In a move that would continue America’s 200-year-plus tradition of single-gender presidential tickets, Democratic-hopeful Hillary Clinton may ask a woman to be her running partner in the 2016 General Election, according to The Boston Globe.
While doing so may be a “far-fetched” idea, Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta told the Globe the former secretary of state is focused on choosing “the best person to make the case to the American people” rather than creating a traditional, exclusively male list of possibilities.
“We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question that there will be women on that list,” Podesta said.
Seeing as 50.8 percent of the U.S. population was female at the time of the 2010 Census, while only 49.2 percent was male, statistically speaking, it’d be just as far-fetched for her list of potential candidates to not include any women.
The Globe piece, and some prominent Democratic women leaders, failed to name any serious candidates for the role aside from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Warren, the only female Democratic senator who hasn’t endorsed Clinton and has continuously praised the efforts of Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders, has refused to make her views on the two candidates clear. While the senator has criticized Clinton for reversing her position on a bankruptcy bill that was backed by the credit card industry, Warren has also backed the Democratic front-runner’s op-ed on Wall Street reform.
“Men will fight to retain their dominance,” Jo Anne Simon, a member of the New York State Assembly who won’t be on the list, as both her and Clinton hail from New York, told the Globe. “They can’t handle one woman on the ticket; what makes you think they could handle two?”