Monday, June 27, 2016

Clinton's VP options

Clinton's choice of a running mate is consuming lots of media oxygen. NBC News examines likely candidates for a Clinton VP pick.

With a month to go until the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton's campaign is weighing a slate of potential running mates, conducting interviews with candidates and in many cases requesting personal financial and medical information.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked swing state lawmaker who was a finalist on Barack Obama's vice presidential shortlist in 2008, has emerged as an early frontrunner for the job. Also under consideration are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Housing Secretary Julian Castro. But officials with knowledge of the process say that the campaign is sifting through an even longer list, pondering some outside-the-box prospects as well as more widely-circulated names like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

See more details on the list of VP options in the NBC article.

Warren is campaigning with Clinton this week, possibly indicative of the importance of Warren's appeal to the Sanders supporters.

Hillary Clinton will woo the liberal wing of her party on Monday, campaigning with a luminary of the left in an effort to consolidate Democratic support and win over Sen. Bernie Sanders’s supporters.

But Mrs. Clinton won’t be sharing a stage with the Vermont senator on this day. Instead, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) will be at the former secretary of state’s side Monday morning in Cincinnati, making the pitch for Mrs. Clinton’s progressive policies.

With the Democratic National Convention now less than a month away, Mrs. Clinton is forging ahead with the work of unifying her party. Mr. Sanders so far has declined to endorse the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. But Ms. Warren, who is viewed as a rock star by the same far-left activists who backed Mr. Sanders, is in many ways filling that void.

Since Mrs. Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination earlier this month, Ms. Warren has proved to be an enthusiastic and effective surrogate, aggressively sparring with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and attesting to Mrs. Clinton’s populist credentials.

The joint appearances also serve as a test of Warren's appeal to a broader audience.

But Warren’s appeal is not limited to liberals, strategists said.

” It extends to people like many Trump supporters who feel the system only works for the rich and powerful,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon told the AP.

“Because of that, Cincinnati is a good place to test Warren’s appeal as a VP candidate who can attack Trump and win over some of his angry middle class supporters,” he added.

Meanwhile, Clinton was just endorsed by a former chief executive of Goldman Sachs.

“When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump,” wrote Hank Paulson, a former George W. Bush Treasury Secretary, in an op-ed announcing his endorsement.

“I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world,” wrote Paulson.

Clinton’s ability to appeal to Paulson while not losing Warren may signal strength as her campaign edges toward the Philadelphia convention next month.

Regardless of who gets the nod for VP, that person will come under immediate attack by the GOP, according to an RNC strategy memo.

Each likely candidate is given a frame — Kaine is a "career politician" who's not liberal enough for "the Sanders wing" but too liberal for America; Warren is "a rich, liberal egoist" with "intensely liberal and uncompromising positions on taxes ... at odds with Middle America"; and Castro "could easily be portrayed as a John Edwards-esque pick, whereby someone with good looks but a thin resume is viewed as a novice on the national stage" — and [RNC research director] Shah says it will use the research "to release or pitch on background prior to the nomination, and during the first hours after the announcement is made."

Research note: In my post, Warren was mentioned nine times, Kaine and Castro two each. The rest got a single mention. Now, Scriber hopes, if only frequency of mention ruled the selection process.

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