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Hillary on Friday picked Tim Kaine, a popular senator from the swing state of Virginia, to be her running
mate in the White House showdown against Donald Trump. “I’m thrilled to announce
my running mate, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. ” the
presumptive Democratic nominee tweeted. The 58-year-old senator swiftly tweeted
his response, saying: “Just got off the phone with Hillary. I’m honored to be
her running mate. Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!” Kaine, an
experienced foreign policy hand who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and
Armed Services committees, could help Clinton bring in two key voting blocs:
Hispanics and the battleground state of Virginia. Politically a middle-of-the-road
Democrat, he is also seen as helping the former secretary of state win over
votes from reluctant independent male voters. Widely seen as a safe choice for
Clinton in a brutal election race, Kaine emerged as a frontrunner in the veep stakes
because he ticks so many boxes. Clinton put out a series of tweets heaping
praise on the senator, known for his affable manner as well as his expertise on
matters of defense and foreign policy. Tim kaine is a relentless optimist who
believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it,” Clinton
wrote. Tim kaine’s guiding principle: the belief that you can make a difference
through public service.” One of the tweets included a five-point graphic
highlighting the senator’s youthful spell on a Jesuit mission in Honduras as
well as his track record in fighting homelessness, discrimination and gun
violence, in expanding early childhood education and in fostering a positive
business environment in Virginia. The pick comes just days before the start of
the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton — and now
Kaine — next week are to be elevated as the nominees to the party’s
presidential ticket

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