Here's who 'insiders' say Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will choose for a position in their cabinet

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As the march toward the general election continues, many presume Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have all but clinched their parties' respective nominations.

With that in mind, a survey produced by the policy consulting group WhiteBoard Advisors asked education policy leaders the following question:

"If she/he is elected President, who will Hillary Clinton's/Donald Trump's Secretary of Education be?"

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The resulting report notes the questions were answered by "insiders," including current and former White House, Department of Education, and Congressional staff members, as well as state education leaders.

For Clinton, Linda Darling-Hammond, an emeritus professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, is the top pick. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and Chris Edley, a former dean of the Berkeley School of Law and co-founder of the Opportunity Institute, were other contenders.

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Here's who 'insiders' say Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will choose for a position in their cabinet

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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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.  


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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For Trump, former presidential candidate Ben Carson is at the top of the list. Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Tony Bennett, Florida's former education commissioner, were other contending choices.

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