US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton selected on 22 July 2016, Democratic Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine to be her pick as running mate for the presidential elections. According to media reports, Clinton is planning to make a formal announcement on 23 July 2016.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton selected on 22 July 2016, Democratic Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine to be her pick as running mate for the presidential elections. According to media reports, Clinton is planning to make a formal announcement on 23 July 2016. EPA - MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Clinton makes "boring" pick for VP running mate

HILLARY Clinton has chosen Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate in the race to the White House.

Ms Clinton made clear her decision late on Friday after a months-long selection process. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton helped push for the selection, unnamed sources close to Clinton campaign told Politico.

Kaine is a fluent Spanish-speaking, former swing-state governor who sits both the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees.

"Senator Kaine was one of the first public officials to announce a public endorsement of Senator Obama," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said this week.

"Senator Kaine served as the chair of the DNC during President Obama's first year in office, and Senator Kaine is somebody that the president deeply respects."

The biggest criticisms heard from progressives stem from Mr Kaine's personal views on abortion, his past stances on trade deals and financial regulations. Another criticism that's been debunked by Ms Clinton this week is that he's simply a boring pick, and safe selection.

"I love that about him," Ms  Clinton told CBS News. "If anything, he's only helped himself through this entire process.


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