Local political leaders react to Clinton’s VP pick

Local Democrat David Betras is in favor of Clinton's choice, he will head to the DNC in Philadelphia this weekend

In this July 14, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton's possible vice president choices. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this July 14, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton's possible vice president choices. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With so many people waiting eagerly for the announcement Friday night, reactions to Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick were mixed.

Seconds after making her announcement on Twitter, some of Youngstown’s local political leaders discussed their opinions.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras said he wasn’t surprised at all by Clinton’s pick. He believes this ticket is just what their party needs to win the White House.

“He’s a lifelong progressive, someone who has two decades of bringing people together and getting results. He is one of the most qualified presidential VP candidates in our history,” Betras said.

Mahoning County GOP Chairman Mark Munroe said Clinton is a lot like her pick, he thinks they both have followed the same path to find personal enrichment through government service.Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras

“Hillary’s just collected millions and millions of dollars in speaking fees. There’s reports now that Tim Kaine has accepted $160,000 in gifts while he was serving as lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia. I’m not sure that that’s the right message that the folks are looking for,” Munroe said.

Munroe also said it doesn’t matter about the choice in vice president because it’s still ultimately a race between Clinton and Trump.

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