Is it a sign of things to come — an all-women dream team?
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will campaign with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Monday, but The New York Times is throwing cold water on the possibility of a Clinton-Warren ticket with a fairly comprehensive list of reasons why the two are unlikely to become running mates.
According to Democratic sources, Warren had a secret meeting last week in Washington D.C. with the lawyer leading the Clinton campaign’s vetting of potential vice-presidential candidates, and her inclusion on a Clinton ticket could certainly placate liberal supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Times, however, has compiled a laundry list of impediments to Warren’s selection, from personal chemistry between the two women to ideological clashes.
Although the two have been putting on a show of solidarity in recent days, Warren was highly critical of Clinton in her 2004 book (co-authored with her daughter) The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke, in which she highlighted Clinton’s close ties to Wall Street and harped on her allegedly unpleasant manner with staff. And it is believed by some that Warren’s own widespread popularity could cast a long shadow.
Nor would Warren deliver any advantage as a running mate in terms of diversity — as neither woman represents the demographics needed by the Democrats in November: white males; Latinos; blacks and young voters.
It’s also argued that Warren’s targeting of concentrated wealth would not wash well with the former Republican sympathizers currently abandoning Trump for the Democrats. In a tip to Warren’s arguably more inclusive politics, however, the Clinton campaign is billing the Ohio appearance as an opportunity for “Clinton and Warren [to] discuss their shared commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”