Report: Hillary Clinton Likely To Pick Tim Kaine As Her Running Mate

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As Donald Trump prepares to take the stage to deliver his acceptance speech at the RNC, Hillary Clinton is on the brink of coming forward with her VP choice.

According to the latest reporting from the Wall Street Journal, her pick is likely to be Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

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The report also said that two other finalists for the job were Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

The story via the Wall Street Journal: 

Hillary Clinton is on the verge of announcing her vice-presidential pick, with Democrats familiar with her search believing she will settle on a Spanish-speaking ally from a battleground state: Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Mrs. Clinton is likely to announce her selection Friday in the form of a text message to supporters. On Saturday, she is set to campaign in Florida, a potential stage for a joint appearance with her newly minted running mate.

Voters tend to focus on the top of the ticket, but Mr. Kaine could offer a political boost for the Clinton campaign. Though unflashy by his own admission, his Spanish fluency might be able to cement her lead among Hispanic voters, a key general-election constituency. He is considered a loyal figure who would mesh well with Mrs. Clinton’s leadership style.

Former President Bill Clinton believes that if his wife wins Virginia, the Republican ticket has virtually no realistic path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, a person familiar with his thinking said. In presidential elections dating to 2000, the candidate who won Virginia went on to win the White House.

Even if Donald Trump carries Florida and Ohio (which is still questionable), Clinton could still win the White House by simply winning Virginia – where she currently leads by an average of 5 points – and the rest of the swing states Barack Obama won in his two campaigns. Put simply, the presumptive Democratic nominee has many more paths to earning 270 electoral votes than Trump does.

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As a moderate Democrat, Kaine could also appeal to undecided voters who are turned off by the unserious and unfit Trump.

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