With the latest development of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaving a September 11 memorial service in New York after feeling overheated and dehydrated, there is talk going on about Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
On Sunday, Clinton was helped into a van after she appeared to have collapsed as a result of feeling overheated. Her doctor had diagnosed her with pneumonia on Friday.
Tim Kaine has to ‘step up his game’
According to Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, Clinton’s health issues mean “Tim Kaine has to step up his game.”
“[Kaine is] such an unknown quantity to the American people that he now has to kind of assume the mantle of what it would be like to have him as commander in chief, not just vice president,” Brinkley said.
As reported by the New York Times, a vice president assumed presidency nine times. While eight of these times occurred as a result of death, one was because of resignation.
Tim Kaine: 19 percent voters have not heard about Kaine
Kaine has been the mayor of Richmond, and Virginia’s lieutenant governor and governor. In 2012, he won the election to the Senate. He is considered the primary contender for Clinton’s running mate. However, he is not well’known nationally.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 19 percent of voters said they did not know who Kaine was. Almost 21 percent voters said they did not have any opinion about him.
While he served in the Senate, Kaine’s focus point has been foreign policy. He currently is part of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Clinton’s health issues are “quite sad” and he hopes “she gets well soon.”
There has been a lot of talk recently about Clinton’s health in the media. “It’s interesting because they say pneumonia, but she was coughing very, very badly a week ago,” Trump said, as reported by The Wrap. “It’s very interesting to see what’s going on.”