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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(MIAMI) --  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took the stage with running mate Sen. Tim Kaine for the first time since announcing him as her vice presidential pick telling a Miami crowd that he is "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not."

The two walked arm and arm onto the stage at Florida International University before a crowd of more than 5,000, making it one of the largest during Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Clinton took the microphone first, explaining the factors that drove her to pick the Virginia senator. She announced him as her running mate via tweet Friday night.

"As I have said, the most important qualification when you are trying to make this really big choice is, 'can this person step up to be president?' Well, at every stage of Tim's career, the people that know him best have voted to give him a promotion," Clinton said.

Clinton picked Kaine after evaluating 24 contenders, according to a campaign official. He was the only one of the contenders who met with Clinton twice. Clinton considered several potential candidates from different parts of the Democratic party including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

 In Clinton's final meeting with Kaine, she invited him and his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, to her Chappaqua home to have lunch with her, former President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc, according to a campaign aide.

Clinton called Kaine at 7:32 pm Friday night to offer him the position. Kaine was at a fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island. Shortly after he got the call, Kaine left the fundraiser. His former staffers and friends began celebrating in Richmond as the news was revealed.

A Clinton campaign official said that during her decision-making process, Clinton kept reiterating her belief that Kaine could do the job of vice president. At the rally Saturday at Florida International University, Clinton made the same point.

He is "a leader who cares more about making a difference than making headlines," Clinton said.

She also described Kaine as a fighter.

"Make no mistake. Behind that smile, Tim also has a backbone of steel. Just ask the NRA," said Clinton in reference to Kaine's fights against the gun-lobbying group

Kaine showed some of his fighting spirit in his criticism of Donald Trump in the speech.

"Do you want a 'you're fired' president or a 'you're hired' president?" Kaine said to the crowd.

He was citing the 'you're fired' line from Trump's former reality show, "The Apprentice," but Kaine referred in his speech Saturday to Trump's business bankruptcies.

Clinton, said Kaine, would be a 'you're hired' president, such as through policies to build public infrastructure projects and raise the minimum wage.

Kaine also introduced himself to the crowd by telling a little of his biography.

"Vice president was never a job I thought about growing up in Kansas," he said in a speech interspersed with Spanish, in which he is fluent.

Kaine also touched on some the Clinton's major talking points: "We are going to make the American economy work for everyone, not just those at the top," he said.

The senator and former Virginia governor was long viewed by pundits as one of the most qualified of the contenders on Clinton's list of VP candidates. While he endorsed President Obama in 2008, he was an early supporter of Clinton's 2016 presidential bid.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic National Convention's Rules Committee passed a resolution Saturday night establishing a "unity reform commission," a compromise from the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns that would establish a commission next year to review the election and role of super delegates and caucuses.

The resolution was presented to the full committee after a marathon 7-hour-plus meeting that broke twice for recesses and regrouping.

The commission will be co-chaired by Clinton and Sanders representatives, and will be comprised of nine Clinton appointees, seven Sanders appointees and three DNC appointees.

It will make recommendations to ensure caucuses are "protected," "less burdensome" and "more transparent"; make recommendations to encourage same-day registration; and make recommendations and revisions to delegate selection rules on super delegates.

The commission will have until January 1, 2018, to complete its business.

Regarding super delegates, which was the most contentious issue of the day, the commission will make specific recommendations on how to change the rules so some super delegates, such as members of Congress and governors, maintain their status, but others be required to cast their votes at the convention "in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state."

That is to say, all super delegates (party leaders) would still get to come to the convention and serve as delegates, but the commission would find a way to seriously reduce which ones actually remain unpledged.

The Sanders campaign is calling this commission "a victory," though some Sanders delegates were clearly disappointed.

The rules are expected to be formally adopted this week during the convention in Philadelphia.

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America.(NEW YORK) -- Unlike Donald Trump's announcement of his running mate, Mike Pence, Hillary Clinton's search for a running mate was a closely guarded secret.

Only a small team of aides were involved in the process and Clinton herself did not make her final decision about Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine until Friday morning -- the same day she made the announcement.

