Clinton campaigns with Senator Tim Kaine, possible V-P pick

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail with US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, who is widely seen as the 'safe choice' to become Clinton's running mate.

VIRGINIA (Reuters) - As presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton moves toward a final decision for V-P before the Democratic convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, she headed out on the campaign trail on Thursday (July 14) with US Senator Tim Kaine, where the two appeared at a rally in Northern Virginia.

Thursday's event with Mr Kaine gave Mrs Clinton an opportunity to gauge whether the 58-year-old Harvard-educated senator would help her fire up a crowd and make for a comfortable fit on the campaign trail.

Mr Kaine is widely seen as the "safe choice" to become Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential running mate, and that may be the biggest mark against him.

With a resume that includes a stint as a missionary in Honduras before becoming a civil rights lawyer, he could help Clinton check a lot of boxes in the list of requirements for a running mate.

Fluent in Spanish, he could build on her efforts to reach out to Latino voters. He is also affable, savvy about foreign policy and has executive experience as a former governor of Virginia and a former mayor of Richmond, the state's capital.

And as a Virginian, he could help Clinton win a battleground state in the Nov 8 race against Republican Donald Trump.

He is the obvious safe choice, according to many Democratic members of Congress. Tthough the Clinton campaign is keeping the vice-presidential selection process tightly under wraps, many Democrats in Washington see Mr Kaine as the front-runner.