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.
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.
“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.”
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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