It's official, Hillary Clinton has picked Tim Kaine as her running mate.
Kaine is Clinton's safe choice. He's seen as capable but vanilla, even boring — especially in comparison to liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Perez, who would be the first Hispanic Democratic vice presidential nominee; or Sen. Cory Booker, who would be the first African-American vice presidential nominee.
Still, in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose on Monday, Clinton said her priorities in a running mate are experience and preparedness. As a former mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia and now U.S. senator, Kaine meets those criteria, though he himself has said he isn't prepared to be president. "Nobody should ever say they're ready for that responsibility, because it is so, so huge," he said on NBC's Meet the Press last month.
On top of that, Kaine is unlikely to overshadow the candidate, grab the limelight or create turbulence with controversial comments — all valuable traits for a Clinton campaign that can't any afford more scandal.
Plus, Kaine's home state of Virginia is also a key battleground, and adding him to the ticket could move it firmly into Clinton's column while still keeping the Senate seat in Democratic control.
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