Third Way Applauds the Selection of Senator Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate

July 22, 2016

Washington—Third Way Senior Vice President Matt Bennett issued the following statement:

“Secretary Clinton has made a smart and, yes, bold choice in picking Tim Kaine as her running mate.

“The choice is smart, because Tim Kaine is everything that a running mate and a Vice President should be. He is brilliant, experienced, compassionate, politically deft, and tested. During the campaign, he will perform well on the stump and in the debate. As Vice President, he will be a trusted confidant, a skilled negotiator, and a fantastic surrogate. Most importantly, he could step in and be a tough, smart, visionary president if needed.

“The choice is bold because conventional wisdom says presidential elections are all about base turnout. We saw that theory in action for four days in Cleveland and with Trump’s pick of Governor Pence, a Tea Party loyalist, as his running mate. Secretary Clinton has rejected that approach, picking a sensible, swing-state centrist. She clearly believes that the way to win in a divided country and to govern in a divided Washington is by making the tent bigger and appealing to common interests.

“I have known Tim Kaine since his days on the Richmond City Council. I knew then that he was destined to do great things. My Third Way colleagues and I are truly delighted to see him continuing on that path.”

Press Contacts

Ladan Ahmadi

Senior Media Relations Manager

202-384-1718

lahmadi@thirdway.org

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