CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The vice Presidential picks are in! Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate, and Donald Trump announced he will run with Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Political experts say Kaine has long been seen as a seasoned and safe choice for Clinton, who could help her secure support among white working-class voters. Political theorists say Pence’s selection gives Trump a running mate with strong ties to the Republican base particularly social conservatives.
Some voters say the vice presidential candidates will greatly impact their decision when it comes time to vote, while others say it won’t be much of a factor.
Todd Lever, of West Springfield told 22News, “They certainly matter, you always have to know what person is on deck as far as if something happens to the president, so yeah, they are certainly important.”
Justin Anstett, of West Springfield mentioned, “I’m picking on who the president is not who the vice president is because unless something bad or traumatic happens to them they won’t be on at all, they will be in the background.”
On July 15th Trump announced via twitter that Mike Pence would be his running mate. And Clinton announced her pick Friday night in a message to her supporters, just a few days before the Democratic National Convention will begin.
I spoke with many voters here in western Massachusetts that said they will need to do more research on both vice presidential candidates before heading to the polls.