Sen. Al Franken says he'd accept the job as Clinton's VP

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Sen. Al Franken Says He'd Accept the Job as Clinton's VP

U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he'd accept the job as Hillary Clinton's vice president, except she's probably not asking him.

Franken told the Associated Press, "If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, 'Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,' I would say yes, but I'm very happy in the job that I have right now."

The second-term senator and former comedian is a supporter of Clinton's campaign, but he's not being vetted as a possible VP pick.

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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.  


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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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is on the short list, as is Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, but Castro has already said he doesn't want the job.

The vetting process is extensive. The Bipartisan Policy Center released advice for the 2016 presidential candidates, recommending allowing at least eight weeks for the process to be completed.

Another recommendation is getting to know the candidates on a personal level, and CNN reports Clinton has not started interviewing potential running mates. But Clinton has been clear about one specific trait she's looking for in a vice presidential candidate.

"I want to be sure that whoever I pick could be president immediately, if something were to happen. That's the most important qualification," Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The Democratic National Convention starts July 25, and Clinton has said she will announce her running mate before the convention kicks off.

But if she's playing the politics game the way Barack Obama did, we'll still be waiting a couple weeks. Obama announced Joe Biden as his pick just two days before the 2008 convention.

This video includes clips from C-SPAN and Hillary for America and images from Getty Images.

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