Clinton chooses Tim Kaine as running mate

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US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, arrive for a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, July 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, arrive for a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, July 14, 2016. /(Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says in a text message to supporters that she’s picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket as their party’s nominee for vice president.

In the message, Clinton says: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”

Kaine is expected to join Clinton at a rally in Florida on Saturday.

A favorite since the start of Clinton’s search for a running mate, Kaine is a former governor of the battleground state and former mayor of Richmond.

Kaine won election to the Senate four years ago after serving as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton is choosing Kaine from a group that included Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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5 comments

  • Shiloh's Mom

    Hillary picks an old white guy to be her running mate? How hypocritical of her since she and her Democratic party are forever criticizing the GOP of not being “diverse” enough by nominating / electing only old white guys.

  • On It

    Recommended by Bill, & has a history of being a bribe taker. Perfect fit. Is this who anybody wants in the two slot?!
    Trump is the ONLY real hope.