Clinton talks up VP possibilities

Hillary Clinton is offering few hints about whom she will select as her running mate ahead of next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

During an interview with journalist Charlie Rose, the presumptive Democratic nominee responded to Rose’s comment about Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who has self-deprecatingly said he is “too boring.”

“And I love that about him,” Clinton said with a laugh. “I mean … he’s never lost an election.”

Clinton went on to praise Kaine as a “world-class mayor, governor and senator” and “one of the most highly respected senators I know.”

The former secretary of state called Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, one of three VP contenders who met with Clinton at her Washington, D.C., home last Friday, “first class.” Clinton also met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after campaigning with Kaine in Virginia last Thursday.

Clinton would not confirm whether Kaine and Hickenlooper are being vetted, while noting a “great and high regard” for both men.

“If none of these are on the list, you’ll certainly tell me,” Rose laughed, before asking about Warren.

Warren is “amazing,” Clinton said, remarking upon the freshman senator’s work, while adding that she would not categorize any of the names mentioned.

“These are people that you have allegedly vetted,” Rose said.

Clinton laughed, “Well, that I’ve allegedly, yes, vetted. Yes.”

Rose also mentioned reports that the campaign is vetting Adm. James Stavridis, a man Clinton called “exceptional” and “very impressive.”

“And who haven’t I mentioned?” Rose asked.

“Well, I’m not gonna tell you. But there are a lotta good folks out there,” Clinton said. “And they bring so many talents and strengths — to this choice, which is why, as I say, I am blessed with — a broad group of people to choose from.”

 

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