April 5, 2004: Headlines: Election2004 - Kerry: Peace Corps Director - Gearan: Politics: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Full Story: Former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan says with an impressive stable of potential running mates, Kerry doesn’t need to bring on Clinton

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Full Story: Former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan says with an impressive stable of potential running mates, Kerry doesn’t need to bring on Clinton

Full Story: Former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan says with an impressive stable of potential running mates, Kerry doesn’t need to bring on Clinton

Full Story: Former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan says with an impressive stable of potential running mates, Kerry doesn’t need to bring on Clinton

Kerry-Clinton ticket debated

Despite hopes of supporters, a Clinton vice presidency unlikely.

By Joseph Spector
Staff writer

(April 5, 2004) — Esme Taylor really hoped that Sen. Hillary Clinton would run for president this year.

But since that didn’t happen, Taylor has another goal: Recruit Clinton for vice president.

”She has everything to gain and nothing to lose,” said Taylor, 69, a California woman who runs a pro-Clinton Web site, www.hillary.org, now labeled “Hillary — Vice President 2004.”

While New York’s junior senator remains on the short list of potential Democratic vice presidential candidates for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, political strategists say it’s unlikely she’ll be picked — no matter how much some people want her to be.

Others suggest that if Clinton doesn’t get on the ticket this year and Kerry wins, it could take a decade or longer for Clinton to get a chance at the White House, which most believe is her long-term goal.

If Kerry beats President Bush and Clinton is not on the ticket, “she will probably never be president of the United States,” said Dick Morris, an adviser to former President Bill Clinton for 20 years, in a recent column.

Still, there’s growing consensus, even among some local supporters, that Hillary Clinton would be a polarizing vice presidential nominee and thus jeopardize Kerry’s campaign despite her national stature.

”I think it would be great, but I have to be realistic because in my mind the main thing is to get rid of George Bush,” said Sue Gerling, a local Democratic activist who helped Clinton during her Senate campaign in 2000.

”And just the way some people are, it might create a problem for Kerry.”

Other political strategists agree.

”She’d make the blue state bluer and the red states redder,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “She’s a polarizer.”

With an impressive stable of potential running mates, Kerry doesn’t need to bring on Clinton, said Mark Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, who served as White House deputy chief of staff and director of communications under Bill Clinton.

Gearan said Kerry probably would look elsewhere and avoid having two Northeastern senators on the ticket. And he’s not sure that Clinton would want the job, reiterating her position that she’s focused on re-election in 2006.

Other vice presidential possibilities include retired Gen. Wesley Clark, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt — all of whom ran against Kerry for the party’s nomination — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Florida Sen. Bob Graham.

Clinton, at least publicly, says Kerry won’t tap her for the job.

”That’s not going to happen,” Clinton said during a recent visit to Rochester, before a reporter’s question on the topic was cut off by her aide. “I’ve already said that I’m very happy being the senator from New York.”

Kerry will divulge neither the direction he’s headed nor the criteria for his selection. After becoming the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, he named Washington businessman Jim Johnson, a longtime friend and former aide for Vice President Walter Mondale, to lead the selection process.

”We are not commenting on the vice presidential process or who is being considered,” said Stephanie Cutter, Kerry’s chief spokeswoman.

Cutter added, “But Hillary Clinton has been an enormous national leader on so many issues and a very valuable senator for the people of New York.”

Clinton, who didn’t endorse a candidate in the Democratic caucuses and primaries, has stepped up help for Kerry. The Clintons last month led an Internet-based drive to raise $10million for Kerry, and they’ve hit the money trail for him.

But Clinton’s fund-raising abilities, although helpful now, won’t be much use if she’s the vice presidential candidate. After the Democratic National Democratic Convention in late July, candidates rely on federal money for their campaigns.

And traditionally presidential candidates pick their running mates in the weeks leading up to the convention to get a bump before the event.

Republicans, meanwhile, hope they’ll see Clinton making the acceptance speech as Kerry’s vice presidential candidate. GOP operatives said Clinton would just add emphasis to their contention that Kerry is a tax-and-spend liberal.

Clinton is “just such a risky choice,” said Glen Bolger, a GOP strategist in Washington, D.C. Kerry is “not going to take that kind of chance.”

JSPECTOR@DemocratandChronicle.com




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