All three are well-known in political circles. All three are known to be leaders in progressive issues, including civil rights, reusable energy, and labor. Two would have to resign from cabinet positions if they accept the nomination. And – if only for trivia – all three are Roman Catholic, too.
The announcement will be made later this week during Clinton’s two-day tour of Florida, and these are the three candidates:
Kaine has a wealth of political experience. Once mayor of Richmond, Virginia, then Lt. Governor and later Governor, he was elected to U.S. Senate in 2012. As an attorney, he’s defended many civil rights issues, including fair housing. He was also once chair of the Democratic National Committee.
He’s also regarded to be continually evolving in progressive stance. In 2005, for example, Kaine backed a state policy that prevented adoption by gay parents. This was before gay marriage was recognized nationally. He changed that position in 2011, and began publicly supporting both gay marriage and gay adoption.
Kaine’s representation of Virginia – a true battleground state in presidential elections – could be another factor that leads to his “final three” status.
He’s a long proponent of healthcare rights, and while state senator helped pass law that allows continuous medical insurance for Iowans who change jobs.
Vilsack is also a leader in projects for renewable energy and fuels, which in part helped him raise Iowa to lead all other states in wind energy production. Also in his term in governor, Iowa rose to top state in personal income growth, third lowest in business operating costs, and tenth lowest in tax burden.
A longtime friend of the Clinton’s, Vilsack was national co-chair of her 2008 campaign.
He was also considered for the same position by John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008.
His most recent role was greatly welcomed by labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, due to Perez’s stand on labor issues.
In his previous position, he took on many cases defending LGBT rights, including ones involving public schools. He fought questionable “Voter ID” laws implemented in some states, successfully watering down the recent attempt in South Carolina. Perez also defended minorities in cases of police discrimination against African Americans and Hispanics.
A Hispanic himself, with parents born in the Dominican Republic, Perez would be the first Latino vice presidential candidate in U.S. history.