Once Clinton decided on Kaine, the campaign continued to go to great lengths -- concocting a secret plan that included riding in freight elevators and hiding in cars -- in order to keep the news from leaking.

Here is how the final hours of the mission played out early Friday evening, according to campaign aides.

Campaign chairman John Podesta, along with two others aides and a speechwriter, snuck out of their headquarters in Brooklyn using a freight elevator to avoid being seen as they traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, where Kaine was holding a nighttime fundraiser.

As Kaine spoke at his event, still unaware that he had been selected, Podesta waited in a parking lot of a nearby beach.

Meanwhile, around 7:05 p.m., Clinton had just finished a rally in Tampa and both she and Podesta began making calls to contenders who did not get the job.

Kaine and his aides had a hunch that a call from Clinton would be coming that evening and had hoped to return to their hotel first, but the swarm of reporters outside the fundraiser -- which was held at an old shipping yard -- prevented them from leaving. They scrambled to find a messy office space that was crowded with ropes and shipping equipment.

It was there that Kaine took the call from Clinton asking him to be her running mate

The two spoke for 15 to 20 minutes, during which Kaine learned of the campaign's plan and was instructed to meet Podesta at the Viking Hotel.

The problem? Aides were concerned about how they could sneak Kaine out of the shipping yard without reporters seeing.

They briefly contemplated leaving on a boat, but nixed the idea. Ultimately Kaine was simply driven out in an unassuming Volvo.

Around this time -- at 8:11 p.m. -- the campaign made the official announcement on Twitter that Clinton had chosen Kaine.

Back at the hotel, Kaine's wife, Anne, was waiting for him, along with Podesta, who gave him a briefing and handed over a copy of his speech for the campaign rally with Clinton he would appear at on Saturday in Miami.

Kaine decided not to return home to Richmond that night and instead flew directly to Miami. He had packed an extra outfit, thinking he would be fundraising the next day in Nantucket.

Around 10:45 p.m., before taking off, Kaine received a phone call from President Obama.

Once in flight, Kaine and his team popped some champagne to celebrate. Kaine also worked on his speech.

The next morning, the Virginia senator received a policy briefing from senior campaign aides and then met privately with Clinton.

The reason, aides say, the two were over an hour late to their Miami rally was because the newly-minted running mates couldn't stop chatting.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team was "disappointed" by the emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked through WikiLeaks, which seemed to reveal staff in the party working to support Hillary Clinton.

"Someone does have to be held accountable," Weaver said during an interview with ABC News. "We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the [Donald] Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama's speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign."

Weaver said the emails showed misconduct at the highest level of the staff within the party and that he believed there would be more emails leaked, which would "reinforce" that the party had "its fingers on the scale."

"Everybody is disappointed that much of what we felt was happening at the DNC was in fact happening, that you had in this case a clear example of the DNC taking sides and looking to place negative information into the political process.

"We have an electoral process. The DNC, by its charter, is required to be neutral among the candidates. Clearly it was not," Weaver said, responding for the first time to the growing controversy. "We had obviously pointed that out in a number of instances prior to this, and these emails just bear that out."

Another member of Sanders' staff, Rania Batrice put it this way: "Everything our fans have been saying -- and they were beaten down for and called conspiracy theorists -- and now it's in black and white."

The email dump comes at a crucial time, just days before the party's national convention in Philadelphia, with thousands of delegates representing both campaigns gathering from across the country. Weaver and several other members of the Sanders staff have said they are worried the news could disrupt the goals of the convention.

"We are trying to build unity for the fall to beat Donald Trump and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a figure of disunity in the party, not a figure of unity," Weaver added. Weaver and the DNC chairwoman have tangled often during this campaign cycle. Asked specifically whether she should resign, Weaver responded, "She should consider what her options are."

Weaver said that he was surprised that no one with the party had reached out to him, "given the conduct that was disclosed" in the emails. Several of the emails showed that DNC staff called Weaver names including "a liar."

Several members of Sanders staff have expressed specific outrage over the emails, which seemed to suggest attacking the senator's religion. Sanders' former Iowa State Director Robert Becker told ABC News that it showed "a total lack of decency."

