For Immediate Release July 22, 2016
Contact Geoff Gerling, Executive Director
Clinton Selects Former Kansas City Resident as VP Nominee
Friday evening, Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that she has decided on US Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine as her running mate for the November election. Kaine, a former Governor and Lt. Governor, sits on multiple critical Senate committees including Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations. As a Senator, he has been a strong voice for addressing climate change, sensible gun laws and advancing health care policy.
Kaine has major local ties to Jackson County as he graduated from Rockhurst High School in south Kansas City and then went to the University of Missouri as an undergraduate. Just four years ago, Kaine was the featured speaker at the annual Truman Gala benefiting the Jackson County Democratic Committee. Missouri's US Senator and former Jackson County resident Claire McCaskill quickly voiced her support in a Tweet with the famous "M I Z" call. Much of Kaine's family still resides in the area.
With the extreme unfavorable rating for Republican nominee Donald Trump, Missouri appears to again be a swing state for the 2016 election. Having one of our own on the ticket will only excite local voters and create more volunteers who want to do their part to ensure the Clinton/Kaine team wins come November. As the excitement builds, the JCDC will work with volunteers across the region to support our nominees.