Politico.com reports that Virginia’s own, Senator Tim Kaine, “towers over” other candidates in Clinton’s choice for her VP. Kaine has the advantage of speaking Spanish, being a former missionary, and most importantly he is from a swing state. Clinton needs to carry Virginia if she’s going to win the Presidency.
“Tim Kaine was a finalist eight years ago because of his executive experience, solidity, values, standing in a critical state and overall profile as someone who would be a good governing partner to Obama,” said former Obama senior strategist David Axelrod, who was involved in the selection process eight years ago. “He was very much in contention and highly regarded.”
Democrats are at an advantage with their convention being the week after the Republican’s convention. They will know the Republican ticket before they have to announce their ticket.
Clinton allies said that the campaign has been keen on Kaine for months. But like Obama, who also focused on Joe Biden from the beginning but went through the due diligence of looking closely at different models, Clinton is still vetting a host of candidates.
So vetting other candidates is just pretend, Clinton has already chosen Kaine. He has campaigned diligently in the primaries for Hillary and with Hillary. She’s well aware of what kind of partner he will make in her continued campaign for President.
Last week Kaine winked at a reporter when asked if he would be Clinton’s choice. Isn’t he the cheeky one?