The Democratic National Committee has not commented on the issue.

Several of the emails released indicate that the officials, including Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Sanders and his campaign as the primary season advanced, in one instance even floating bringing up Sanders' religion to try and minimize his support.

"It might may [sic] no difference, but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief," Brad Marshall, CFO of DNC, wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. "Does he believe in God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a new video, FiveThirtyEight sets out to explain Trump's success and what his nomination means for the Republican Party. The video features analyses by FiveThirtyEight writers and various Republican strategists answering the question FiveThirtyEight’s politics editor Micah Cohen poses: “So what is the Republican Party?”

"Republicans didn't really have a great vision for themselves until Donald Trump," says FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone.

Following its loss to President Obama in 2012, the Republican Party emphasized the importance of diversifying the party's base.

Despite this effort, the party ended up with a nominee who has tapped into a particular strain of identity politics. "The GOP has become a party of white identity that is, in some ways, unhappy with the direction that the country is going," Malone said.

FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN. ESPN and ABC are both owned by the Walt Disney Company.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The mother of slain U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens is calling on Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party to stop using her son’s name and death in Benghazi as fodder for political attacks.

Stevens was serving as the U.S. ambassador to Libya when he was killed in a terrorist attack on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi in September 2012. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time.

Trump has throughout his campaign used the attack in Benghazi to criticize Clinton. Last month, he tweeted specifically about Stevens’ death, saying, “If you want to know about Hillary Clinton’s honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.”

If you want to know about Hillary Clinton's honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016

Stevens's mother, Mary F. Commanday of Oakland, California, wrote a letter to the editor published by the New York Times on Friday complaining about “this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign” of her son’s name. Her letter reads:

"As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party.

"I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign.”

Commanday did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The letter comes on the heels of the Republican National Convention, where speakers highlighted the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi. During an emotional speech on the opening night of the event in downtown Cleveland, a mother of a foreign service worker who was killed in the attack said she holds Clinton responsible.

"For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism, the tragedy in Benghazi has brought on America, I blame Hillary Clinton," Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, told the crowd inside the Quicken Loans Arena. "I blame Hillary Clinton for the death of my son, personally."

Donald Trump Jr. also attacked his father’s Democratic opponent over Benghazi during his address to the convention Tuesday night.

“Secretary Clinton's State Department ignored their request for help on the night in question and in the weeks and months leading up to the attack," he said. "It was a tragedy and one that would be repeated should she win the election. Who will take that call at 3 o'clock in the morning?”

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Republican National Convention wrapped up this week, and now it is the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight.

Democrats from all over the country will gather at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, the arena home of the 76ers and the Flyers, from Monday, July 25, through Thursday for the Democratic National Convention, which will formally nominate Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Here is everything you need to know about the convention:

Why Philly?

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell began vying back in 2014 for the chance to host the DNC.

The City of Brotherly Love was officially chosen as the 2016 DNC host city last February, beating out Brooklyn, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona among others.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz confirmed the selection of Philadelphia on Facebook when she pulled a cheesesteak out of a refrigerator in a video.

While it’s not the first time Philadelphia will host a presidential convention, it has been over a decade since the city’s last gig. In 2000, Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention, at which then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush became the party's nominee.

Schedule Sneak Peek

The convention is shaping up to be a star-studded event featuring big names in politics alongside Hollywood celebrities.

According to a press release from the convention’s committee, the first night of the convention kicks off with First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was Clinton’s fiercest primary rival, as the headline speakers.

Tuesday night will be the roll call vote that will officially nominate Clinton.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks. This is also traditionally the night we hear from the vice presidential nominee. Clinton announced Kaine as her running mate on Friday.

Chelsea Clinton will help her mother wrap up the convention on Thursday, and Hillary Clinton is expected to speak about her vision for the country that night.

Throughout the convention, actors and singers who are Hillary supporters will grace the stage, including Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Tony Goldwyn, and Lena Dunham.

Other big name political figures who will take the stage throughout the week include: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Al Franken, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Backing for Bernie

Sanders’ presidential campaign may have come to an end, but the movement he started continues. The City of Brotherly Love will “feel the Bern,” as supporters hold a week of rallies to show their support for the Vermont senator.

