Virginia’s Senator Kaine emerges as Clinton’s top pick for running mate during key campaign stage

Hillary Clinton with her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia
Hillary Clinton with her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia

{BNN Online/WASHINGTON, U.S.} – Democrat Hillary Clinton has moved closer to introducing her running mate for the elections, with Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia topping the list of contenders.

According to reports, Clinton was expected to reveal her pick for Vice President through a text message or Twitter as early as Friday, and both Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are also leading the group of her top picks.

Kaine has also received the support of President Barack Obama, who had considered the former as one of his top Vice Presidential picks during the elections in 2008.

However, Liberals have reportedly expressed their wariness, mainly due to Kaine’s insistence on putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on a “fast track” to approval.

Although Clinton’s campaign declined to comment, experts warned that Clinton may well change directions as a final decision has not been made yet.

Her choice may be announced at an afternoon rally at the state fairgrounds in Tampa on Friday or at a Saturday event at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday.

Clinton stressed that her search was influenced by the question of who would make a good president if required to step in, and said, “I am afflicted with the responsibility gene, and I know what it’s like being president. So for me there is nothing more important than my rock-solid conviction that the person I choose could literally get up one day and be the president of the United States.”

Her choice of running mate is key, and anticipated by many, as it will provide an insight into her strategy for battling Trump and give her campaign momentum in the key stage of the race to the White House.

The announcement has been described as perfectly timed to coincide with the end of rival Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention, and aims to now train the spotlight onto Clinton’s own convention scheduled for next week in Philadelphia.

The former secretary of state is to be formally nominated as the party’s presidential candidate at the convention, and is currently ahead of Trump in many opinion polls.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s 75-minute speech promising to be the champion of dissatisfied Americans has brought his Cleveland convention to an end.

The speech, which was surprisingly dark compared to the rest of the rather flamboyant event, addressed “the forgotten men and women of our country” and the people who “work hard but no longer have a voice.”

Free of policy details, the address saw Trump promising to restore a sense of public safety, strictly curb immigration and put an end to Clinton’s streak of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

Ahead of Clinton’s two-day campaign swing in Florida, however, campaign chairman John Podesta claimed that Trump “offered no real solutions to help working families get ahead or to keep our country safe, just more prejudice and paranoia. America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.