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Running mate for Clinton offers historic choice

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Senator Elizabeth Warren, arrives to speak at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati. Warren is being considered as a vice presidential pick for Clinton.

BOSTON (AP):

As Hillary Clinton weighs possible running mates, Elizabeth Warren offers a historic choice.

Warren's got all the fire any Democratic presidential candidate would want in a 2016 running mate. She's gleefully taunts Donald Trump and she's a dogged campaigner and enthusiastic ambassador to the party's sceptical liberal base of supporters.

On the Democratic ticket with Clinton, Warren would also be a bridge to supporters of former rival Bernie Sanders and a second fist through the glass ceiling to the highest offices in the land. Clinton got there first as the lone woman ever to capture a major party's presidential nomination in the United States.

 

ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN

 

Two accomplished women on the ticket - which would be a first for any major party - is a prospect that ignited cheers and excitement when the pair clasped hands and raised them high overhead in a campaign appearance in Michigan last month.

Clinton called Warren a "friend" and a "great leader." Warren, like Clinton a law school graduate, praised the presumptive presidential nominee for "fighting for the people who need her the most" and for having a "good heart".

Warren has since been asked to deliver a speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

The campaign rally was a triumphant end to a long journey, during which relations between the two were not always cosy.

Warren once faulted Clinton for supporting a 2001 overhaul of the nation's bankruptcy system that Warren said favoured Wall Street.

In her 2003 book The Two-Income Trap, Warren - then a Harvard Law School professor - said that while Clinton had been willing to fight for her beliefs while serving as first lady, as a New York senator "it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position".

 

CAMPAIGN MONEY

 

"Campaigns cost money, and that money wasn't coming from families in financial trouble," wrote Warren, who has described herself as coming from "the ragged edge of the middle class".

There are other concerns.

Backers of the 67-year-old Warren worry that as a vice-presidential candidate, she'd have to tamp down some of her more fiery edges, particularly when going after Wall Street and big banks. Then there's Republican candidate Donald Trump's nicknames for her 'Pocahontas' and 'the Indian', references to Warren's claim of Native American ancestry.