Sen. Minority Leader, Harry Reid on Monday told MSNBC he would do whatever he could to prevent a vice presidential candidate from any state with a sitting Republican Governor. As to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, his answer would be “Hell no.”(remarks at 3:46) Video Courtesy MSNBC/Youtube
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid told MSNBC‘s Joy Ann Reid that he would do whatever he could to prevent a Vice Presidential candidate from a state where there was a sitting Republican governor, including Massachusetts and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. When asked if it was wise to pull a seated U.S. Democratic senator from the body at a time when the party was seeking to regain power, Reid was adamant that he would fight to prevent losing a Senate seat to the GOP.
“If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer’s not only know, but ‘Hell no.'” – U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Minority Leader
And I would do whatever I can and most of my Democratic colleagues would say the same thing,” Reid said. “We saw what happened in Texas when Lloyd Bentsen became Secretary of Treasury. We have never recovered from that. If we had not gone along with that, we could still have a Democratic senator from Texas.”
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Progressive and union sweetheart, has been floated as a Vice Presidential for both former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. She was also rumored to be a strong candidate as VP for a potential run by Vice President Joe Biden. A thorn in the side to Wall Street lobbies and establishment mainstays, Warren, the junior senator in the Massachusetts Commonwealth works alongside Gov. Charlie Baker who holds the title of most popular governor in the United States.
A Republican known for his keen ability to work across the aisle and successfully navigate partisan politics, Baker would be in a position to appoint a GOP senator, should Warren move onto a successful ticket as Vice President. Reid and the party are hoping to not only retain a Democratic presidency, but take back the Senate in a strong down-ballot push. Warren who has not openly endorsed either Democratic candidate for President has a platform that aligns more closely with Sanders, denouncing Wall Street and Big Bank strongholds on the middle class. In March Warren said that she was “still cheering Bernie on” in his bid for President.
Also noted as a potential VP was U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Brown was mentioned as a short list candidate for Clinton and shares his home state with former Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Both Kasich and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman have been mentioned as potential running mates for GOP presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. A swing state, any move by one of these potential Buckeye candidates has strong down ballot indications.
Reid also said that he considered Trump to be a flawed candidate and considered Republican electoral support for the New York real estate mogul turned reality TV star, to be a scary thing. Reid said in 50 years of public service, he had not seen anything near the exploits of the Trump candidacy.
“Never. He’s the worst,” Reid said. “Never. There’s no way with a little bit of scrutiny, that Donald Trump can succeed at anything.”
This post originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 24, 2016.