Is Elizabeth Warren At The Democratic National Convention? She's Making A Big Appearance
By this weekend, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her official pick for Vice President via text or email. One person who was speculated to be on the short list but probably won't make the cut? Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. On Thursday morning, Warren was added to the DNC's updated list of speakers. It's one of the signs she might not make it to the VP finish line.
Sen. Warren wasn't on the initial list of speakers at the DNC Convention that will take place Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28, and some thought that could be a sign that the Clinton camp was holding out in order to take Warren on as her second-in-command. Instead, names like President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden, former President Clinton, the group Mothers of the Movement, Chelsea Clinton, and United We Dream activist Astrid Silva were the first to be announced by the committee.
Now, an updated list released on Thursday includes Warren and more heavy-hitting Dems like New York Senator Chuck Schumer who has famously been making the rounds and gained some notable traction for gun control reform with his famous cousin Amy Schumer. Also included in the update: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who were among the others speculated to be in the running for Clinton's VP.
Warren is a media favorite and has gotten oodles of attention for going after Trump, consistently labeling him as a "bully" on Twitter and peppering the platform with other quotable mentions like, "your racism, sexism & xenophobia doesn't drive me nuts. It makes me sick. And I'm not alone," and "There's more enthusiasm for @realDonaldTrump among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls." The Massachusetts senator has also gained traction as a speculated VP pick after hitting the campaign trail with Clinton.
So why is it reasonable to assume that she won't be named in the much-anticipated VP email expected to come from Clinton later today? Just the fact that she's on the updated speaker list isn't the only thing that's likely putting the proverbial nail in the coffin. On Thursday night in a pre-recorded bit on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert asked Warren if he could announce her as Clinton's VP since "that would be a huge thing for [him] to announce on the show." But in their playful report, Warren quipped back, "I think I would know it by now, so probably not."
Of course, there has been has been a ton of speculation about who the VP pick will ultimately be with names like Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in the mix. Recently, though, most bets are landing on Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. He's been bouncing around the echo chamber as a favorite of late, especially because of his solid reputation in the battleground state. Not to mention, as The New York Times reports, Kaine is former president Bill Clinton's first choice for the position.