Hillary Clinton is slugging it out with Bernie Sanders, but campaign team is pondering running mate possibilities. Should Clinton beat out Vermont senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, the former First Lady will pair up with a VP candidate from a list of 15 to 20 potentials that her campaign staff is reportedly vetting along with the one-time New York senator.
Will Clinton pull an all-female ticket? Is the nation ready to embrace that possibility? Will she choose an attack dog – someone who can dominate the vice-presidential debates – or will she opt for compatibility over confrontation?
The New York Times on April 24 compiled a list of running mate names, citing “allies and advisers of the Clintons and prominent Democrats.” Here are a few of the names mentioned:
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown: A prominent Senate liberal, Brown might be the perfect choice to bolster Clinton’s chances of swinging the critical state of Ohio in Clinton’s favor. The 63-year-old’s popularity among liberals – the group most closely identified with Sanders – also makes him a top choice.
“As Ohio’s working families continue to recover from the worst economic recession in our country’s history, we need a president who is committed to growing our economy by lifting up the middle class,” Brown said back in October when he formally endorsed Clinton.
“From opposing unfair trade deals to fighting for a fair financial system, Hillary Clinton has shown she puts working families first. She knows as president that her first job will be creating jobs for the middle class. I am proud to endorse her today because I know she will keep Ohio moving forward,” he said.
That said, Brown said earlier this year that he has no interest in being the VP, though his name continues to top Clinton’s reported short lists. “I have no interest,” Brown said, according to Cincinnati.com. “I don’t want to be President. I have no interest in being Vice President.”
Federal Housing and Urban Development secretary and former mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro: In Washington since 2014, the young, 41-year-old Castro has a made-for-campaign commercials biography, and an undeniable political savvy. CNN Money dubs him the Great Latino Hope for America, and his name on the ticket would be an interesting confutation against Trump and his build-the-wall, all-Mexicans-are-rapists-and murderers rhetoric.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts: Popular among progressive Democrats, Warren has yet to endorse Clinton. Still, the Times calls her a “superstar among the progressive left” who could instantly “unify the party and excite disappointed supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: The senior senator vigorously defended Clinton and her hard drive, email scandal, and as a successful, two-term senator and former country attorney, she brings experience to the table. Klobuchar also represents a state where Dems would be favored to hold a seat in the Senate.
Other names mentioned as potential Clinton running mates: Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, former governors from the key state of Virginia; former Mass. governor and prominent African-American Democrat Deval Patrick, and Thomas E. Perez, President Obama’s labor secretary and a Hispanic civil rights lawyer.
Who do you think Hillary Clinton might tap as her VP running mate?