Clinton Doesn’t Rule Out Sanders as VP Pick

Says there's 'no way' she won't be Democratic nominee
By Steven Klett
Steven Klett
Steven Klett
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders her vice presidential running mate. 

“That’s something down the road,” she told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an exclusive interview from Park Ridge, Illinois, when asked if she would consider him as running mate.

However, Clinton dodged the question of whether or not putting Sanders on the ticket would unite the party.

“I won’t get into that,” she said, “what brings us together is Donald Trump. I think that’s what brings us together.”

She did, however, definitively say that she was the nominee for the Democratic party:

“I will be the nominee for my party, Chris,” she said, adding, “that is already done, in effect. There’s no way that I won’t be.”

She also said that it’s on Bernie Sanders to unite the party behind her. 

“He said the other day that he’ll do everything possible to defeat Donald Trump. He said he’d work seven days a week. I take him at his word,” Clinton said.

“I think the threat that Donald Trump poses is so dramatic to our country, to our democracy and our economy that I certainly expect Sen. Sanders to do what he said he would.”

This comes after a week of back and forth between the Sanders campaign and the Democratic party, following the chaotic Nevada State Convention on May 14 where there were reports of violence and death threats towards Nevada Democratic Party chairwoman Roberta Lange.

With the recent events, members of the Democratic party worry that the chaos will repeat itself at other state conventions and at the national convention in Philadelphia this summer. 

Choosing Sanders as a running mate would taking a step to ensure a peaceful convention, and also keep in line with most Democrats according to a recent poll. 

A Rasmussen Reports survey released May 17 said that most Democrats would like to see Sanders as the vice president, with 36 percent of the vote among possible VPs.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in second at 19 percent, followed by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro at 10 percent.

Eight percent said Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.), while 2 percent chose former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Twelve percent of Democrats prefer an unlisted candidate, while 13 percent are undecided. 

Steven Klett