Hillary Clinton announcesVirginia Senator Time Kaine as her running mate

July 23, 2016 1:49 am

presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice president, Senator Tim Kaine (AFP photo)

US presumptive Democratic
presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has announced Virginia Senator Time
Kaine as her running mate in the 2016 race for the White House.

“I’m
thrilled to announce my running mate, Tim Kaine, a man who’s devoted
his life to fighting for others,” she wrote in a tweet on Friday.
The
pair are expected to hit their first joint campaign event at a Miami,
Florida, rally at noon on Saturday. They will speak at Florida
International University, which is known for its heavily Hispanic body
of students.
Kaine speaks fluent Spanish and will joint the former
first lady in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which starts on
Monday.
“Kaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is
unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it,” Clinton said of her VP,
adding that making a difference through public service was Kaine’s
guiding principle.
Kaine was born in Minnesota and grew up in Kansas City. He left for Virginia after graduating from Harvard Law.
He
endorsed President Barack Obama’s bid for the White House in 2008 and
was among Obama’s top three VP choices that year along with incumbent
Vice President Joe Biden and then-Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana.
Upon
taking office, Obama asked Kaine to head the DNC. He accepted the offer
after serving his last year as governor in 2009 and presided over the
DNC until 2011.
Kaine became a senator in the following year, and
made a reputation for vocally criticizing Obama’s approach in Syria.
Kaine has called for more aggressive no-fly zone policies over the
war-torn country which has been grappling with foreign-backed militancy
since 2011.
He is also the first senator to ever deliver “a full
speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English,”
according to the NPR.
Last but not least, the senator represents a
swing state which is critical for Clinton to win. He remains a popular
politician among Virginia voters.
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