Hillary Clinton announces senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential pick

clinton-vp-kaine-afp US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, waving during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia. Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine for Vice President | AFP

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Senator of Virginia Tim Kaine, a low-key Spanish-speaking ally, as her long-anticipated running mate on Friday.

Kaine, she believes, would bolster her chances to defeat Republican nominee Donald J. Trump in November.

Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message to supporters, came after her advisers spent months poring over potential vice-presidential candidates who could lift the Democratic ticket in an unpredictable race against Trump, New York Times reported.

Kaine, 58, a former governor of Virginia who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and speaks fluent Spanish, has the qualifications and background and the personal chemistry with her to make the ticket a success.

Clinton considered Thomas E. Perez, the secretary of labour, who would have been the first Hispanic on a major party ticket; Senator Cory Booker, of New Jersey, who would have been the first African-American to seek the vice presidency; and Admiral James G. Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who served as the supreme allied commander at NATO, but had never held elected office.

Asked whether Kaine was boring, Clinton said, “I love that about him. He has never lost an election.”

Kaine would accompany Clinton to the party's convention next week in Philadelphia.

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