Hillary Clinton Names Tim Kaine, Virginia Senator, Her Vice Presidential Pick

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton announced her vice presidential pick via social media on Friday, July 22. 

"I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H," she tweeted late Friday evening, confirming speculation of her choice of running mate. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Hot on the heels of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, July 21, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her vice presidential pick soon, with all eyes on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her top choice.

Clinton, 68, has undergone a monthslong vetting process, during which she has weighed several different options. But according to White House sources, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is being strategic about her pick.

Democratic Presumptive Nominee for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), rallies at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
Democratic presumptive nominee for president, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), rallies at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, VA, on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

“After last night, she needs to make the safest choice possible,” a former senior White House aide told Politico, referencing Trump’s rousing speech at the RNC. Clinton has previously been rumored to be considering options including Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey senator Cory Booker.

“Hillary Clinton would feel very compatible working with someone like Tim Kaine,” close Clinton confidant and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe told the site. “He’s a very thoughtful, quiet negotiator — he doesn’t really care about the limelight. She’s worked with folks like Tim for years. He’s in it for the right reasons — he didn’t jump at the chance to run for the United States Senate.”

“He was perfectly happy to go be a university professor,” he added. “He doesn’t have to do this for the big rah-rah — he can really help people. It’s unique for a lot of folks.”

According to The New York Times, both Hillary’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, and current president Barack Obama approve of Kaine. 

Other candidates Clinton is reportedly seriously considering include Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. Supporters of Clinton’s former Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders are disappointed that the Vermont senator is not her pick, the Times reports.

Trump, 70, announced Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate earlier this month, and the unveiling of their joint logo caused a ruckus online from Twitter users who quickly noticed the suggestive nature of the design. 

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