Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her pick for vice president at a rally in Tampa, Florida, today (July 22). The historic moment will stream live online as speculation runs wild as to exactly who that selection will turn out to be — or even if Clinton will actually follow through and make her announcement in Tampa.
Multiple media reports on Thursday and Friday have said that Clinton will select Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the 58-year-old former governor of that state. Kaine, a white man, could help Clinton persuade voters in the white male demographic, which is clearly Clinton’s weakest.
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) July 22, 2016
In fact, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released in June showed that an incredible 75 percent of white male voters hold an “unfavorable” view of Hillary Clinton, with just 23 percent seeing her in a positive light. In the same poll, as reported by the data journalism news site Vox.com, white women also looked unfavorably on Clinton by a margin of 60 percent to just 39 who viewed her favorably.
The following video gives further details on the possible Hillary Clinton VP running mate selection.
Clinton’s Republican opponent Donald Trump is also seen unfavorably by white men, according to the WaPo/ABC poll, but by a much lower margin — 52 percent.
But non-white men despise Donald Trump by an overwhelming margin, with an 82 percent unfavorable rating compared to just 17 percent on the plus side. Clinton is viewed extremely well by non-white men, with numbers almost the exact reverse of their white counterparts — 72 percent favorable and 26 percent unfavorable.
Watch a live stream of the Hillary Clinton rally, at which she is believed to be appearing with her VP pick — whoever it is — from the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific in the video below.
Other reports say that the first joint appearance of Clinton and her new VP pick will come on Saturday in Miami, Florida.
But Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is believed to also remain in contention as a possible Hillary Clinton VP pick. Warren, a progressive firebrand and, of course, a woman, is a favorite of the Democratic Party’s left wing, including many supporters of Clinton’s defeated primary opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Tim Kaine is in Boston. Elizabeth Warren is in Orlando… 1hr away from Tampa, where Hillary Clinton has a rally this afternoon. #ImWithHer
— Only4RM (@Only4RM) July 22, 2016
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who is 47-years-old and African American, was also reportedly on the Hillary Clinton VP short list as late as Thursday, according to a source who spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and current United States Secretary of Agriculture, recently surfaced as a surprise potential pick as well, according to CNN.
Vilsack has been a close friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton since the early 1970s.
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Clinton is moving quickly to name her VP selection immediately following the close of the Republican National Convention, an event that was widely viewed as a disaster for the GOP and its nominee, Donald Trump.
Trump appears to have missed out on deriving the customary “bounce” in polls from the Republican Convention. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday that includes data from July 18, 19, and 20 — the first three days of the convention in Cleveland — Donald Trump continues to trail Hillary Clinton by four percentage points in a national head-to-head matchup.
The poll showed Clinton with 40 percent support compared to 36 percent for Trump. However, when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party presumptive nominee Jill Stein were included, Clinton’s percentage dropped to 39 and Trump’s to 35 — still, however, a four-point lead for Hillary Clinton.
By announcing her VP pick at the live stream event in Tampa, Hillary Clinton apparently hopes to stop any potential momentum Trump could gain from the Republican convention.
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