“We want a YUGE demonstration/march at the convention in Philly as well as YUGE solidarity marches across the country to send a clear message to the establishment,” the Facebook page created for, “March for Bernie at DNC,” reads.

Philadelphia approved four pro-Sanders rallies during convention week.

Superdelegate Fight Spills Over Into Philly

In the later stages of Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination, many of his supporters expressed anger about the party's system of using superdelegates who exercise a lot of power in selecting a nominee.

Superdelegates -- unbound delegates who typically hold or have held elective office Congress, as a governor or the like -- are free to vote for the candidate of their choice during the formal nominating process.

It is the support of these unpledged delegates that, when combined with bound delegates distributed as a result of caucus and primary vote totals, pushed Clinton over the threshold to clinch the nomination.

Some are seeking to eliminate the influence of superdelegates during future primaries and conventions. The DNC Rules Committee is meeting Saturday to vote on the suspension of the superdelegate system.

“It is time for the DNC and its Rules Committee to ensure that the voices of voters -- not party insiders -- will always be the deciding factor in our nominating process,” said Aaron Regunberg, a Rhode Island state representative and DNC Rules Committee member.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined President Obama for his address this week where both discussed the financial crisis and Wall Street.

Warren and the president talked about the recession that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and Wall Street reform already signed into law by President Obama.

"Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too," the president said. "That’s what we’re fighting for."

"It’s about basic fairness for everyone," Sen. Warren said.

Read the president's full address:

POTUS:
Hi, everybody.  I’m here with Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of our strongest advocates for families and consumers like you.  Today, we want to talk about some of the actions we’ve taken to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

Eight years ago, after some big banks made irresponsible and risky bets with your money, we almost slipped into another Great Depression.  While the recklessness started on Wall Street, it didn’t take long before it led to real pain for folks on Main Street.  It would cost millions of our fellow Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. 

WARREN: The financial crisis wasn’t an unstoppable act of nature. The whole thing could have been avoided, but we didn’t have the rules in place to stop Wall Street from taking enormous risks that threatened the economy.  We didn’t have strong protections to keep consumers from being cheated by tricks and traps on financial contracts. 

POTUS: So when I took office in the darkest days of the crisis, I promised you we wouldn’t just recover from crisis – we’d rebuild our economy on a new foundation to make sure a crisis like that never happens again.

WARREN: President Obama delivered.  He signed into law the toughest Wall Street reforms and strongest consumer protections in generations.  Trust me – I’m a pretty tough grader.  These new rules are making our financial system more transparent, getting rid of a lot of fine print, and making sure that if a bank screws up, you have someone to call so you don’t get stuck with the bill.

POTUS: These reforms have already made our financial system safer and more resilient.  And part of passing those strong consumer protections meant establishing the first-ever Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, based on an idea that Senator Warren came up with before the crisis even began. 

WARREN: Every day, the good people at that independent agency crack down on dishonest and deceptive practices like the ones that helped cause the crash.  The proof is in the more than 27 million consumers who in just five years have gotten refunds and other relief from credit card companies, payday lenders, debt collectors, and others that tried to rip them off.

POTUS: Before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you didn’t have a strong ally to turn to if your bank took advantage of you, or you were being harassed or charged inappropriate fees.  Now you do. 

WARREN: The Bureau is also there to help you make better-informed decisions.  Before you take out a mortgage, or a loan for college or a new car, check out the agency’s website – CFPB.gov.  It can help you sift through the confusing but important details.

POTUS: Republicans and big banks who opposed these commonsense rules claimed they’d hurt the economy.  But we’ve seen what happened to the economy when we didn’t have these rules.  And despite their claims, our economy is stronger today than it was before the crisis.  Since we dug out from the worst of it, our businesses have added almost 15 million new jobs.  Corporate profits are up, lending to businesses is up, and the stock market has hit an all-time high.  So the idea this was bad for business just doesn’t hold water.  Now our task should be making sure we build on those gains, and make sure they’re felt by everybody.

