Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump chose Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence respectively as their running mates for the 2016 presidential election.
“I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others,” Clinton tweeted Friday night. After mulling over potential vice presidential candidates, Clinton ultimately felt that Kaine’s views aligned well with her own that he has the experience to help her win this November.
Kaine was the former governor of Virginia and currently sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The senator comes from the Midwest with working-class roots and a fluency Spanish, hoping to give Clinton an edge over Trump, and possible secure the Latino vote. Another thing you should know about Kaine is that he has close ties to Virginia, a swing-state and key player in the upcoming election. Clinton will formally introduce Kaine as her running mate this weekend at a campaign stop at Florida International University
Trump officially announced his decision to choose Mike Pence as his running mate last week at a news conference. While there was speculation that Trump was hesitant to choose the Indiana governor, the businessman believes that having him on his side will help unify the Republican party.
Pence is the governor of Indiana with strong ties to the Republican base, especially social conservatives and influential donors who Trump wants to win over. He describes himself as a devoted evangelical Christian and “basic guy” who believes that Trump is a “good man, and he will make a great president of the United States of America.”