Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine hit the stage for the first time in Miami

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MIAMI -- Hillary Clinton stepped onto the stage in Miami Saturday midday to introduce to the country a trusted friend as her new running mate: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Clinton and Kaine made their first joint appearance at a campaign rally here at Florida International University, marking the official unveiling of the Democratic ticket that will face off against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on Election Day.

"Sen. Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not," Clinton said, with Kaine beside her. "He is qualified to step into this job and lead on Day 1. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done."

A former Virginia governor, Kaine brings a wealth of executive experience to the ticket. Friends and colleagues describe Kaine as steady and even-handed, often using the word "decent" to describe his character.

Politically, Democrats expect Kaine could help Clinton rally voters in the important swing state of Virginia, and that his fluency in Spanish will be a big asset as he campaigns in minority-heavy areas of the country.

Hillary Clinton introduces Tim Kaine to supporters in Miami

Hillary Clinton introduces Tim Kaine to supporters in Miami

Rick Ely, a Miami resident attending the event, said he believed Clinton had made a "safe choice."

"I would have preferred to see her choose Elizabeth Warren -- a more progressive agenda that way. But I certainly understand with Virginia being a swing state, the fact that he speaks fluent Spanish, is helpful," said Ely, 58.

Clinton announced her pick Friday night in a message to her supporters, ending weeks of speculation just days ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that's set to kick off on Monday.

But even as Clinton and her campaign methodically vetted a number of potential running mates, it was clear that Kaine was on the fast track.

Tim Kaine speaks to supporters in Miami

Tim Kaine speaks to supporters in Miami

Both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are personally fond of Kaine and believed he would be a loyal and dependable governing partner.

Aides say as Clinton deliberated over a shortlist of potentials vice presidential nominees, she continued to return to her "unshakable confidence" in his readiness for the job, as well as her personal comfort with him.

During the vetting process, Clinton was advised by her campaign chairman, John Podesta: "It needs to be someone who, whenever they walk into a room, you are glad to see them, and want to have them as part of any conversation."

Ultimately, it was Kaine that best fit that description.

Anita Goldfeld, 76, said she drove seven hours from Boca Raton to see Clinton and Kaine's first event together. Goldfeld supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries but is enthusiastically supporting Clinton -- and now Kaine -- in the general election.

"I think that he is a man who knows, who's had a lot of experience, who would be an excellent asset to Hillary," Goldfeld said.

On the criticism that Kaine is a white, male and ashe himself has put it, "boring," Goldfeld responded: "I'll take boring and knowledgeable -- I'll take a decent human being over someone like Donald Trump."

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5 comments

  • unicorns and rainbows

    Hey Faux 6 where’s the news story about the wikileaks dump of 20,000 emails were the Demo National Committee had it in for Bernie Sanders from the beginning of the primary cycle? Not only is Hillary guilty it looks like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has no moral compass.

    • Libsareliars

      Because reporting this would be to actually doing their jobs. Now we all know that if the Republicans tried this it would all over the news 24/7.

  • H. G. Coddingbourn

    Her apostates are working round the clock to find out what kind of outfit or tent for lack of a better word she will be wearing during her coronation. As a feel the bern supporter, I am disgusted at these back door deals and surely will not entertain her at the ballot box. Really, how can their family rake in over 200 million and still look Americans in the face. Disgusting.

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