- Hillary Clinton chooses US Sen. Tim Kaine as her VP running mate
- Kaine is a former Richmod City mayor and a former Governor of Virginia
- He also served as the Chairman of the US Democratic Party
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton selected US Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate in the Democratic Party.
The relatively “low key” Kaine, whose political career spans more than two decades, is seen as a reliable partner for Clinton, who has long stated that she wants someone who has the experience and credentials to step up to the presidency when the need arises.
“Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history. But his credentials alone aren’t why I asked him to run alongside me. Tim’s a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant,” Clinton wrote in a message on her official Instagram account announcing her VP pick.
Kaine rose through the ranks of political life, first as a city council member then mayor of Richmond City in the US state of Virginia. He later served as the state’s Lieutenant Governor then Governor before being elected to the US Senate in 2013.
He also served as the Democratic Party Chairman during the early years of President Barack Obama’s term in office.
While Kaine describes himself as “a boring” candidate, campaign insiders said that Clinton was impressed by his “down-to-earth” style of campaigning. He has also been a close friend to Clinton and her husband; the former President Bill Clinton.
The US junior senator from Virginia also has a fluent command of Spanish; even delivering the very first remarks in the Senate spoken in a language other than English — making him appealing to Latino voters.
“Tim has never taken a job for the glory or the title. He’s the same person whether the cameras are on or off, motivated by the belief that you can make a difference in people’s lives through public service. I didn’t make this decision lightly. I’ve had the privilege of seeing two presidents and two vice presidents up close, and I wanted to pick someone who will be able to give me their best advice, look me in the eye, and tell me they disagree with me when they do. But what matters most is a simple test that’s not easy to meet: whether the person could step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. I have no doubt that Tim can do the job, and I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House,” she said.