Potential Clinton running mates

The decision is all but done on the Democratic side of the primary. Barring something unprecedented happening, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. With that decision out of the way, the Clinton campaign can begin looking at the potential vice presidential picks.

From The New York times via MSN:

Among the names under discussion by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Clinton and campaign advisers: Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, former governors from the key state of Virginia; Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who represents both a more liberal wing of the party and a swing state; former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, a prominent African-American Democrat; and Thomas E. Perez, President Obama’s labor secretary and a Hispanic civil rights lawyer.

The article also states that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is also a possibility.

I highly doubt that this is an inclusive list. There are also names on this list that seem less probable running mates than others. Still, it is a good place to start.

Hillary Clinton sets the pace in fundraising

Hillary Clinton has set the pace for first quarter fundraising. She has out raised the previous winner, President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s haul from her campaign’s launch in mid-April through June 30 is a record for primary money raised in a candidate’s first quarter. President Barack Obama held the previous record, raising $41.9 million after launching his re-election bid.

Money is a big obstacle to overcome. It not only takes money to get your message across to the public, it takes money before many potential supporters will consider you a serious candidate.

Looking only at fundraising, it looks like there is currently very little competition against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

The other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, meanwhile, will likely have fundraising totals that are dwarfed by Clinton’s. Senator Bernie Sanders said he had attracted 200,000 donors as of mid-June and his campaign had raised $8.3 million online through June 17, according to FEC filings by ActBlue, the fundraising platform that he and some other left-leaning candidates and causes use. Another candidate for the Democratic nomination, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who launched his bid in late May, raised $331,000 on ActBlue through mid-June.

If Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley don’t manage to up their fundraising totals, the question won’t be about who the Democratic nominee is, the question will be whether the other Democratic candidates can move Mrs. Clinton’s position further to the left.

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-01/hillary-clinton-raises-45-million-in-first-quarter-of-campaign

Can Bernie Sanders win the Democratic nomination?

There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination is a long shot. His primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, is both well know and well funded.

Sanders has the classic chicken and egg problem. In order to get enough funding, he needs to get a large amount of supporters. But in order to get a large amount of supporters, he needs to get enough funding. The good news is that it looks like he might get enough supporters to attract some attention.

Sanders packed the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, filling its 10,000 seats to show his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t a longshot.

“Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” the white-haired Sanders said at a podium positioned between Wisconsin and United States flags at the outset of his hourlong speech before a boisterous crowd. “Tonight we have more people at any meeting for a candidate of president of the United States than any other candidate.”

I can only hope that his stances on the various issues is what is attracting the grassroots support.

Sanders has built his underdog campaign to succeed President Barack Obama on blunt talk about the economy. In addition to advocating a $15-an-hour minimum wage and raising taxes on the rich, he also supports a massive government-led jobs program to fix roads and bridges, a single-payer health care system, an expansion of social security benefits and debt-free college.

We’ll have to wait and see how the fundraising goes before we can determine just how much of a chance Bernie Sanders actually has at winning the Democratic nomination.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/02/bernie-sanders-draws-crowd-of-10000-at-wisconsin-rally