It is being reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on Hillary Clinton’s list of potential running mates.
While the nomination fight is still fluid, Mrs. Clinton is confident enough of victory that she has described a vision of a running mate and objectives for the search, according to campaign advisers and more than a dozen Democrats close to the campaign or the Clintons. She does not have a front-runner in mind, they said, but she is intrigued by several contenders and scenarios.
Among the names under discussion by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Clinton and campaign advisers: Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, former governors from the key state of Virginia; Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who represents both a more liberal wing of the party and a swing state; former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, a prominent African-American Democrat; and Thomas E. Perez, President Obama’s labor secretary and a Hispanic civil rights lawyer.
But Mrs. Clinton is also open to a woman, campaign advisers said. One obvious possibility is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is hugely popular among progressive Democrats, though she has not been helpful to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, declining to endorse the former secretary of state. Still, Ms. Warren has not been ruled out, according to the campaign advisers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the confidential search process.
The entire list is very impressive. The Times goes on to report that Clinton is looking for a running mate who is qualified to be president, can aggressively make the case that she is the best choice, and will help her paint the biggest contrast with Donald Trump.
Clinton is said not to be concerned with any of the traditional ticket balancing factors. Needless to say, Sen. Warren would check the boxes for what Hillary Clinton is looking for in a running mate. Warren is extremely qualified, one of the best at driving home the Democratic message, and a Clinton/Warren ticket would be a complete contrast to what Trump is likely to offer voters.
There isn’t a bad choice on the list, but Warren would fire up the Democratic base and take the fight to the Republican ticket like few others. Plus, a Warren selection would create the first all-woman ticket in US history, but would Hillary Clinton take that risk? If offered would Elizabeth Warren accept?
Former Sec. of State Clinton’s campaign seems to be thinking out of the box, and there is a chance that Democrats will make more history in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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