Clinton names Virginia Senator as running mate
Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vicepresidential running mate, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.
In a text message to supporters late Friday night, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”
On Twitter a few seconds later, Clinton described Kaine as “a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.” She called him “a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.”
Kaine, 58, had long been a favourite for Clinton’s ticket. Fluent in Spanish and active in the Senate on foreign relations and military affairs, he built a reputation for working across the aisle as Virginia’s governor and as mayor of Richmond.
Earlier in Florida, Clinton picked apart and sharply criticized Donald Trump’s convention speech, which she said put his “dark and divisive vision” for the country on full display.
Clinton noted that convention speaker after convention speaker fixated on her, which she called “perversely flattering.”
And she said it was Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who said it best in his convention speech on Wednesday night: “Vote your conscience.” She found it terrible he was booed.
“I never thought I’d say these words, but Ted Cruz was right!”