WASHINGTON ― There’s no doubt that most of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) supporters like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown. Both Democratic senators, often named as potential vice presidential picks for Hillary Clinton, are progressive and have a strong track record on the economic issues they hold dear.
But increasingly, another name is popping up: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only sitting senator who endorsed Sanders for president.
“Bernie supporters, they would love it. He’s qualified something up and down,” said Larry Cohen, a senior adviser to Sanders who previously served as president of the Communications Workers of America.
“I was out on the campaign with him in Oregon and elsewhere, and he was amazing,” Cohen added. “He works incredibly hard. Modest ― all of the things we’d want in a vice president.”
Merkley’s name hasn’t been floated much in media reports about Clinton’s shortlist, and her campaign didn’t return a request for comment. Needless to say, he’s a long shot. But he’s still someone who Sanders supporters say would be a solid choice if Clinton wants to show she’s serious about bringing them into the fold for November.
“By bringing in the only sitting senator who endorsed Bernie onto the ticket, I think that that’s a strong way to signal to the political revolution that the Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton herself gets what the political revolution brings to the table,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the progressive group Democracy for America, which endorsed Sanders in the primary.
Hillary Clinton is considering U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing several people familiar with the process.
Warren, a leading progressive voice among Democrats, is among those Democratic presidential candidate Clinton is vetting for the vice presidential position, the newspaper reported. Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders is not, it added.
Sources told Reuters earlier this month that Warren, who represents Massachusetts, is considering the potential role.
Representatives for Clinton, Sanders and Warren did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the report.
Clinton is the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election, having won the last primary contest this week in the District of Columbia.
Although Clinton and Sanders met this week, the senator from Vermont does not plan to end his campaign or endorse Clinton in a video speech to supporters scheduled for later on Thursday, his spokesman said.