The Virginia senator and former civil rights lawyer is seen as a polite attack dog who can appeal to voters across political and demographic spectrums.
WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton has picked Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to be her vice presidential running mate, tapping the popular former governor of a swing state over several more liberal picks on her short list.
Clinton and Kaine are set to appear together at a rally in Florida on Saturday.
The selection of Kaine, a well-liked moderate in the Senate, is likely to be seen as a sign by many on the left that Clinton is less concerned about maintaining intensity among the army of liberals who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and more concerned about the electoral map when her opponent is Donald Trump.
President Barack Obama carried Virginia in both his elections after Democrats failed to win the state since 1964, making it a key part of his national victory strategy.
Kaine, who was Obama’s first chairman of the Democratic National Committee, could help Clinton do the same.
Kaine may help Clinton carry that state, but her choice could also aggravate the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrat Party, which sees the Virginian as a business-friendly centrist unlikely to champion their top financial reform goals.
They had been pulling for Warren, Sanders or Labor Secretary Tom Perez to get the nod.
Indeed, when liberals were trying to end the Bush tax cuts in 2013, Kaine helped broker the eventual compromise that kept the lower rates for people with incomes up to $400,000.
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