Clinton needs Senator Cory Booker as running mate

Clinton needs Senator Cory Booker as running mate

by -
0 11265

Hillary Clinton needs the African American vote and can win that with a African American running mate. She needs Corey Booker

By Вени Марковски - Own work, CC BY 3.0,
By Вени Марковски - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 — With Hillary Clinton expected to become the Democratic presidential nominee, speculation is rising about whom she will pick as a running mate. She needs a running mate who will stand out, is loved by the Democratic Party, and who can help distance her from Donald Trump.

 Why are Black voters Hillary’s firewall against Bernie?

Several names have surfaced, including Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Julian Castro and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

There is a better choice. To recognize the importance of the African-American vote and to expand her reach, Clinton should pick New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Booker has executive experience in New Jersey’s largest city, and is extremely popular. More importantly, he could help Clinton cement the African-American vote.

While any Democratic candidate in a presidential election can count on the support of 85 percent of black voters, those voters don’t always come out to the polls. It is the number who show up, not the level of their support for the Democratic nominee, that should be of concern to Clinton. African-Americans have a history of lower turnouts than white Democratic constituencies, and they often need a push to get them to cast ballots.

The African-American vote was critical to President Obama’s victory in the last election. According to Amy Walter and David Wasserman in the “Cook Political Report,” the black vote accounted for Obama’s entire margin of victory in seven states and netted him 112 electoral votes.

“Loose Cannon” Trump and “Crooked Hillary” go to war  

Without those states, Obama would have lost decisively.

Getting black voters to turn out to vote in November is essential for Clinton. An African-American running mate would help ensure large turnouts in key voting groups, and that would lock up the race. Latinos are already likely to turn out for Clinton, as Trump’s harsh immigration stance is driving Latinos to her camp and energizing the ones who are there.

The key for Clinton is not only winning the black vote, but also motivating African-Americans to get out and vote. A Clinton-Booker collaboration may be just the ticket.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2016 Communities Digital News

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.