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SMU Experts: Kaine a ‘safe’ & ‘steady’ choice for Clinton ticket

July 22, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – Ending months of speculation, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced late Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her vice-presidential running mate.

For insight on Hillary Clinton’s VP choice, contact these SMU political experts:

KAINE ‘WON’T FIRE UP LIBERAL BASE, BUT CLINTON THINKS TRUMP WILL DO THAT’ FOR HER 
 

Matthew Wilson
jmwilson@smu.edu

“It’s a good pick. It’s a safe pick. Kaine doesn’t have many vulnerabilities or weaknesses. He won’t fire up the liberal base, but Hillary Clinton thinks Donald Trump will do that. Kaine also may sway white male voters who may be undecided.”

Matthew Wilson, SMU associate professor of political science, can discuss:

  • Religion and politics
  • Political psychology
  • Voting behavior of religious voters
  • Public opinion and politics
   
KAINE’S STEADY HAND IMPORTANT TO A POTENTIAL PRESIDENT 
 

Rita Kirk
rkirk@smu.edu

“Sen. Kaine’s most important quality is that he’s from Virginia, a swing state. And while he’s somewhat unknown, he’s proven to be a steady hand. That’s important to a potential president. Would that person’s running mate be capable of stepping into the top position if necessary? While people always vote for the top of the ticket, not for the vice-president, that person can certainly detract from a nominee’s chances of succeeding, as we saw with John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin.”

Rita Kirk, SMU professor of communication studies and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, can discuss:

  • Sound-bite substance
  • Undecided voters
  • Presidential debates
  • The use of second screens and social media in politics
  • Political communications

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