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Bill Nelson for veep?

25

April

Sen. Bill Nelson is among the names being floated by Hillary Clinton's campaign as a possible running mate.

Nelson appeared in a New York Times story that dropped a lot of names including, Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown, Deval Patrick, Tom Perez and Julian Castro.

From the story: "She knows that if she chooses a younger and ambitious vice president, she will have someone by her side who may be making calculations with an eye toward running for the presidency in 2024. The past two vice presidents, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney, were widely seen as devoted to their jobs; they appreciated and sought power, but given their ages, they were not determined to seek their bosses’ job in the future. Clinton, 68, likes that fact, Democrats say, and has to decide if she wants a rising star or a seasoned hand who is not interested in the presidency, like Bill Nelson, 73, a senator from another key state, Florida."

But with control of the Senate up for grabs in November, Democrats may not be keen to gamble on his seat. Nelson this morning told The Buzz: “It’s premature for me to comment.”

He has already announced he would seek re-election in 2018. Nelson in 2015 underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer and is said to be in very good health.

[Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2016 12:21pm]

    

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