In 2007, Kaine was an outspoken supporter of then-Senator Barack Obama when he served as governor of Virginia.
Hillary Clinton’s political momentum is growing, thanks to Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Kaine recently pledged his support for the former first lady if she runs in 2016. Clinton has not officially confirmed her intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 2007, Kaine was an outspoken supporter of then-Senator Barack Obama when he served as governor of Virginia. At the time, he felt Obama was best suited for the Oval Office and even declared his support early-on before the election cycle began.
“I’m stating my support for Hillary Clinton today for the same reason. She’s the right person for the job. I’ll be starting my fifth year in the Senate on Inauguration Day 2017 and she’s the partner I know I’ll want to be working with in the White House on all fronts,” Kaine said at a South Carolina Women’s Democratic Council breakfast on Saturday.
According to MSNBC, the location of the announcement was considered very strategic as South Carolina is considered a major political hurdle for the presidency, specifically the primary.
“She has a deep history of engagement in domestic policy issues—the economy and jobs, education, the equal status of all, children and family programs—that started long before she came to Washington … She understands the challenges facing Americans from all walks of life and has the compassion and skill necessary to help improve our everyday lives,” Kaine added.
Currently, Clinton is considered the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Kaine is considered by many in the party to be a viable pick for the vice presidential nomination.