Hillary Clinton Chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine As Running Mate

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will serve alongside her as the vice presidential candidate.

Clinton tweeted out, “I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, [Tim Kaine], a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.” Kaine has served in the U.S Senate since 2012 and was previously Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010.

Kaine brings executive experience of a swing state to the Clinton ticket. He is also a white male, the group Clinton polls the worst with.

In a statement reacting to the pick, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said: “Ultimately this is a ticket that represents one thing: four more years like the last eight, just with more corruption and scandal. A Clinton-Kaine administration will push our country further down the path President Obama has led us on and that has made us less safe, less prosperous, and less free.”

Kaine has shown support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that has become a key issue in the 2016 election. The Virginia senator said Thursday he thinks it’s a “significant improvement over the status quo.”

Hillary currently leads Donald Trump in Virginia by 4.8 percentage points according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. Clinton and Kaine will hold a rally together in Miami Saturday.