Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's pick as vice presidential running mate
By NBC News
by CHUCK TODD
Hillary Clinton has selected Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.
Clinton announced the choice to her supporters by text message Friday evening "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."
Clinton and Kaine are slated to appear together at a joint rally in Miami, Florida on Saturday.
Kaine, who hails from the swing state of Virginia, was long considered a top pick for the job.
A senator who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kaine is more of a centrist than some others considered for the post - including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Labor Secretary Tom Perez. But he brings a more lengthy resume than many of his rivals, having served as a mayor, governor and senator in a state emerging as one of the top presidential battlegrounds in the country.
Kaine is also fluent in Spanish, a skill that Clinton can deploy to further mobilize a Latino community that already gives Donald Trump historically low marks as a candidate.
Kaine was vetted for the job in 2008 but was a runner-up to then-Sen. Joe Biden.
Clinton finalized her ticket a day after Republicans wrapped up their national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Democrats begin their convention on Monday.
Late last week, Trump announced his own vice presidential pick, tapping Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the job.