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Question: Who should be Hillary Clinton pick for vice presidential candidate in 2016?
Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)   -15 (3.4%)
Joe Biden (Delaware)   -6 (1.4%)
Michael Bloomberg (New York)   -4 (0.9%)
Cory Booker (New Jersey)   -17 (3.9%)
Julian Castro (Texas)   -21 (4.8%)
Steven Chu (Missouri)   -3 (0.7%)
George Clooney (Kentucky)   -4 (0.9%)
Andrew Cuomo (New York)   -9 (2.1%)
Howard Dean (Vermont)   -14 (3.2%)
Ellen DeGeneres (Louisiana)   -4 (0.9%)
Rahm Emanuel (Illinois)   -1 (0.2%)
Dianne Feinstein (California)   -2 (0.5%)
Al Franken (Minnesota)   -12 (2.7%)
Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota)   -7 (1.6%)
Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)   -3 (0.7%)
Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)   -10 (2.3%)
Al Gore (Tennessee)   -7 (1.6%)
Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)   -5 (1.1%)
Christine Gregoire (Washington)   -2 (0.5%)
John Hickenlooper (Colorado)   -26 (5.9%)
Ashley Judd (Kentucky)   -3 (0.7%)
Joseph P. Kennedy III (Massachusetts)   -5 (1.1%)
John Kerry (Massachusetts)   -7 (1.6%)
Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)   -7 (1.6%)
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana)   -5 (1.1%)
Joe Manchin (West Virginia)   -7 (1.6%)
Jack Markell (Delaware)   -5 (1.1%)
Bob Menendez (New Jersey)   -4 (0.9%)
Ernest Moniz (Massachusetts)   -1 (0.2%)
Janet Napolitano (Arizona)   -5 (1.1%)
Jay Nixon (Missouri)   -9 (2.1%)
Martin O'Malley (Maryland)   -25 (5.7%)
Deval Patrick (Massachusetts)   -20 (4.6%)
Nancy Pelosi (California)   -3 (0.7%)
Colin Powell (New York)   -8 (1.8%)
Susan Rice (Washington D.C.)   -5 (1.1%)
Bill Richardson (New Mexico)   -8 (1.8%)
Ken Salazar (Colorado)   -4 (0.9%)
Chuck Schumer (New York)   -3 (0.7%)
Brian Schweitzer (Montana)   -47 (10.8%)
Kathleen Sebelius (Kansas)   -8 (1.8%)
Eric Shinseki (Hawaii)   -1 (0.2%)
Antonio Villaraigosa (California)   -4 (0.9%)
Mark Warner (Virginia)   -34 (7.8%)
Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)   -17 (3.9%)
Oprah Winfrey (Mississippi)   -5 (1.1%)
Someone else (please specify in thread)   -15 (3.4%)
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« on: June 28, 2013, 07:30:11 am »
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Assuming that Hillary will end up, unsurprisingly, as the Democratic primary voters' Choice for president in 2016. Who do you think she should choose as her running mate? Should she make considerations as to sex, age, race, Hispanic/non-Hispanic, sexual orientation, religion, region/state, executive experience and (conservative/moderate/liberal) ideology of the candidate? And what should be more important in her decision?

I wanted to add Madeleine Albright as well, but as she was not born in the US, I realized she is not electable to vice presidency either.

I've thrown a couple of celebrities in there as well, for the fun of it. At least they've been somewhat politically active. Ellen With mostly With gay and animal rights (+ being very engaged in the aftermath of Katrina), while Clooney and Winfrey campaigned for Obama, among other activities. Tongue

The names, as you will see, are listed in alphabetical order.

You may vote for as many candidates as you'd like!
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 07:42:03 am »
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What about Tim Kaine?
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2013, 07:42:40 am »

Welcome to Atlas!  However, on this thread, all those choices, and you didn't include one of the most obvious ones (Tim Kaine)?
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2013, 12:53:39 pm »
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What about Tim Kaine?

excellent choice.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2013, 01:00:21 pm »
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I like Mark Warner.

