Clinton vetting former Navy Admiral as vice presidential nominee

Hillary Clinton campaign sources revealed Tuesday that the former Secretary of State is vetting retired four-star Navy Admiral James Stavridis for vice-president on the 2016 Democratic ticket.

Stavridis worked with Clinton during the former First Lady’s tenure as Secretary of State while serving as supreme allied commander of NATO.

Currently dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft’s University in Massachusetts, the Admiral also served as assistant to President Clinton’s Navy secretary, Richard Danzig, and was senior assistant to President George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, in the mid-2000s.

Although Stavridis sports a sterling resume, his foreign policy vision is one of more U.S. engagement around the world, a doctrine that has fallen out of favor with the American electorate over the past decade after the failures in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

Despite the obvious public relations benefit of having an ex-military leader on the Democratic short list, especially after rumors swirled last week that Donald Trump was considering retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to be his running mate, Stavridis is lauded by both fellow military personnel and academic-types.

“I regard (Stavridis) as one of the most talented and admirable people I know,” former Navy secretary Danzig said in a statement. “Alongside impressive achievements as a warrior and diplomat in Asia, South America and Europe, he has reflectively and shown his patriotism and generosity by counseling — and inspiring — generations of naval officers.”

President of the non-partisan, public policy think tank New America and international lawyer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, hailed the Admiral as a “soldier scholar,” noting that “he combines strategic ability with leadership ability.”

Others rumored to be on Clinton’s shortlist includes Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine, although the campaign has neither confirmed or denied speculation.

In related news, on Wednesday evening presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he will announce his running mate on Friday at 11 a.m. EST in New York City.

It is widely believed Trump will select one of three candidates: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, or former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich — the latter two being favored.

 

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