As Republicans hold their “Grand Old Party” out in Cleveland this week, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is finalizing plans for her own biggest decision of the cycle: Who she will choose to be her running mate in November.
Here are five of the people rumored to be on the former Secretary of State's list for vice president (in alphabetical order):
Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, is a young and charismatic politician who could be a real asset to Clinton with both the youth vote and minorities this fall.
A Clinton loyalist with political experience (he was previously mayor of Newark, the state's largest city), he is also a proven fundraiser with moderate ideology to boot.
What he lacks, however, is foreign policy experience — a skill set that despite being a former Secretary of State Clinton is rumored to want in spades on the ticket. The closest he has is being a member of the Senate Homeland Security committee.
Kaine, a two-term U.S. Senator from the swing state of Virginia, is currently considered to be Clinton's top pick for the veep spot.
“Her top criterion will be picking someone who is ready to be President.
A close second will be finding a partner who can serve as the last person-in-the-room adviser if she becomes President. Kaine fits the bill in both respects extremely well.”
Kaine is both a former DNC chair and governor of Virginia with rather strong opinions on gun control. He is also a longtime friend of the Clinton family, and is believed to have a good rapport with the former Secretary of State.
Putting him on the ticket, however, does put his Senate seat in jeopardy for future, as the Virginia GOP has a number of potential candidates who would likely be eager to jump at the opportunity to run for the seat.
Moreover, his moderate ideology also does little to help assuage the so-called “Bernie voters” looking for someone to balance out the ticket.
As noted above, Clinton really wants someone on the ticket who has foreign policy experience — hence the potential selection of former Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis.
A former supreme allied commander of NATO and of U.S. European Command, Stavridis oversaw military operations in the Middle East, the Balkans, and off the African Coast. He is also an academic, and currently serves as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
He does lack any actual political experience, however, which could hurt his chances of becoming the nominee, given that she wants someone who is “ready” to succeed her.
Like Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack brings with him both a long history in politics and deep ties to the Clintons, both qualities that have reportedly made him a frontrunner for the spot.
Prior to becoming the head of the USDA in 2009, Vilsack was a two-term governor of Iowa and an Iowa state senator. He also briefly ran for president in 2008, before dropping out and endorsing Clinton's failed bid that year.
Although Vilsack has limited national security experience, he did emerge as a fierce critic of the Iraq war during the Bush administration. His Iowa ties could also help secure the swing state, and potentially help keep some of its neighbors blue as well.
Talk of Warren being selected as Clinton's vice presidential candidate has died down in recent days, particularly after she was reportedly offered a primetime speaking slot on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Nonetheless, adding Warren to the ticket would help Clinton win over Sanders supporters still on the fence about the former Secretary of State.
She would also be of use when it comes to attacking GOP nominee Donald Trump; after all, he already has a nickname for her:
A Clinton source with knowledge of the situation told Independent Journal Review to expect an announcement on Friday or Saturday. She has rallies planned in the swing state of Florida on both days.