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Hillary Clinton chooses Tim Kaine as running mate

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By Mona Austin

Hillary Clinton has selected current Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her strategic running mate, aiming to turn a historically red state blue.

Tweeted Clinton Friday evening, "I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H"

"Just got off the phone with Hillary," replied Kaine in a tweet.  "I’m honored to be her running mate. Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!"

Last week the Mr. Kaine, 58,  campaigned with Clinton in Annandale, VA and had a follow up meeting, signaling he was a favorite. In both 2008 and 2012 Virginians supported Obama.  The state had been Republican heavy for nearly 60 years prior to that. As such, without getting into mind boggling political math, experts say the candidate that wins 270 electoral votes in Virginia has an advantage.

Aside from the home team advantage Kaine offers experience on key issues.  As a progressive former governor of the state Kaine stood up to the NRA to prevent the mentally ill from getting guns around the time of the VA Tech massacre.  His input will be valuable on gun control.  He was also on Obama's short list for the veep position.  Overall, a seasoned politician, he will be an adept second in charge who can step in the led if needed.

Kaine, a Harvard grad, is also fluent in Spanish, which may appeal to Latino voters.  This talent may be put to the test as early as tomorrow where they will appear at noon in Miami, FL.