Reactions To Tim Kaine As Hillary Clinton’s VP Are A Mix Of Support & Frustration
On Friday, after a much-anticipated wait following a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the presumptive Democratic nominee — announced via text and Twitter that she had selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. With so many people waiting eagerly for the announcement on Friday night, reactions to Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's VP pick came in within seconds of the announcement on the official @HillaryClinton Twitter account.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that it was widely speculated that Kaine, the junior senator from Virginia — and the Old Dominion state's former governor — was slated to be Clinton's vice presidential pick, according to Democrats close to the Clinton campaign. Many political analysts have called Kaine a "safe" choice for the Democrats, not only for his record as a moderate Democrat, but as a senator in a state that is recently being considered more and more of a swing state for the presidential election in November.
As the country begins to learn more about the latest name to enter the general election race to the White House, voters on Twitter seemed to express everything from enthusiastic support to outright disappointment and frustration.
Kaine has the support of his fellow senator from Virginia, Sen. Mark Warner:
But among Democratic voters, the reactions to Clinton's VP pick spanned a range of support:
Hillary picked Tim Kaine as her VP. He is a good guy and one of the few campaigns I have given money to.— MrMacattack (@macattack_mr) July 23, 2016
All year long, the DNC has been after Bernie. So, Hillary goes out and gets a former CHAIRMAN of the DNC as her VP. Thanks, but no thanks.— Sedo (@SeadNoOneEver) July 23, 2016
Tim Kaine is Hillary's VP pick? Uhh. Ok. Well, he's definitely not going to upstage her in the charisma department https://t.co/Bscl3sly6Q— Kim Love (@kimmaytube) July 23, 2016
Hillary - get it together. Why couldn't you pick Bernie or Corey Booker for VP? You need that millennial vote, girrrrlllll. Smh— Melissa⚓️ (@SweetMeliska) July 23, 2016
Political analysis came pouring in on Twitter immediately as well:
Agree with this. Making a "safe" choice became more obvious as Trump has tilted even more toward demagoguery. https://t.co/fxuXSztzRa— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 23, 2016
And from politicians on both sides of the aisle:
RNC statement on Tim Kaine claims this selection will not unify the Democratic party: pic.twitter.com/QqkKPLzJHG— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 23, 2016
Conspicuously absent from immediate reactions on Twitter? Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' thoughts on his former primary opponent's VP announcement — but that's probably because he's prepping for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next week. Clinton and Kaine are set to accept their party's official nominations as President and Vice President respectively, to the Democratic ticket at the DNC.