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2016 Postmortem

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Sat Jul 23, 2016, 03:41 PM Jul 2016

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Kaine brings down the house in Miami


MIAMI — Those close to Hillary Clinton insist she chose Tim Kaine as her running mate because she knows she can work with him, because he’s safe and solid, because he was the obvious choice.
It doesn’t hurt that he also offers her a prime opportunity to contrast with Donald Trump — over and over and over.

“Sen. Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not,” Clinton said to the rapturous applause of over 5,000 Miamians at Florida International University, the first of many favorable comparisons she drew between Kaine and the GOP ticket. “While he was taking on housing discrimination and homelessness, Donald Trump was denying apartments.”

But the Kaine contrast campaign started hours before his name — long expected to be the last one left on the presumptive Democratic nominee's short-list — was even printed on the new Clinton-Kaine banners displayed throughout the arena here.

Teasing that the VP announcement would likely come on Friday, but not saying exactly when, Clinton’s campaign ensured that the political world watched closely throughout the day as she stormed through Orlando and Tampa on her first day of campaigning in Florida, which offers more electoral votes than any other swing state.

Shortly after a scowling, boisterous Trump appeared to be digging back into his own primary fight with Ted Cruz by resurfacing debunked claims that the Texas senator’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Clinton solemnly met Friday with local leaders — including an imam — and families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, preaching tolerance and inclusion.

She visited the makeshift memorial outside the club, speaking with first responders and laying down flowers. That night, as anticipation of the vice presidential pick was at a high point, she delivered a stinging rebuke of Trump’s convention to a crowd of 3,600 in Tampa, delivering images of a packed, energetic crowd to television screens across the country as viewers waited for the news.

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Huffington Post: "Kaine Crushes It" Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2016 #2
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