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Kaine brings steady hand, confidence to Clinton ticket

Nerdy? Sure. Boring? Never.

Hillary Clinton's running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, has been described by critics as a snoozer of a choice who could fail to inspire the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, blue collar workers and others.

But friends and former staff say the caricature of a vanilla Kaine is far off base.

Instead, they describe a deep thinker with a light touch — a person who reads dense books on philosophy for fun but also jams on harmonica with any band that will let him play along.

"He's a lot of things, but boring isn't one of them," said Beau Cribbs, a former personal assistant who spent long days with Kaine...

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