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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave a peek at a list of her possible vice presidential contenders, along with what she saw as the most important qualification for the position.
“I want to be sure that whoever I pick could be president immediately if something were to happen,” Clinton told CNN earlier this month. “That’s the most important qualification.”
Although the former secretary of state has yet to conduct formal interviews of possible vice presidential preferences, CNN reported that records and backgrounds of several Democrats — including Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas — have been subjected to hours of study.
Kaine, who is a freshman senator, has executive experience as a one-term governor of Virginia after serving as a one-term lieutenant governor under Mark Warren.
Warren’s qualifications aren’t quite so sterling for the position. Before being elected as Massachusetts’ freshman senator, she served a less-than-one-year stint as a special advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau following two years as chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel.
She is best known, however, for her claim that she has a native American heritage — a claim devoid of proof.
Warren’s highest qualification as running mate — if not vice president — has nothing to do with readiness to assume office as president and everything to do with using Warren’s ultra-left ideology, which could help to bring supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders into the fold.
This could be important given that Sanders is not on Clinton’s list and the Vermont Independent has yet to endorse Clinton.
Castro, who’s been HUD secretary for less than two years, was San Antonio’s mayor for five years before President Obama tapped him for his current position.
The three lawmakers should be considered serious contenders and not as Clinton’s only finalists. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Rep. Xavier Beccera of California are also being considered, CNN reported.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and longtime Clinton aide and lawyer Cheryl Mills are reportedly assisting the former secretary of state in the selection process.
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