Clinton campaign eyes Nelson for Vice President?

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Confident of her ability to win the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has begun assembling a list of potential running mates, with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson emerging as a prospect.

The inclusion of the third-term senator in the campaign’s thinking is striking, given the desire of many Democratic strategists to balance Clinton’s age and race with a younger, possibly minority, running mate. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are among the vice presidential contenders the campaign is said to be considering.

The 73-year-old Nelson, who has been in Florida politics for more than four decades and has maintained a low profile in the Senate, would seem the antithesis of the type of candidate Clinton’s advisers have been looking for. However, he represents Florida, a swing state generally seen as a must-win for Republicans. His selection as Clinton’s number two could help her showing here.

And while Nelson’s age might not serve to motivate young voters, it is also an implicit indication that Nelson isn’t himself eyeing a presidential bid in 2024 and thus wouldn’t upstage Clinton, something that can’t be said of the younger prospects.

"He would be a perfect ‘stand right behind me’ person," said Democratic consultant Gary Yordon. "Bill is never really out front on things. I mean, he’s not shy; Bill’s been very definite about the things that are important to him for Floridians. But, if you want Biden-lite, Bill’s your guy."

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 25, 2016 |

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