Hillary Clinton has picked Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her vice president.
#GoodPickClinton, or #BadPickClinton?
Tim Kaine is a solid Democrat. He's served as DNC chair, and was vetted as a potential vice president for President Obama in 2008. He’s popular in his state of Virginia, which is a key swing state.
Kaine is also a good pick for the party. As Vox explains, with the Senate in play, if Clinton picked a legislator from a red state, the Democrats would have lost that seat. With Kaine, VA governor Terry McAuliffe will be free to pick his successor.
However, his safety as a solid Democrat may be his undoing as well. Not only is he boring, but his (and Clinton’s) establishment status may not be enough to sway further left-leaning supporters like Bernie’s supporters.
Kaine is also open to attack based on his record over abortion. While not as extreme as Republicans, Kaine has stated in the past that he’s against abortion. His current position aligns him with Clinton as pro-choice, but that could be a sticking point for some undecided voters.