Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies, considers Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate and examines how Richmond in the 1990s shaped Kaine as a leader.


Conventional wisdom already has declared Hillary Clinton's selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as a "safe," cautious choice, even an affront to the Democrats' liberal wing.

That narrative, however, is driven more by Clinton's lengthy primary contest with Bernie Sanders than an understanding of who Kaine is or the significance of his career.


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