Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has not yet decided on who to pick for possible vice presidential nominees. But Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator, is a name that has been popping up in association with the Clinton campaign. Is Booker being vetted to be the VP pick for Clinton?
The idea of Cory Booker being Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick is something the Senator himself will not confirm nor deny, but he seems to be suggesting that if people want answers, they should be looking to the Clinton campaign directly.
“I’m just referring questions about the vice presidency to the woman who is going to have to make this decision,” Booker said to CNN‘s Brianna Keilar. “You should talk to the Clinton campaign.”
Cory Booker apparently denied these claims last month in June. In fact, Booker specifically told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he is “not being vetted.” So, it looks as if he has gone from denying it to not willing to confirm nor deny.
“What I do know is that on the Democratic side, there are many fabulous candidates,” Booker continued, “people that could be really strong vice presidential candidates.”
The other list of Democratic candidates for Vice President include, of course, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Of this group, Warren would appear to be the most popular choice, but according to a recent CNN/ORC International poll, only 34 percent of Democratic voters would be okay with this. Fifty-four percent said Clinton should choose someone else, and 11 percent remained neutral.
Fifty-three percent of Democrats say they would be more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton if Senator Bernie Sanders was on the ticket as Vice President. There are some political analysts who claim that Clinton picking Warren as her VP pick would not really help her chances at beating presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It is possible that Clinton could gain more support from Democrats if she chose Cory Booker as the VP nominee.
However, there is a problem with Booker being chosen as the Vice Presidential nominee, for Democrats who live in New Jersey. The state’s governor is a Republican, Chris Christie — who was one of the several candidates for president this year. If Booker were to go to the White House, it’s very likely that his seat in the Senate would be replaced by a Republican, which many could see as a major setback.
“Look, as you know, Chris Christie and I — even though we’re in different parties, and I could write a long dissertation on our disagreements — when I was mayor of the largest city in the state and he was governor, we found ways to work together,” Booker said. “But, frankly, I don’t care who you put with Donald Trump. You’re not going to find a good partnership to lead this country.”
Whatever Hillary Clinton’s VP choice, it looks like Sanders would be a more popular choice than Elizabeth Warren, and it’s also possible that Cory Booker could be more popular than Warren.
Cory Booker has also commented on some speculating that Clinton could be indicted, due to the issue with the private email server at the State Department. In short, Booker does not believe it’s going to be a problem for Hillary.
“Well first of all that’s just not going to happen,” he says. “I think we’ve all seen a lot of the evidence and the facts here. E-mails have come out… Again, that to me is something that’s not even within the realm of possibility.”
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