He certainly has presidential ambitions of his own, and a successful VP candidacy in 2016 sets him up nicely to be the nominee in 2020 if HRC doesn't run for reelection. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2013, 01:08:33 pm »
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HRC, hillary rodham clinton or human rights campaign? xD

I think someone like Bill Nelson of Florida or Kay Hagan of North Carolina, John Hickenlooper of Colorado or Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. If she chooses someone from a very blue state she will loose.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2013, 01:15:30 pm »
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Sorry about not including Tim Kaine! Another one I should have added is Hilda Solis, Obama's first Secretary of Labor. As the very first female latino Senator elected in California, and the youngest state senator serving at the time, she made a name for herself when she single-handedly made sure that the minimum wage of California would be raised in the mid-90ies. The Republican Governor at the time vetoed her bill, which made her all the more determined to let the California voters decide its fate instead. She sponsored the ballot initiative herself With money from her own campaign coffin, and it eventually received majority support from state-wide voters.

Anyone else I've missed out on? I'm sure there should be a few more.

I see Kay Hagan and Bill Nelson have also been suggested. Keep 'em coming. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2013, 01:18:15 pm »
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Ron Wyden.
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2013, 01:26:13 pm »
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Really shows you how terrible the bench is for vice presidential candidates. Gillibrand should be a shoe-in for any non-Hillary nominee, but for Hillary... I can say any of them would be that fantastic.

Still, I voted Patrick.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2013, 02:10:53 pm »
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Brian Schweitzer or Elizabeth Warren, or any Blue Dog Democrat.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 02:21:07 pm »
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Among those on this list, I would say Schweitzer, O'Malley or Warner.  O'Malley would be my number one choice if Bill Clinton could give him some charisma lessons. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2013, 02:24:14 pm »
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What about Jon Tester?
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2013, 02:33:47 pm »
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Brian Schweitzer. 
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I suspect she'll go with Newsom. The base likes him. A younger candidate is a good match. He's been a loyal #2 in California, and his mayorality gives him strong executive experience. He also supported her in 2008.

Her best choices are probably Schweitzer or Warner. Schweitzer can be a strong campaigner in a region Hillary Clinton isn't associated with. Warner is qualified, and immensely popular in a crucial swing state.

Martin Heinrich could also be a solid choice as a younger western Senator.

Xavier Becerra could her with both the Congress in the presidency and Latino voters in the election.

Really shows you how terrible the bench is for vice presidential candidates. Gillibrand should be a shoe-in for any non-Hillary nominee, but for Hillary... I can say any of them would be that fantastic.

Still, I voted Patrick.
I don't think the bench is all that bad.

Geographic considerations probably take out a few of the potential national candidates, as does the likelihood that Hillary Clinton won't want another woman on the ticket.

That still leaves her with solid choices among the senators, governors and prominent politicians who hold other offices (Becerra, The Castro brothers, Newsom.)
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Villaraigosa or Castro. It's a bit racist, but a woman plus a Hispanic will energize voters and recapture the magic of Obama's candidacy. It would be very, very hard for any Republican to beat that ticket. And if the vp was attacked for only being a mayor, They could point out that they represented at least twice the number of constituents as the Gop's last vp candidate. It's not quite that simple, but in the soundbite wars of the day I imagine it could be convincing enough for many voters.
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Villaraigosa or Castro. It's a bit racist, but a woman plus a Hispanic will energize voters and recapture the magic of Obama's candidacy. It would be very, very hard for any Republican to beat that ticket. And if the vp was attacked for only being a mayor, They could point out that they represented at least twice the number of constituents as the Gop's last vp candidate. It's not quite that simple, but in the soundbite wars of the day I imagine it could be convincing enough for many voters.


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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2013, 12:08:28 am »
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She should pick a solid liberal to balance out the ticket. Baldwin, Dean, Franken, Patrick, or Warren would do.
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She should pick a solid liberal to balance out the ticket. Baldwin, Dean, Franken, Patrick, or Warren would do.
What is she too conservative on that other legitimate running mate possibilities aren't?
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2013, 03:08:59 pm »
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Hillary will play it safe. She isn't so conservative or liberal to need 'balance' nor (like Obama and Bush Jr.) does she have an experience gap that needs to be filled. Hillary isn't going to try for a 'game changer' so she will go with a male senator or governor. Someone like Cuomo, Warner, Kaine, maybe Patrick.

But in the end her VP wont make much of a dif.
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I voted Franken, Patrick, & Sebelius. I agree with Likely Voter that her VP won't make much of a difference; however the Republican nominee's VP choice will have an impact on the overall race in turn
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