Clinton veepstakes: Why consider Tom Vilsack?

All indications are that Clinton has not yet made a final decision - and if she has, it is a secret that is being very carefully guarded.

A fluent Spanish speaker and former governor of Virginia, Kaine said Democrats and Republicans are offering voters starkly different approaches to the treatment of Latinos and immigrants, and warned that the GOP under nominee Donald J. Trump is alienating a growing swath of the US population. Only 19 other Americans have served as a mayor, governor, and senator in a single lifetime.

Asked about Hickenlooper, Clinton said, "First class".

While Warren's seat would be temporarily filled by an appointee named by the Republican governor of MA, the state would hold a special election for a permanent replacement.

Vilsack and his wife, Christie Bell Vilsack, both graduated from Hamilton College in 1972.

Clinton has earned a reputation as an aggressive, outspoken female on Capitol Hill. He actually started to run for president in the 2008 election, announcing his candidacy early but dropping out within three months.

Kaine is the polar opposite. Kaine is among a field of prospects who include Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Housing Secretary Julian Castro and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Kaine will be in Northern Virginia all day today.

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Clinton veepstakes: Why consider Tom Vilsack?

Warren has been a vocal opponent of Trump in recent weeks, openly engaging in debates with him over social media.

Some pundits have painted Kaine as a safe pick for Clinton because of his niceness and questioned whether he could go on the attack against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. But on regulatory overreach, Republican Grassley contrasts the two tickets this way.

Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral and former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander will inspire more confidence, if national security is Clinton's priority in her VP pick.

For Clinton, the selection of a running mate opens a new and important chapter in her political life. We've known all along he was a contender but as we get closer to the Democratic National Convention, it appears Clinton's old friend remains near the top of her list. He could do well among minority voters and, perhaps most notably, help add a spark and youthfulness to her ticket, which some party insiders believe she needs. But, in fact, they are much like the Gingrich and Christie - too divisive and potentially too threatening to Clinton.

What about the former Sanders followers?

Clinton has a lot to consider in making her pick.

Who would you like to see as Hillary Clinton's running mate? His contrasting personality may even be enough to convince anti-Clinton fanatics to vote for the Democratic ticket by the time November rolls around.

His first job in politics was as mayor of the small Iowa town he lived in after its previous chief executive was murdered at a city council meeting in 1986 by a deranged resident. The risk of isolating the male voters is a strong reason why Senator Warren might not be the best choice.

  • Joe Gonzales