A majority of Democrats want a progressive as the vice-presidential nominee
Bernie Sanders leads with 36%, Elizabeth Warren in second place at 19%
Granted, it’s a poll from Rasmussen Reports, which isn’t exactly the most reputable pollster out there, but their poll of “likely Democratic voters” shows that Bernie Sanders, who is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is the preference of a plurality of Democrats for Hillary Clinton’s running mate, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in second place:
They may still be embroiled in a contentious primary race, but Democratic voters appear to want Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to run on the same presidential ticket later this year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that from a list of five potential vice presidential picks, 36% of Likely Democratic Voters think Sanders should be Clinton’s running mate. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren comes in a distant second with 19%, while 10% prefer Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Eight percent (8%) of Democrats think Clinton should tap New Jersey Senator Cory Booker for the VP spot, while just two percent (2%) say that of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley who dropped out of the 2016 Democratic presidential race in the early going. However, 12% of Democrats prefer some other candidate not listed, and 13% are undecided…
That’s a total of 55% of Democrats who want either Bernie or Warren, both of whom are to the ideological left of Hillary, to be Hillary’s running mate should she win the Democratic nomination. Bernie is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, while Warren has been a staunch critic of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in recent weeks.
I highly doubt that Hillary would seriously consider Bernie or Warren for the second slot on the Democratic ticket should she win the nomination, and Bernie or Warren is not my first preference for VP, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination. While both Bernie and Warren are great progressives, either of them would upstage the presidential nominee very quickly simply by being on the ticket as the vice-presidential candidate, if one of them were to be selected for VP. Also, if Bernie were to win the Democratic nomination, there’s about a 99% chance that he’d pick Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to be his running mate. If Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, she’s likely going to go with an establishment insider, such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), HUD Secretary Julian Castro, or Labor Secretary Tom Perez, with either Kaine or Castro being the most likely picks.
I’m probably the only person in the entire country who supports this, but I’d like to see Melissa Sargent, a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from Madison, Wisconsin, be picked as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. Granted, it’s been 120 years since a state legislator was elected vice-president, but Sargent would make a wonderful vice-president. She’s extremely trustworthy, which is very important for a position whose office-holder is one heartbeat away from the presidency. She’s very progressive, and represents a very progressive state legislative district in Wisconsin. She’s not the kind of person who would easily upstage the presidential nominee. She’s a brilliant op-ed writer (and one who is skilled at political messaging), so I believe that she would be able to withstand Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric that would be directed at her if she were to be picked as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. Also, there’s very little, if any, dirt that could be dug up about Sargent. I seriously doubt that Sargent would be picked for VP (although this is one presidential election where expecting the unexpected is the norm), but I think that she would be a great vice-presidential candidate.