Politics July 22, 2016: Clinton picks Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate




Clinton picks Virginia Senator Time Kaine as her vice presidential running mate

By Bonnie K. Goodman

MIAMI, FL - JULY 23: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) greet supporters during a campaign rally at Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made their first public appearance together a day after the Clinton campaign announced Senator Kaine as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is predictable. Clinton announced her predictable choice for vice presidential running mate Virginia Senator Time Kaine on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, via Twitter and text message to supporters. For over a month Kaine was considered the front-runner for Clinton’s running mate, despite other candidate’s names being put in the mix. Clinton attends to have her first rally with Kaine on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Miami, Florida.

Like her GOP rival nominee Donald Trump, Clinton took to Twitter to announce her running mate. Clinton wrote, “I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, @timkaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. -H.”

Clinton also sent out an email to supporters, calling Kaine “a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.” Continuing, the presumptive nominee said, “I have no doubt that Tim can do the job. I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House.”

Afterward, Kaine tweeted back that he was honored, saying, “Just got off the phone with Hillary. I’m honored to be her running mate. Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!” Kaine, 58, is a lawyer, who was the former Mayor of Virginia, Lieutenant Governor and the Governor of Virginia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee before running for the Senate in 2012. Kaine has never lost any election he competed.

Clinton called Kaine at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening to notify him. The Democratic nominee then told President Barack Obama about her decision. Clinton’s quest to find a running began in April with John Podesta running the vice presidential search and 24 potential candidates. Clinton met twice with Kaine last week including a joint rally in Virginia and a meeting at Clinton’s Washington home. Last Saturday Clinton had a meeting with Kaine’s family that included Clinton’s “husband former President Bill Clinton, daughter, Chelsea and her son-in-law Mark Mezvinsky,

Trump was quick to criticize his rival and her timing, writing on Twitter, “Hillary’s trying to pick her vice president as fast as possible because she wants to take away a little of the success that we had at this convention.”

The Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also issued a statement criticizing Clinton’s VP choice. Priebus wrote, “After spending last week pandering to grassroots Democrats with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton has chosen someone who holds positions that she’s spent the entire primary trying to get to the left of.”

Continuing, the chairman said, “Ultimately this is a ticket that represents one thing: four more years like the last eight, just with more corruption and scandal. A Clinton-Kaine administration will push our country further down the path President Obama has led us on and that has made us less safe, less prosperous, and less free.”

Clinton will formally introduce Kaine as her running mate at a rally at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday. Kaine is a fluent Spanish speaker, and the university’s population is 60 percent Hispanic. Clinton hopes to bolster her already substantial support from Latino voters.

Kaine received the White House’s approval. White House press secretary Josh Earnest appeared with radio host Bill Press’s show and discussed the members of the administration in the running for VP. When Earnest asked, “You didn’t ask me about Sen. Kaine,” Press responded that Kaine “is not a member of the administration.”

Earnest praised Kaine, saying, “That is true, but he is somebody who is the subject of some rather intense public speculation about serving. Sen. Kaine is somebody that the president deeply respects, and, I think, it’s been publicly reported was even considered himself as a running mate back in 2008.”

President Obama also praised Kaine in a Democratic Party fundraising email saying, “Like Hillary, Tim is an optimist. But like Hillary, he is also a progressive fighter… you just can’t find anyone with a bad thing to say about him.”

Clinton’s primary opponent, Bernie Sanders’ supporters were not satisfied with Clinton’s pick. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) issued a statement, which read, “It’s now more important than ever that Hillary Clinton run an aggressive campaign on core economic ideas like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, Wall Street reform, and yes, stopping the TPP. It’s the best way to unite the Democratic Party, and stop Republicans from winning over swing voters on bread-and-butter issues.”

Also under consider for the vice presidential slot were Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, but also Julian Castro, the Housing and Urban Development secretary, and Tom Perez, the Labor secretary. Also, Clinton flirted with taking liberal favorite and progressive Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, which would have created the first all female presidential ticket in history.

Clinton and Kaine will be formally nominated as the presidential and vice presidential nominees at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this upcoming week, July 25 to 28.


Full Text Campaign Buzz 2016 July 16, 2016: Donald Trump’s Speech Announcing Mike Pence as Vice Presidential Running Mate Transcript



Donald Trump Announces Mike Pence as Vice Presidential Running Mate

Politics July 15, 2016: Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate




Trump announces that Mike Pence is his pick for vice presidential running mate

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The worst kept secret in the 2016 presidential campaign is no longer a secret. On Friday morning, July 15, 2016, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Trump was supposed to make the formal announcement at a press conference in New York Friday morning. After the terror attacks in Nice, France on Bastille Day that killed over 80 people, Trump postponed the formal declaration until Saturday morning same time and place, 11 a.m. Trump Tower, New York City.

On Friday morning, Trump made his decision official ending a day of rampant speculation in the news media about his choice of running mate. The GOP nominee wrote, “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.”

On Thursday afternoon, July 14, the news media was already announcing that Trump chose the Indiana Governor. Pence emerged as the frontrunner from a pool of four candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions.