WARREN: But every year, like clockwork, big banks and their Republican allies in Congress try to roll back these protections and undermine the consumer watchdog, whose only job is to look out for you.  Their nominee for President promises to dismantle all of it.  They may have forgotten about the crisis, but working families sure haven’t.  We haven’t either.  And that’s why we’re not going to let them give Wall Street the ability to threaten our economy all over again. 

POTUS: Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too.  That’s what we’re fighting for. 

WARREN: It’s about basic fairness for everyone.

POTUS: And it’s about responsibility from everyone.  Thanks to leaders like Senator Warren, our country, our economy, and our families are better off.  Let’s keep it that way.  Thanks for being here, Senator Warren.

WARREN:  Thanks for having me, Mr. President.

POTUS:  Have a great weekend, everybody.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate -- a man she called a "relentless optimist" who "devoted his life to fighting for others."

Clinton announced her choice in a text message sent to supporters: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."

The presumptive Democratic nominee also tweeted out her running mate decision.

 

I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H pic.twitter.com/lTVyfztE5Z

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

 

She touted Kaine as a "relentless optimist."

 

.@TimKaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.https://t.co/pui1WFEVpS

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

 

Kaine has long been considered to be at the top of Clinton’s short list. He was previously vetted for the vice presidency by Barack Obama in 2008. Kaine was an early supporter of Clinton’s, appearing at a “Ready for Hillary” breakfast in May 2014 where he urged her to enter the 2016 presidential race.

Before tonight’s announcement, Kaine last appeared on the campaign trail with Clinton at a stop in Annandale, Virginia, on July 14. During that appearance, Kaine appeared to be auditioning to be Clinton’s running mate. He utilized his fluent Spanish to explain why he was “listo” or ready for Hillary.

“We were ready for Hillary because Hillary's ready for us. Hillary's ready for Virginia. Hillary's ready to be president. Hillary's ready to be our leader. Hillary's ready to make history. And that's why we're ready for Hillary," Kaine said at the time.

While Kaine has acted as a surrogate for Clinton, the two have not appeared at a campaign stop together. Friday's announcement marked their first joint campaign appearance.

Kaine told NBC in June that he “encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017.”

Pundits have described Virginia as a pivotal battleground state in the 2016 race, and Kaine will help in the efforts to deliver the state to the Democrats.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kaine served as governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia. In 2009, President Obama picked Kaine to lead the Democratic National Committee.

Kaine, a devout Catholic, is married to Anne Holton and has three children. His father-in-law was the governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974 and is a political mentor to Kaine.

The Clinton campaign can also utilize Kaine’s fluency in Spanish to appeal to Latino voters. Kaine mastered the language when he took a year off from Harvard Law school to work as a missionary in Honduras. Kaine has described that experience as cementing his commitment to serve others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Like the candidate she picked, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential selection process lacked sizzle.

Unlike the public drama that played out before Donald Trump officially unveiled Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, was conducted quietly and out of the public eye.

Clinton began the process in April after the New York primary. Campaign chairman John Podesta delivered 24 binders with information on potential candidates to Clinton's home outside of New York City in an unassuming a plastic bag from Duane Reade, a New York pharmacy.

Then, Clinton started reading.

The former secretary of state reviewed choices with a small group of advisers, including Podesta, senior adviser Cheryl Mills, and lawyer James Hamilton -- who led vetting efforts for the last three Democratic presidential nominees.

President Bill Clinton -- arguably Hillary Clinton's closest adviser -- was intimately involved in the process as well, offering his opinion but understanding that the selection wasn't his to make, according to a Democrat familiar with the former president's role.

The presumptive Democratic nominee spent the following months reviewing her options, and appeared on the campaign trail with many of the candidates -- including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

Clinton and Kaine appeared together last week at an event in northern Virginia, where the down-to-earth, Spanish-speaking former governor impressed her on the stump.

"Do you want a 'you're fired' president, or a 'you're hired' president?" Kaine asked supporters, riffing on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice."

After their joint rally, Clinton invited Kaine to her home in northwest Washington, DC, where they spoke privately and huddled with Clinton's aides for 90 minutes.

