Reid says ‘Hell, no’ to VP pick from state with GOP governor
That’s because the Republican governor would get to pick the senator who replaces the Democrat.
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“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,” Reid told MSNBC, asked about the possibility of Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) or Sherrod Brown (Ohio) as being named Clinton’s No. 2.
Reid added that he would “yell and scream to stop that.”
Democrats are fighting to regain control of the Senate majority in elections. They’ll need a net gain of four seats to win back the chamber if they retain the White House and five seats to win it back outright.
Both Warren and Brown, as well as as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), are considered potential VP picks for Clinton and hail states with Republican governors. If they were picked and Clinton won the White House, they would need to step down.
That could pave the way for a GOP governor to temporarily appoint a Republican to fill the Senate seat, giving Democrats an extra hurdle to win back the majority.
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