Hilary Clinton named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.
In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”
Chicago Tribune report that on Twitter a few seconds later, Clinton described Kaine as “a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.”
Kaine himself tweeted, “I’m honored to be her running mate.” The two will make their first appearance together as running mates Saturday at a rally in Miami.
Clinton’s decision caps a highly secretive, months-long process to find a political partner. It’s also the final puzzle piece for the general election, pitting Clinton and Kaine against Republican Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence, the Indiana governor.