Outspoken Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) weighed in on potential vice-presidential selections with an unusually irritable proclamation frontrunner Hillary Clinton should not choose any Democratic member of the Senate from states which are governed by a Republican.
Asked if Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) or Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would be suitable running mates on the Democratic ticket, the former-amateur-boxer-turned-Senate brawler replied:
“If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer is not only no, but hell no. I would do whatever I can, and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing.”
Both Warren and Brown are considered darlings of the progressive Left.
Neither Brown nor Warren have expressed any real interest in becoming Clinton’s running mate.
Brown, who has tacitly stated he is uninterested in becoming vice president, did reveal his specific concern of empowering Ohio Governor John Kasich to fill his seat while speculating a scenario where he was Clinton’s choice in an interview on MSNBC in early May.
Similarly, Warren has said she is pleased in her current job representing Massachusetts in the Senate.
At stake is eventual control of the upper chamber of Congress: Defending only 10 seats, the Democrats are plotting a strategy on re-taking the Senate and are confident in their chances.
One-term Illinois Republican, Mark Kirk, is particularly vulnerable, as is Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, who faces a challenge from Russ Feingold. Johnson defeated Feingold by a narrow margin in 2010.