>> Let's go make history and elect Hillary Clinton the 45th president of the United States.>> Hillary Clinton will march into the battle for the White House with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. And it may deliver her a crucial swing state. While Virginia narrowly voted for Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections.
It voted Republican in the ten elections before that. Reuter's political correspondent, John Whiteside.>> Clinton has said throughout this process that what she's looking for is somebody with strong governing experience. Who can be a partner for her in the White House. Help her run the country and somebody with the knowledge in Washington to policy knowledge.
And knowledge of Washington, to be able to help her get things done. Tim Kaine's got all of that. He's got long history as a Senator. As a Governor. As the head of the DNC.>> Kaine has a strong background in foreign policy. Serving on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee.
And he's a former missionary, who worked in Honduras and is fluent in Spanish. That could help Clinton reach out to Hispanic voters. But Kaine, who also served as Virginia's governor is widely viewed as a safe choice for Vice-President. And that may not do much to get the party's more progressive wing to the polls with the number's that Clinton is hoping for.
Kaine has thrown his support behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A trade deal heavily criticized by labor unions. A major constituency for the Democrats and called disastrous by progressive hero and Clinton's primary rival, Bernie Sanders. And Kaine doesn't bring the diversity that the ticket that Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro or Cory Booker would have.
The announcement comes days ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off in Philadelphia next week.