Cory Booker Cagey About Vice Presidential Vetting By Clinton Campaign


Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Sunday reopened the door to speculation that he could be Hillary Clinton’s running mate when he appeared to back off his previous assertion that he is not being vetted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

“At this point, I’ve answered this question, talked about this,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m just referring questions about the vice presidency to the woman that’s going to have to make this decision. You should talk to the Hillary Clinton campaign. What I do know is that on the Democratic side, there are many fabulous candidates – people that could be really strong vice presidential candidates.”

Booker’s answer was less definitive than the one he offered to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in mid-June. At that time, he said, “It’s flattering and everything like that, but I’m not being vetted.”

CNN’s Brianna Keilar, filling in for Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” noticed the difference. “That is not a no, sir,” she responded. “That is not a no.”

“That is exactly what it is,” Booker replied. “It’s telling you if you have a question like that, please direct it to the Clinton campaign.”

Booker, 47 and a rising star in the Democratic Party, is seen as someone who could energize the campaign of one of the most familiar figures in American politics.

Keilar seemed to think Booker had revealed a bit more than perhaps he intended.

“I think I may have gotten the answer that I need from that, actually,” she said.

Keilar also asked about the vice presidential prospects of another New Jersey politician, Gov. Chris Christie, who is reportedly a contender to join the ticket of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“Look, as you know, Chris Christie and I – even though we’re in different parties, and I could write a long dissertation on our disagreements – when I was mayor of the largest city in the state and he was governor, we found ways to work together,” Booker said. “But, frankly, I don’t care who you put with Donald Trump. You’re not going to find a good partnership to lead this country.”

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Callum Borchers 



  1. Booker blinks at yireh. He is lazy.

    Sherrod Brown is the best bet. Make it him and we have experience, courage and worth.

    Hope she is with good liberty in her choice . More megalomaniacs like Elizabeth Warren or conglomerate gaming moods like Booker are boring and lazy. We have yet to see strong voices in America.

    Finish looking right. This campaign costs too much to jolt our fears with incompetence.

    History is hopeful for many who can sway the vote.

    Tolls must be paid.

  2. Booker is a typical backstabbing Democrat. He sold Israel down the river by signing on to the Iran “deal” after his Jewish constituents begged him not to. He did not represent his constituents then and he won’t represent his constituents in the future. He has no backbone and has proven to be a party hack and a yes-man to the Democrat party machine. Pheh.


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