Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tim Kaine VP nod safe, not bold, say Tampa's Clinton supporters

TAMPA — Hillary Clinton had yet to announce her pick for a running mate when an estimated 3,600 supporters filed out of her Tampa rally Friday afternoon, but already they were buzzing about U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

A Roman Catholic known for his moderate views, Kaine's pending candidacy didn't stoke enthusiasm among Democrats, but it didn't elicit strong objections either.

"I think he'll be okay," Wes Gadsden, 57.

Like many asked during Friday's rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Gadsden said he preferred a far more liberal senator, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

"We have to do something very bold and put two women on the ticket," he said.

That was the question: Should the Clinton campaign be bold or play it safe?

"I don't know that much about Tim Kaine," said Greg Walton, 63, of Palm Coast. "I've heard that he'd be a safe choice. That's all I know."

Walton said his first choice would've been Warren or Julian Castro, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Bernie Bots worship her almost as much as they do Bernie," he said, referring to Warren and Clinton's primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. "I think that would help draw all those people into the fold."

While most in the crowd had favorites other than Kaine, no one found him to be objectionable, either. Many said they would be excited about Warren, Castro, or U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., but they all said they could get behind Kaine if that's the way the political winds were blowing.

"I'm an Elizabeth Warren fan but I've heard she's out of the running," 22-year-old Chandler Martin of Tampa said before the rally.

"I'm guessing it's probably going to be Tim Kaine," he said. "I don't know much about him to be honest. I'm assuming she's going to pick him for bipartisan support."

Lindy Griffin, 65, of the Carrollwood area, said a pick like Kaine "would be an excellent choice."

"He's known for reaching across the aisle and that's what we need," he said.

Other supporters said race and gender could factor into Clinton's decision. And it should, if she wants to win the general election, said Gene Pickens, 70, who himself is African-American.

"I don't think Booker would be her best running mate," Pickens said of the black New Jersey senator. "Look what Obama did. He got a middle-aged white guy (Joe Biden) to balance the ticket."

Contact Jack Suntrup at jsuntrup@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8092. Follow @JackSuntrup.

Tim Kaine VP nod safe, not bold, say Tampa's Clinton supporters

07/22/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2016 9:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often

    Bucs

    Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  2. Two Boca Ciega students arrested on charges they brought gun to high school football game

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK — Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for having a loaded semi-automatic handgun with them at a Friday night football game at Pinellas Park High School.

    Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for bringing a weapon on school property on Friday night at a high school football game at Pinellas Park High School.
  3. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005

    Bucs

    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  4. Crash at U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park kills one, shuts down traffic

    Accidents

    PINELLAS PARK — A man is dead after a crash between two cars at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and 70th Avenue N just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Pinellas Park police are investigating the death of a man during a crash on U.S. 19 early Saturday. (Pinellas Park police)
  5. Tropics watch: The latest on Harvey and what systems could hit Florida

    Weather

    While Eastern and Central America monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Harvey, two tropical disturbances are moving through the Atlantic.