I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H pic.twitter.com/lTVyfztE5Z— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016
Sen. Kaine is a former Governor of Virginia, former Mayor of Richmond, VA, and former head of the Democratic National Committee. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Kaine, 58, is fluent in Spanish, having worked in Honduras with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps during a break at Harvard Law School.
In choosing Kaine, she won't particularly energize the voters that were drawn to Sen. Sanders, but she sends the signal that she wanted a solid mainstream Dem at her side who is fully qualified to assume the Presidency if necessary.
A footnote: Sen. Kaine has never lost an election in his entire career.
BONUS: The plaudits are coming in.