Vice President Joe Biden cheered Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, a choice that could replace the nation’s first Roman Catholic veep with its second.
“Tim has proven time and again that he has the skills to lead and to make tough, principled decisions,” Biden said in a statement to The Times. “He shares my belief that when the middle class does well, our country does well.”
“He will be a strong partner for Secretary Clinton at home and abroad and his steady hand will continue the trajectory of our economy toward full resurgence,” he added.
Biden proved to be Barack Obama’s first choice in 2008 after a selection process in which Kaine was a close runner-up. In 2012, as Biden and the president ran for reelection and Kaine for his current seat, Biden and Kaine campaigned together on the final day before the election.