Gay groups cheer Hillary Clinton's pick of Tim Kaine as her running mate

Sat. July 23, 2016 9:41 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

After months of speculation, Hillary Clinton on Friday announced that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was her choice for her vice president.

"I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H," Clinton messaged her more than 7.6 million followers on Twitter.

NPR listed five things people need to know about Kaine, including "He's never lost an election; He's fluent in Spanish; He has a son in the military; He officiates weddings; He plays the harmonica."

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has endorsed Clinton, applauded the choice of Kaine, who received a 90 percent rating from the HRC.

"While Donald Trump doubled down on discrimination by picking Mike Pence, Hillary Clinton has bolstered her campaign's historic commitment to LGBTQ equality by choosing Tim Kaine," Griffin said in a blog post. "Having proven time and time again that they have the experience, determination, and leadership needed to move equality forward for all Americans, we are confident Clinton and Kaine will tear down the walls of discrimination that hold all of us back. The stakes for LGBTQ people in this election couldn't be higher, and the choice for pro-equality voters couldn't be clearer."

Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur, who described Kaine as "solidly pro-LGBT equality," also cheered the move: "With her selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has highlighted the stark differences between her ticket and her opponent's. In contrast to the extremes of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homo- and transphobia on vivid display by Donald Trump and his running mate, Kaine presents an alternative: a pragmatist who works across ideologies and across the aisle to get things done."

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