Tim Kaine: swing state senator with foreign policy clout

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NEW YORK CITY: Tim Kaine, named as Hillary Clinton’s White House running mate, is a popular senator with strong foreign policy credibility who could help the Democrats bring in two key voting blocs: Hispanics and the battleground state of Virginia. The Spanish-speaking lawyer, widely seen as a safe choice for Clinton as she heads into a bruising showdown with Republican Donald Trump, emerged as a frontrunner in the veepstakes because he ticks so many boxes. In addition to his defense and foreign policy credentials as a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees), his language skills are a major asset in a year when the Latino vote could be decisive. In a series of tweets announcing her VP pick, Clinton heaped praised on the 58-year-old who is known for his affable manner.

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