Who Would Hillary’s Vice President Be?

If Hillary were to get the Democratic nomination — and that’s still a big “if” at this point — who would her vice-presidential nominee be?

Here are some thoughts on some of the choices she may take a look at:

Bill Clinton: There was some talk early on about whether Bill could run as Hill’s veep. He has said it’s not going to happen and given that it would quickly turn into a court litigated circus, it seems extremely unlikely that she would go this way.

Congressman Dick Gephardt, Missouri, Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio, and Senator Bill Nelson, Florida might be candidates Hillary would choose to try to pull in a particular state.

Bob Kerrey: He has a military background, a moderate reputation, and is generally well respected. Even though he couldn’t carry Nebraska for Clinton, he has the stature to merit consideration.

Evan Bayh: A Democratic senator from Indiana with a moderate reputation. He could be a solid alternative if Hillary wants to go with a reassuring, moderate, white candidate.

John Edwards: He polls better in head-to-head match-ups than any of the other Democrats, he can talk, and he does very well with the netroots. On the other hand, he didn’t add anything to the Democratic ticket in 2004. So, after he has already failed once, why give him another shot?

Wesley Clark: He’s a former general who does okay with the netroots and has ties to the Clintons. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got serious consideration because Hillary will be worried that she won’t be taken seriously on national security. If that is a worry for her, who better to shore her up in that area than a former general?

Barack Obama: He has some charisma, seems to generate genuine excitement, and can definitely raise money — but, he also could overshadow Hillary and may not add much to her campaign. After all, he is just as liberal as she is and she’s already going to carry Illinois and 90% of the black vote.

Plus, some people think that having a woman running for President and a black man in the veep slot could be too much change for the public. In other words, if Hillary’s the President, she’ll want to assure the public there aren’t going to be any radical shifts by having a reassuring, familiar, vanilla veep.

Mark Warner: The former governor is extremely popular in Virginia, has a reputation as a moderate, and “speaks Southern.” That would make him an excellent “balance” to Hillary, who is very liberal and from “New Yawk.” On the downside, Warner has a good chance to pick-up John Warner’s Senate seat in Va. If he runs as veep, the seat probably stays in GOP hands.

Bill Richardson: Although he has steered wildly off the left during the primaries, he still has a reputation as being a moderate. Moreover, he would be the first Hispanic veep, has managed to work his way into 4th in the Democratic primaries, and has ties to the first Clinton Administration. All in all, you’d have to think that he would merit serious consideration — if the Clinton team doesn’t buy into the “too much change” line of thinking.

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