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Although the word was leaked on Friday, Hillary made her formal announcement at a rally here at Florida International University (FIU) on Saturday that U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, 58, former Virginia Governor and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be her choice for Vice President.
Appearing at a rally with Clinton here, Kaine addressed the crowd in simple Spanish in an effort to win over Hispanic voters.
“Bienvenidos a todos” (Welcome to everyone), Kaine said. Turning to Clinton, he added: “We’re going to be compañeros del alma” (soul mates).
Born in Minnesota, Kaine grew up in Missouri and graduated suma cum laude
with a degree in economics from University of Missouri.
While attending Harvard Law School, he took time off to work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, where he learned to speak Spanish. He received his law degree in 1983 and married fellow law student Anne Holton; they moved to Holton’s home town, Richmond, Va.
He practiced law in Richmond and specialized in fair housing law.
Kaine was elected to the Richmond City Council 1n 1994 and was elected mayor in 1998. He was Virginia lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2005 and was then elected governor serving from 2005 ’til 2010.
He delivered the Democratic response to George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2006. He chaired the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.
After teaching at two universities, he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and was elected. He was considered as a possible vice presidential candidate by Barack Obama in 2008.
Although labeled a “moderate” by many, he has taken progressive stands on a number of issues. However, Bernie Sanders backers have considered him as a less than desirable vice presidential candidate.
Hillary is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, whose convention opens up in Philadelphia Monday, July 25
Both Clinton and Sanders Saturday harshly criticized Donald Trump, who has said “I alone can fix it.”
“The U.S. had a revolution,” Clinton said, “because we didn’t want one man making all the decisions. . . . No one does anything alone.”
— C.L. and H.E.