift the Democratic ticket in an unpredictable race against Mr. Trump.
In the end, Mrs. Clinton decided Mr. Kaine, 58, a former governor of Virginia who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and speaks fluent Spanish, had the qualifications and background and the personal chemistry with her to make the ticket a success.
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