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Democrats see Clinton and Warren as dream team

A number of Democrats see a Clinton-Warren alliance as an all-woman dream team that could ignite deep enthusiasm in the progressive base and make the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket truly historic

Amie Parnes for The Hill reports: their alliance is also believed to eliminate the pro-Wall Street storyline that has haunted Clinton’s campaign throughout the primary season.

Democratic strategist and presidential campaign veteran Jamal Simmons said the longer Sanders stays in the race, the more likely Clinton will select Warren.

“I think so more every day,” he said. “[Warren] solves so many problems: enthusiasm, women, young liberals, older white liberals.”

Simmons sees the prospect of a Clinton-Warren ticket growing with Donald Trump as the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. Trump has used the gender card against Clinton repeatedly.

“Trump’s continued misogyny and rhetoric also increase the likelihood of selecting Warren,” Simmons said.

Although there are reasons to suppose that Clinton would never choose Warren, Clinton and her close team of advisers are said to be considering the idea as the campaign inches closer to the general election. Democratic consultants and other Clinton insiders have been informally asked about their thoughts on Warren, along with other possible vice presidential picks.

Clinton, those around her say, wants someone who will completely contrast to what Trump and his running mate will offer.

“It’s a wild idea, but look at this race,” Simmons said. “You can’t be too wild. People are not in the mood for even and consistent. People are in the mood for long shots. They want someone to disrupt the status quo.”

Instead of commenting on whether Clinton and Warren have interacted recently, Warren’s representative referred to her remarks about Trump: “Republicans waited way too long to stand up and tell the truth about Donald Trump’s record, his temperament, and why he is unfit to be president,” Warren said. “We can’t repeat that mistake.”

Considering Warren’s neutrality in the race between Clinton and Sanders, it is unlikely that Warren will come off the sidelines in the primary race until after the race is decided. Trump has taken aim at Warren, writing on Twitter last week, “I hope corrupt Hillary Clinton chooses goofy Elizabeth Warren as her running mate. I will defeat them both.”  In a separate tweet, he wrote, “Let’s properly check goofy Elizabeth Warren’s records to see if she is Native American. I say she’s a fraud.”

While there is a buzz about a Clinton-Warren ticket, not everyone thinks it would be a very good idea.

One former senior Obama administration official said Warren was a “royal pain in the ass in the White House” when she worked as an assistant to the president and special adviser to the secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A longtime adviser to Clinton pointed out that while Warren “would help in bringing the Sanders supporters back in the fold, it wouldn’t help in terms of attracting certain independents or moderate Republicans.”

Political observers say a Warren selection remains unlikely because of her star power and how she could ultimately undermine Clinton while others cast doubts over a two-woman ticket.

“I don’t think it would be a good strategic move for the Clinton campaign,” said Katherine Jellison, a professor of women’s history and chairperson in the department of history at Ohio University. “The traditional wisdom is that you want to balance the ticket, someone who balances out a region or a demographic.”

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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