Tom Vilsack emerges as the favorite to be Clinton's VP

Tom Vilsack Is a Safe VP Pick, Which Is Probably a Plus for Clinton

Tom Vilsack might not be a household name, but according to the Washington Post he has recently emerged as the favorite to be Hillary Clinton's running mate.

If true, Vilsack isn't a bad choice at all. He was already vetted for the job by John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004; he's been a mayor, state senator and a governor, and he's currently the head of the U.S. Agriculture Department.

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He's been a Clinton-backer for years -- he endorsed her during her first run for president and they really seem to get along.

And just like another name expected to be at the top of Clinton's list -- Tim Kaine -- Vilsack is a safe choice for Clinton. Some may say both men are boring; but honestly they're probably boring in a good way.

Also on Clinton's vetting list is Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker and two other members of the Obama administration: Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.

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The first rule of being the second-in-command is do no harm. Vice presidential picks don't really change the election like they used to, since people tend to vote for or against the top of the ticket, but they can hurt a campaign.

Vilsack is likely someone who will stay on message. And for a campaign that is going to great lengths to dodge bad news this election season, that may be at the very top of Clinton's list.

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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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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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