Sen. Elizabeth Warren May Pick a Female Vice President

November 26, 2019 Updated: November 26, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the top female Democratic presidential candidate, said that she may pick another woman as a running mate but didn’t commit to the idea.

Warren, 70, was asked on the campaign trail in Altoona, Iowa whether she’d pick a female vice president.

“First, it would be entirely presumptuous of me to talk about running mates. I’m out here talking about why I’m running for president,” Warren said.

“But I gotta say—why wouldn’t I have a woman for a running mate?” she added later. “You’re thinking the right way. That’s a good one. Not saying it has to be.

No candidates have announced who they’d choose as their running mate but several have suggested women.

Former Vice President Joe Biden floated several names, including failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) while Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he’d definitely pick a female running mate.

“No matter what, I’m looking you in the eye and saying this: There will be a woman on the ticket,” he said.

Senator Maggie Hassan
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) at the Newseum TIME Presents: The Opioid Diaries With James Nachtwey in Washington on March 6, 2018. She was described by Joe Biden as a possible running mate. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for TIME)
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks to a crowd on the campaign trail in Columbia, South Carolina on Sept. 29, 2019. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“I don’t know if it’s in the vice president’s position or in the president’s position,” he added. “If have my way, there will be a woman on the ticket.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has also said she’d consider a female running mate if she wins the Democratic nomination.

Besides Warren and Harris, the women in the Democratic primary race are Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and author Marianne Williamson. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) dropped out in August.

President Donald Trump has said his vice presidential candidate will remain Vice President Mike Pence as he runs for re-election in 2020.

Warren was reportedly in touch with Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee, Florida mayor who lost his bid to become the state’s governor, earlier this year, but Warren’s campaign denied the reports.

During a radio interview in April, Warren said the gender of her running mate didn’t necessarily matter. “I’d put a woman on my ticket. I’d put a man on my ticket. What I want is somebody who’d be in the fight,” she said.

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