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Clinton To Consider Female Running Mate

| by Robert Fowler
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will have women included in her shortlist for a vice presidential pick.

Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, confirmed that, should the former secretary of state win the nomination, female politicians will be strongly considered for her general election ticket.

“We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it,” Podesta told the Boston Globe. “But there is no question there will be women on that list.”

Some Democrats have been doubtful that there would be a presidential ticket featuring two women, an unprecedented move that some fear could overstep the comfort zone of many voters.

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“Men will fight to retain their dominance,” said assemblymember Jo Anne Simon of New York. “They can’t handle one woman on the ticket; what makes you think they could handle two?”

Projecting who will become Clinton’s vice presidential pick would only be speculation this early in the 2016 presidential race, but several outlets have been happy to offer suggestions.

In a subsequent article, the Boston Globe speculated on which prominent female Democrats could be considered for a Clinton ticket.

On the top of the list is Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a figurehead of the party’s progressive wing who would hold enormous appeal for the voters who have flocked to Clinton’s primary rival, Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Warren has made her mark in Congress with her strong opposition to Wall Street and she remains the only female Democratic senator who has yet to endorse the former secretary of state. This could strike her off the list of suitable second-in-commands for the Clinton camp.

Other prominent Democrats listed are former Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Senior fellow John Hudak of the Brookings Institute and analyst Geoffrey Skelley of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics offered speculation of a potential Clinton running mate to ABC News.

The only woman they considered was Attorney General Kamala Harris of California, whom Hudak described as “obviously progressive, young, African American, and smart as hell.”

Hudak and Skelley also listed several male Democrats who have a reasonable chance of being tapped by the Clinton camp. Two are Obama appointees who are also Latino: Secretary Julian Castro of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

Others include Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

Bill Scher, a senior writer for progressive organization Campaign for America’s Future, devoted an entire piece in Politico Magazine touting Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota as an ideal running mate for Clinton.

Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer, joined Congress in 2008 and has surprised many by acquitting himself as a serious and busy politician. Scher pitched that Franken would appeal to the progressive wing of the Democratic party while also lending his famous wit to attack Clinton’s most likely general election rival, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The list of possible vice presidents for Clinton is long and varied. Now it is confirmed that, even if the former secretary of state ultimately chooses a man for the job, female Democrats will have been considered.

Sources: ABC NewsBoston Globe (2), Politico Magazine / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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