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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.,participate in a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., July 14, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Hillary Clinton decides to raise Kaine

07/23/16 10:17AM

In retrospect, Hillary Clinton gave Charlie Rose a pretty big hint about her intentions earlier this week. Asked about Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and his self-professed "boring" personality, Clinton said, "And I love that about him. I mean, he's never lost an election. He was a world-class mayor, governor and senator, and is one of the most highly respected senators I know."
 
And now, if the Democrat has her way, he'll be the next vice president of the United States.
Hillary Clinton has selected Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Clinton announced the choice to her supporters by text message Friday evening "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."
 
Clinton and Kaine are slated to appear together at a joint rally in Miami, Florida on Saturday.
There's a lot to this, so let's dig in.
 
Let's hear the basics on Tim Kaine.
 
He's been widely recognized as Clinton's most likely pick, largely because he checks several key boxes: Kaine is a smart, popular senator from a swing state who's fluent in Spanish. He's respected among his colleagues, and he's worked his way up the ladder, having served as a mayor, lieutenant governor, governor, and senator.
 
Wasn't he a big part of Barack Obama's team back in the day?
 
Yep. In 2007, when much of the Democratic establishment was rallying behind Hillary Clinton, then-Gov. Kaine became the first prominent Dem to back Obama's presidential campaign. He was reportedly the runner-up for VP in 2008.
 
Why didn't he get the nod at the time?
 
Because Obama wanted someone with foreign-policy experience -- which Kaine has since picked up as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. In fact, no senator in either party has been more outspoken on the importance of the White House receiving congressional authorization to fight ISIS. He also was a prominent supporter of the Iran nuclear deal.
 
Rumor has it Tim Kaine is pretty boring.

On the July 22, 2016 TRMS

07/23/16 12:15AM

Tonight's guests:

  • Kristen Welker, NBC News correspondent
  • Steve Kornacki, MSNBC political reporter
  • Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenhood
  • Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress
  • Jeff Schapiro, political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Joan Walsh, national affairs correspondent for The Nation

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Programming notes for the next couple days!

Programming notes for the next couple days!

07/22/16 09:46PM

Rachel Maddow alerts viewers to upcoming programming highlights, including Time Kaine and Hillary Clinton making their first joint appearance, Maddow appearing on Meet the Press and the start of MSNBC's coverage of the Democratic National Convention. watch

Kaine 'a believer in possibilities'

Kaine 'a believer in possibilities'

07/22/16 09:38PM

Jeff Schapiro, political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, talks with Rachel Maddow about the political strengths and weaknesses of Senator Tim Kaine and where he fits on the political spectrum. watch

What Tim Kaine means for electoral map math

What Tim Kaine means for electoral map math

07/22/16 09:32PM

Steve Kornacki looks at what the addition of Senator Tim Kaine to the Hillary Clinton ticket could mean for the electoral math in the general election, potentially limited Donald Trump's possible paths to victory. watch

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