CNN reported late Thursday afternoon; that Trump had phone Pence offering him the post and Pence agreed. Later Pence was seen arriving in New Jersey with a police detail accompanying him. Even the Indianapolis Star reported that Pence decided to be Trump’s running mate forgoing running for re-election as Indiana’s Governor, withdrawing from that race, as the law does not permit him to do both.

Trump’s campaign, however, kept denying that the nominee chose Pence. Trump added fuel with his Fox News interview with Greta Van Susteren Thursday evening. Trump said, “I haven’t made my final, final decision. I mean, I’ve got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years. Just a fantastic person. And there’s Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it’s been great — he’s done really a fantastic job. But I haven’t made a final, final decision.”

With Pence, Trump pleases the GOP establishment, who has been reticent about the nominee and reluctant to support him. Trump is hoping to unify the party with his VP choice, a social and fiscal conservative, with experience in the House of Representatives and executive experience governing Indiana for one term. Pence has the support of the Tea Party, as well as influential donors including the Koch brother, who Trump needs in the general election, and have not yet supported his nomination.

Although Pence differed with Trump on policy during the primary opposing his Muslim ban and endorsing rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz before Indiana’s May primary, Trump won him over, with Pence praising him and vowing to help the nominee will the election in November. Pence emerged as the frontrunner this week after a rally on Tuesday, July 12, in Indiana, where the governor introduced Trump and fiercely criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton declaring she “must never become president of the United States.”

Recently, Pence praised Trump to reporters, telling them, “I think he is going to be a great president. I think he is someone who has connected with everyday Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan. I think he has spoken into the frustration and the longings of the American people as no one since the 40th president, and I think you’re going to continue to see him do that.” Trump and Pence will be formally nominated as the party’s official nominees at next week’s Republican National Convention.

Politics July 14, 2016: Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?




Trump to announce VP running mate Friday, will it be Christie, Gingrich or Pence?

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The finale of the Donald Trump veepstakes is coming to a close. The presumptive nominee announced on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, on Twitter that he will reveal his vice presidential running mate on Friday morning, June 14 in New York City. Trump seems to have narrowed his search down to three candidates, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening about his VP reveal, “I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.” Trump might be choosing one of the three most buzzed about possibilities or choose someone else, with Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions being a possibility. Trump told Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday about his VP list. Trump said, “I’m narrowing it down. I mean, I’m at three potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

Former GOP candidate Ben Carson says that Trump, a master showman might surprise with his VP and not choose the usual suspects. Carson is working with Trump’s campaign on vetting potential running mates. All three have tried out with Trump at recent rallies. The frontrunners have met with the nominee and are still arguing their cases to Trump. Pence is the GOP establishment’s favorite choice; he is also a safe option. Pence introduced Trump at an Indiana rally on Tuesday, July 12 further adding to speculation.

The speakers list for the GOP convention released on Thursday, July 14, might give an indication as to Trump’s choice for vice president. Christie, Gingrich, and Sessions are scheduled, but Pence is not. Another glaring omission and possible VP candidate is former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is an ardent supporter and campaign trail surrogate fueling possible speculation that Trump may opt for the veteran nominee. Trump intends to notify his candidates as to his decision on Thursday afternoon.

Campaign Headlines July 18, 2012: The Tea Party Nominates Sen. Marco Rubio as their Choice for the 2012 Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee




Exclusive: Marco Rubio ‘Honored’ By Tea Party’s VP Nod

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-19-12

ABC News

Sen. Marco Rubio today got the nod to be the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee — from the nation’s largest Tea Party group, not Mitt Romney.

The Florida senator — the only Republican whom Romney has confirmed is being vetted for a No. 2 spot on the ticket — was the top preferred choice of thousands of surveyed Tea Party Express members, the group announced today.

“It is not a big surprise that Marco Rubio is the favorite candidate of the tea party for the vice-presidential nod.  He ran as a strong fiscal conservative, and he has delivered with his record in the U.S. Senate for the last two years,” said the group’s president Amy Kremer in a statement. “The only surprise is that he led the other excellent candidates by such a wide margin.”…READ MORE

Campaign Headlines May 25, 2012: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Says Gay Marriage Is ‘Distraction’ From Economy in Speech at a Foreign Ministry Agency in Taipei, Taiwan




Jeb Bush Says Gay Marriage Is ‘Distraction’ From Economy

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-25-12

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On a three day visit to Taiwan, Jeb Bush said the economy is the number one issue in the United States, calling same sex marriage a “distraction” in the presidential campaign.

The former Florida governor made the comments at a question and answer session Friday after giving a speech at a foreign ministry agency in Taipei, according to the  Focus Taiwan News Channel. Earlier this month, in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts President Obama announced his support of same sex marriage.

Despite repeated comments that he’s not interested in the job, Bush — the son of one president and brother of another — is still high on veepstakes lists and this trip to Taiwan will do nothing to dissuade the vice-presidential chatter.

Bush got high marks from a Tampa Bay Times’ survey of more than 100 Democratic and Republican Florida political insiders. They say Mitt Romney should pick someone from Florida to be his number two, and that it should be Bush, not Florida Sen. Marco Rubio….READ MORE

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