Will Elizabeth Warren Be Hillary Clinton's VP Pick? The Presumptive Nominee Has Started Her Search
Now that Democrats are a step closer to locking down their nominee with Hillary Clinton declaring her victory as the presumptive nominee on Tuesday night, the next step for the candidate is a pick for vice president. Some of the potential candidates for the job have been laid out over the last few days, and they include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But one name that has unsurprisingly made the list is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who would appeal to more liberal voters. So is there a chance that Warren would be Clinton's VP pick?
Warren has been vocal in the past months about how important it is for politicians to come together to stop GOP nominee Donald Trump from securing the position as commander in chief of the United States. She called on "decent people everywhere ... to say No More Donald" regardless of their party affiliation, and has made it her mission to keep him from ever stepping foot in the White House. So joining the Clinton ticket as the vice presidential pick would put her in a position to really spearhead that Anti-Trump mobilization, and also help to close the gap between Clinton and Sanders supporters. However, Warren isn't sure she's interested, and here's why.
While the Massachusetts senator endorsed Clinton Thursday evening, Democrats will not likely see Warren's name on the same ticket this fall, and there are a few reasons. One source told Reuters that Warren might be thinking about the difficulties of two women taking on Trump this fall and whether that would be in the best interest of the Democratic party.
Warren has also been a harsh critic of Wall Street and the oil industry, calling the latter "an industry that hopes to escape meaningful regulation." She has also made calls to "break up the big banks," and while Clinton has suggested reforming Wall Street, she has also accepted millions of dollars in donations from the financial sector that helped finance her campaign. While a Warren/Clinton ticket might look good for Clinton and help her build on her progressive voter support base, Warren isn't sure she's interested because it might not necessarily help the Massachusetts senator, who has prioritized reducing inequality in the United States and breaking up Wall Street.
Warren's politics are "more progressive" than Clinton's, and running with the presumptive Democratic nominee might not be the best option to further her own political agenda.