Amy Klobuchar rumored possible pick for Clinton's vice president

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The Fix on Hillary Clinton's vice presidential picks

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chances of securing the Democratic nomination increase, so has reporting and speculation about the people she might be considering as her running mate.

The New York Times confirmed this weekend that she's already begun the all-important vetting process.

Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, sparked rumors about who might be on that list last week when he confirmed there was "no question that there will be women on that list."

A new crop of names emerged over the weekend, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Check out some of the other potential running mates Clinton's rumored to be considering:

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Amy Klobuchar rumored possible pick for Clinton's vice president

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Julian Castro

The former mayor of San Antonio and current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has been rumored as a possible running mate for Clinton for months, but in May he said in an interview that the Clinton campaign hasn't talked to him about the role.

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Amy Klobuchar

Insiders confirmed that Clinton is definitely considering a woman as her vice presidential pick, and as U.S. Senator from Minnesota, Klobuchar has a seat Democrats would likely maintain. She's also been described as "by far" the most popular politician in her state. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Hickenlooper called upon Republicans and Democrats to return to an era of civility and compromise in his address to the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-led House. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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Klobuchar is popular Democrat, described as "by far the best liked politician in the state" in a PPP survey released last year.

A Washington Post report suggested fellow U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire or former Homeland Security secretary and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano could also be on the list of women under consideration. Elizabeth Warren's name has been floated as well.

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But the latest speculation doesn't only include female politicians. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's name has also sprung up as a potential "short-list" candidate for Clinton. His counterpart from Virginia, Sen. Mark Warner, has been suggested as well.

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro continues to be considered the front-runner pick. As the Times report notes, "Several Democratic allies say that during the search, the campaign will have to reckon with Mrs. Clinton's high unfavorability numbers, which may create pressure to choose an inspiring figure like Julián Castro, the federal housing secretary, a rising star in the party."

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