Clinton and Kaine debut as the presumptive Democratic ticket in Miami.
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Hillary Clinton's search for a vice president started with a commanding victory in the New York primary and a special delivery in a plastic Duane Reade bag. Three months later, it ended with a phone call to a shipyard office, where Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was waiting.From the start, Kaine was a front-runner to join Clinton on the Democratic ticket. But Clinton grew personally comfortable with the likable and even-keeled Kaine as they campaigned together in recent weeks and discussed the vice presidency.Campaign chair John Podesta started the process after Clinton's convincing victory over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in April's New York primary, dropping off binders of information with Clinton at her home in Chappaqua, New York.They considered departing on a boat but instead switched cars, piling into a Volvo, and drove to Newport's Viking Hotel, where Kaine's wife had already checked in.When he arrived, Kaine told his wife in person that he was joining the Democratic ticket, aides said, and then conferred with Podesta and the Clinton aides over dinner and began working on his debut speech.While Clinton also considered other potential running mates, including Labor Secretary Tom Perez, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, officials said the choice came down to Kaine and Vilsack.
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