Tim Kaine, the Senator from Virginia.
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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton has tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience to the Democratic ticket.
Clinton’s choice of Kaine, 58, reflects her calculation that voters with doubts about both her and Republican nominee Donald Trump will respond to a doubling-down of her pitch for sober pragmatism, instead of a political wild card.
Clinton tweeted late Friday that she was “thrilled” to announce Kaine as her running mate, calling him “a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.”
But Kaine, a former mayor, lieutenant governor and governor, is not likely to animate a Democratic base drawn by the progressive fire of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.
A finalist to be President Obama’s running mate in 2008, Kaine was long considered a front-runner for the No. 2 spot this time.
Kaine, a Spanish speaker who worked with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras during a break from Harvard Law School, was also a civil rights lawyer before being elected to the city council in Virginia’s capital of Richmond, where he later became mayor.