That Friday, Clinton met with a series of vice presidential candidates in Washington, including HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Warren, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The following day, she had lunch with Kaine and his family, and were joined by Bill Clinton, Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Throughout the process, even as he emerged as Clinton's favorite, the Virginia senator consistently downplayed the vice presidential speculation after his 2008 vetting by the Obama campaign -- as well as his ability to serve.

"Nobody should ever say they're ready for the responsibility because it is so, so huge," Kaine told NBC in late June when asked if he'd be prepared to serve as president.

"I am boring," he also admitted in the interview. "But boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

It was Kaine's steadiness that impressed Clinton most, according to campaign sources -- a confidence in his ability to work alongside her in the White House on Jan. 21, 2017.

But it would be another six days before Clinton settled on Kaine. As Clinton and Democrats watched the often-tumultuous Republican National Convention unfold, Kaine spent the week dodging reporters as he attended constituent events across Virginia.

On Friday afternoon, Clinton walked backstage after a rally in Tampa and made her pitch to Kaine.

The senator, who took the call from Rhode Island, where he was fundraising for Sen. Jack Reed, accepted Clinton's offer. He'll join Clinton for a rally in Miami Saturday afternoon.

Just before 8 p.m., Clinton and Podesta informed the other candidates that they were not selected in a series of phone calls. As the clock ticked, Clinton's official selection stayed under wraps, to the surprise of those familiar with the often-leaky process.

FWIW: it's incredibly impressive that the Clinton VP pick has not leaked. Amazing discipline, bc they almost always leak at this point

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 22, 2016

Clinton's controlled, methodical rollout sharply contrast with Donald Trump's, who had second thoughts about his selection of Pence even after offering him the job and flying him out to New York City.

Trump's offer was reported hours before he officially announced the news in a tweet last Friday morning.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Here's everything you need to know about Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).

Name: Tim Kaine

Party: Democrat

Date of Birth: Feb. 26, 1958

Age: 58

What He Does Now: U.S. Senator from Virginia. Elected in 2012. Serves on Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Aging Committees.

What He Used to Do: Kaine served as Democratic National Committee chairman from 2009 to 2011. He served as governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, as lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006, and as mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001. He was first elected to office in 1994 as a Richmond City Council member. He has said he ran for council because he thought the governing body was too racially divided. He got his start as a lawyer handling civil rights and fair-housing cases as well as representing death row inmates. He attended the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School.

Hometown: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota but raised in a Kansas City suburb

Family Tree: Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Albert and Kathleen Kaine. He is the eldest of three boys. He was raised in Kansas City where his father owned a metalworking shop. His mother was a home economics teacher. He met his wife Anne Holton at Harvard Law School. They married in November 1984 and have three children: Nat, Woody and Annella. Kaine’s father-in-law, A. Linwood Holton, is the former Republican governor of Virginia, and Kaine has called him his "political mentor." Kaine’s wife, Anne, is currently the Virginia secretary of education.

Key life/career moments:

While at Harvard Law School, he took a year off in 1980 to be a missionary in Honduras and help run a small vocational school there. It is there where he perfected his Spanish. He still speaks Spanish fluently. Kaine has called the experience in Honduras "searing." He said it taught him that "struggle" is part of life. His exposure in Honduras to overwhelming poverty helped shape his future and his determination to serve others. Kaine has also said that it led him to his wife, Anne, and that the two of them set out to make "reconciliation" the mission of their lives.

In the Senate, he has made a name for himself by sometimes butting heads with his friend, President Obama, when it comes to the role of Congress in giving the president authority to deploy military force and declare war.

Kaine was vetted in 2008 as a potential running mate for Obama. Of the outcome of Obama’s decision, he told a Virginia NBC affiliate, "The president told me at one point, he said you know, you are my heart pick and Biden is my head pick ... Sometimes I go with my heart, sometimes I go with my head."

As governor of Virginia, he dealt with a Republican-controlled General Assembly that blocked several of his primary goals, including expanding early education and repairing the state’s transportation system. During his governorship, he also dealt with an economic crisis and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Following the mass shooting, Kaine’s leadership resulted in statewide mental health reforms. He also banned smoking in Virginia restaurants. He told the Washington Post his biggest regret was not finding more money for roads. Since he’s left the governorship, some of the $160,000 he’s received in gifts has come under scrutiny. Some have described his biggest accomplishment as governor as delivering Virginia for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in over 40 years.

