Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.
Mrs. Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message to supporters, came after her advisers spent months poring over potential vice-presidential candidates who could lift the Democratic ticket in an unpredictable race against Mr. Trump.
“I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, Tim Kaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others,” Clinton tweeted.
Kaine is a former governor who was elected to the United States Senate in 2012, succeeding Jim Webb, who left the Senate after serving only one term. (Webb was briefly a candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination last year.) Prior to his Senate campaign, he also chaired the Democratic National Committee.
Ideologically speaking, Kaine isn’t the most progressive choice Clinton could have made, but he’s solid, at least. As of last year, Primary Colors had rated him a “Good Democrat” (their highest ranking), with an expected score of 89.6 and an actual score of 87.6. He has an overall lifetime score of 90.84% from ProgressivePunch and a crucial lifetime score of 70.37%.
Kaine’s stance on trade in particular is not likely to go over well with Bernie Sanders’ most committed supporters, but as Clinton is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that will now have to become his position as well.
If he and Clinton win, Kaine will have to resign his U.S. Senate seat. Virginia, however, has a Democratic governor — Terry McAuliffe — so his immediate replacement would be a Democrat.
Kaine is expected to join Clinton on the campaign trail tomorrow.