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2016 Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection

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Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was chosen by Hillary Clinton as her running mate on July 22, 2016.[1][2]
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was chosen by Hillary Clinton as her running mate on July 22, 2016.[1][2]

This article lists potential candidates for the Democratic nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for President of the United States, chose Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate.[1][2] The formal nomination took place at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Clinton-Kaine ticket lost the 2016 presidential election to the Republican Trump-Pence ticket, and Kaine returned to the Senate following the campaign.

Selection process

By April 2016, Clinton had begun discussions with advisers and allies regarding her potential running mate, though Bernie Sanders continued to challenge her in the Democratic primaries.[3] According to campaign sources, Clinton did not have a particular running mate in mind, and did not feel pressured to pick a running mate designed specifically to appeal to Sanders supporters.[3] There was relatively little public discussion about Sanders's running mate selection process.[4] As the 2016 Republican National Convention took place roughly one week before the July 25–28 Democratic National Convention, the Democratic presidential nominee was set to choose her running mate after the Republicans nominated their ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.[3] Clinton's running mate selection process was led by campaign chairman John Podesta and Cheryl Mills,[3][5] while the vetting process was led by attorney James Hamilton.[6] In discussing her potential vice presidential choice, Clinton stated that the most important attribute she was looking for is the ability and experience to immediately step into the role of president.[7] In contrast to previous Democratic presidential nominees, Clinton allowed for a relatively open selection process, holding rallies with many potential running mates and placing little emphasis on keeping her short list confidential.[8]


On July 22, Clinton announced via Twitter that she had chosen Tim Kaine as her running mate.[2] After the selection, Amy Chozick of The New York Times described Kaine as a "battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish."[9] Like his Republican counterpart, Mike Pence, Kaine has experience both as a governor and a member of Congress.[10]

If the Clinton-Kaine ticket had won election, Kaine would have resigned from the Senate, with Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe appointing Kaine's replacement prior to a 2017 special election.[10][11] According to journalist Glenn Thrush, Kaine had been the preferred choice of Clinton since at least February 2016.[12]

Reported shortlist

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 16, 2016 that Clinton's shortlist included the following nine individuals.[13]

According to a CNN report published on June 21, 2016, Clinton had narrowed down her list to no more than five contenders, including Kaine, Warren, and Castro.[14] However, a separate report in The Washington Post released that same day stated that, while Clinton had begun vetting Kaine, Warren, and Castro, more than a dozen people remained on her list of possible running mates.[15] On July 7, 2016, CNN reported that Clinton had narrowed down her shortlist to five people: Brown, Kaine, Perez, Warren, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. On July 12, 2016, The New York Times confirmed that the Clinton campaign was vetting former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Retired Admiral James G. Stavridis.[16] Clinton also met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in mid-July, fueling speculation that he might be chosen as the vice presidential nominee.[7] After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump named Mike Pence as his running mate on July 15, Kaine and Vilsack emerged as the top two contenders, although other individuals such as Perez remained in contention.[7]

WikiLeaks List

On October 18, 2016 WikiLeaks released more hacked emails from Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta. One of these emails Podesta sent Clinton was a "first cut of people to consider for VP" in March 2016. He wrote that this list had been generated with other top aides. Podesta organized the list of 39 contenders into what he called "food groups" apparently based around identities — Latinos, women, African-Americans, military brass, and business leaders.[19]

Other speculated candidates

The following individuals received coverage as potential running mates from multiple news sources. These individuals do not appear on the short list above or on the Wikileaks list.

Cabinet members

Members of Congress


Other Individual

See also


  1. ^ a b Kantor, Danielle (July 23, 2016). "8 things you need to know about Tim Kaine, your next vice president". Hillary for America. Archived from the original on July 23, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Memoli, Michael (July 22, 2016). "Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, Virginia senator and former governor, as her running mate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Healy, Patrick (April 23, 2016). "Hillary Clinton's Campaign, Cautious but Confident, Begins Considering Running Mates". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Kelly, Nora (April 23, 2016). "Choosing the Veep of Your Dreams". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Pace, Julie (June 21, 2016). "Hillary Clinton's VP search moves into more intense phase". Associated Press. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Freed, Benjamin. "Meet the DC Lawyer Helping Hillary Clinton Pick a Running Mate", Washingtonian, June 20, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Gearan, Anne (July 19, 2016). "Two names emerge from Clinton's VP deliberations: Kaine and Vilsack". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Arnsdorf, Isaac (July 22, 2016). "Clinton VP hopefuls face public rejection". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Chozick, Amy (July 22, 2016). "Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine, a Popular Senator From a Swing State, as Running Mate". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Gearan, Anne; Wagner, John (July 22, 2016). "Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia chosen as Hillary Clinton's VP". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  11. ^ McCaskill, Nolan (July 22, 2016). "Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Thrush, Glenn (July 23, 2016). "5 takeaways on Tim Kaine". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Matthews, Dylan (June 16, 2016). "Hillary Clinton's VP shortlist has leaked. Here are the pros and cons of each". Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  14. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Merica, Dan (June 21, 2016). "Clinton closing in on running mate search". CNN. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  15. ^ Gearan, Anne; Weigel, David (June 21, 2016). "Clinton is vetting three for vice president — but is still studying a longer list". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Parker, Ashley (July 12, 2016). "James Stavridis, Retired Admiral, Is Being Vetted as Hillary Clinton's Running Mate". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  17. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Merica, Dan (July 7, 2016). "Clinton narrowing VP choice, waiting for Trump". CNN. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  18. ^ Sabato, Larry (May 12, 2016). "The Veepstakes, Part One: Clinton's Choices". University of Virginia. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  19. ^ Seitz-Wald, Alex (October 18, 2016). "Hacked Emails Reveal 39 Names on Clinton's 'First Cut' VP List". NBC News. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  20. ^ Lillis, Mike (November 9, 2015). "Dems debate Clinton VP pick". The Hill. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  21. ^ Zhang, Mengyuan (July 1, 2016). "希拉里会考虑骆家辉当副手 成为首位华裔副总统吗?("Will Hillary Clinton consider Gary Locke as her assistant to become the first Asian American VP in United States history?")". Sohu News. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Cillizza, Chris (April 21, 2016). "Hillary Clinton isn't picking Elizabeth Warren for vice president. Here's why". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Goldstein, Joel (January 7, 2016). "Five Factors That Will Define the Running Mates". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  24. ^ Sullivan, Sean (March 7, 2014). "Handicapping the 2016 vice presidential field. Yes, you read that right". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
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  26. ^ "Hillary Clinton should choose Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley for vice president: Letters to the Editor". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
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