He started his career as a civil rights attorney, handling death penalty and anti-discrimination cases. One case Kaine discusses frequently is Richard Whitley’s appeal of his death sentence. Kaine was then a young lawyer and Whitley had been convicted of slashing the throat of a Virginia widow and raping her twice.

What You Might Not Know About Him:

He has attended a black Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, for 30 years. The Richmond church hosted his wedding in 1984 and the baptism of his three kids. For years, Kaine was a tenor in the men’s choir until politics prevented him from making weekly rehearsals. Kaine reportedly loves to sing.

He made history by being the first person to give a full Senate floor speech in Spanish during the debate over the so-called gang of eight bill in 2013.

He had a lot of inner turmoil as governor when it came to the death penalty. When the state executed someone, he reportedly would stay in his office with an open line to the death chamber, and his staffers said he was at times emotional.

He travels with three harmonicas and has played with Boyd Tinsley, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski and the Cary Street Ramblers.

He’s never lost an election in his career, although as Democratic National Committee chairman he failed in 2010 to deliver victories in the gubernatorial races of Virginia and New Jersey where respective candidates Creigh Deeds and Jon Corzine lost.

His basement neighbor in the Russell Building when he first got to the Senate: Ted Cruz.

He called himself "boring" in a June 2016 interview with Meet The Press.

What He Has Said About Clinton:


He endorsed Hillary Clinton in May 2014 at a Ready for Hillary breakfast. Politico reported that she called personally to thank him.

In June 2016, he said, "the reason I'm helping Hillary, I encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017."

Kaine’s abortion stance is not as liberal as Clinton’s. He has said that personally, as a Catholic, he is pro-life but does not believe the government should intrude into a woman’s right to choose.

What He Has Said About Veepstakes:

He told ABC News on July 5, 2016: “The only role I’m playing is trying to help her win Virginia. I have lived in Virginia long enough to remember when we were a state that didn’t matter in presidential politics. It is now nice to be in a state that matters a lot so the work that I can do to be helpful to her is just right here at home.”

In December, 2015, he reflected on the VP speculation swirling around him both in 2008 and now. He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "My gut told me eight years ago that wasn’t how I was going to make my contribution," he said. "My gut tells me now the way I’m going to make my contribution is right here in the Senate." Kaine added, "I want to be John Warner, is what I want to do."

In April 2016, he told MSNBC's Morning Joe, "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."

In May 2016, he told David Gregory: "My gut doesn't feel much differently this time than last"

In June 2016, he told Meet The Press, "People will speculate, but I have got one job and one job only right now, and that is to work hard for Hillary Clinton so she can win and especially in Virginia, that's the area where I have been helping her and that's the area where I'm going to help her."

On July 11, 2016, he told MSNBC: “You know, I mean, it’s interesting, I was speculated about 8 years ago, and it’s nice to be speculated about, I’m not going to pretend otherwise….Well in my gut 8 years ago, I didn’t think it was going to go that direction, and I’ve gotta say, in my gut right now I kinda feel like I’m going to stay in the Senate and continue to battle on armed services, foreign relations, and budget issues that make me a happy senator every day. So speculation is fine, but I got a job to do and for the Hillary campaign, the best thing I can do is hopefully help her win in Virginia. Virginia’s a key state and I’m looking forward to campaigning for her and making sure she wins Virginia.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video Friday, linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

“I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of ‘America First,’” Duke said. “We cannot have free trade without fair trade.”

“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” he said. ”I’ve always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster.”

Duke endorsed Trump's presidential run in February, and called on supporters to help the New York developer's White House campaign.

Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!

— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) July 22, 2016

Trump was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for not doing enough to distance himself from the former KKK leader's support, as well as re-tweeting white supremacist imagery.

Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator, is entering a crowded field that includes Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, a businessman-turned-member of Congress with tea party credentials, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, and state treasurer John Kennedy. They are running for the seat currently held by David Vitter, a Republican, who has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

Duke has unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat before. He also ran for president unsuccessfully in 1992.

Under Louisiana’s "jungle" primary system, if no candidate wins a majority of votes in November, the top two candidates will face off in a December runoff election.

The National Republican Senate Committee Executive Director Ward Baker was quick to say the committee would not be supporting Duke.

We will not support David Duke. Several GOP candidates in LA will have a great impact on our country. He is not one of them. #LASEN

— Ward Baker (@WardBaker) July 22, 2016

Duke's leading opponents have also denounced his rhetoric and Senate campaign.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Just days before the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks has released emails from top DNC officials that appear to show the inner workings of the Democratic Party and what seems to be them attempting to aid the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries.

Several of the emails released indicate that the officials, including Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, and his campaign as the primary season advanced, in one instance even floating bringing up Sanders' religion to try and minimize his support.

“It might may [sic] no difference, but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Brad Marshall, CFO of DNC, wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. “Does he believe in God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps woudl draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

Amy Dacey, CEO of the DNC, subsequently responded “AMEN,” according to the emails.

During the primary battle, Sanders and his supporters accused both the party and Wasserman Schultz of putting their thumb on the scale for Clinton and these emails may indicate support for those allegations.

Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down, and in an April 24 email she received with an article detailing Sanders talking about the DNC being unfair to his campaign, the chairwoman responded, “Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.”

After the Nevada Democratic Convention, where things got out-of-hand over a delegate fight, Wasserman Schultz called Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver a “damn liar.” In another instance, she referred to him as an “a--," according to the emails.

The DNC did not respond to requests for comment.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told ABC News he was reviewing the documents.

The leak exploded on social media with Sanders supporters expressing anger and frustration that the emails appeared to suggest the party was colluding with the Clinton campaign and plotting against the senator. Some even called on Sanders to revoke his endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will begin receiving classified intelligence briefings after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, when both candidates have become their respective parties' presidential nominees, senior intelligence officials tells ABC News.

“The briefings are traditionally given after nominating conventions have identified all the candidates,” the official said.

Republican and Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees have been offered introductory intelligence briefings on national security since 1952, after their parties' national conventions. So Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Clinton's running mate will receive them as well.

The ritual, organized by the Director of National Intelligence and the White House, is meant to prepare the candidates for the transition of power.

Former intelligence officials have expressed reservations about Trump and Clinton receiving the briefings, concerned about their ability to handle classified information.

Congressional Republicans, following the FBI probe into Clinton's handling of classified information on her private server, have sought to block the presumptive Democratic nominee's access to classified intelligence.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, wrote a letter to James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, requesting that Clinton be denied access to such briefings, but was rebuffed.

“Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed, non-partisan basis,” the DNI said in its response to Ryan earlier this month.

FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, but said she and her staff were "extremely careless" with their handling of classified information.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- If you're like most Americans, you might think we'd seen the last of Hillary Clinton's email messages when the State Department said in February that it had made them all public.

Turns out there's many more.

Originally, Clinton said she turned over 55,000 pages of work-related emails to the State Department that she'd accumulated during her time as secretary of state and deleted 30,000 personal ones.

But when FBI Director James Comey announced earlier this month that no criminal charges would be brought against her, he also revealed that his investigators had recovered many of the missing emails, some of which were work-related, not personal.

And because the State Department is the rightful owner of Clinton's work-related emails, the FBI has started returning them to the State Department.

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said the FBI turned over an "initial set" of those documents on Thursday.

"Just as we appropriately processed the material turned over to the department by former Secretary Clinton, we will appropriately, and with due diligence, process any additional material we received from the FBI to identify work-related agency records and make them available to the public consistent with our legal obligation," Trudeau said at a briefing with reporters today.

"As we have not yet reviewed the material, we're not going to speculate further about their scope or content, nor do we have any details to offer on how or when any such agency records will be released," Trudeau added.

The FBI has already reviewed the emails, so Clinton won't be subject to any more scrutiny for possible criminal charge when these emails are made public. Comey said his investigators determined three of them were classified.

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