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If asked

Can’t pass this one up. The Hill newspaper at D.C. asked all of the U.S. senators – all but the three running for president – what they would say if asked to join a ticket and run for vice president.

A few suggested that, sure, if asked, they’d probably do it, or at least give it serious thought. (Great answer from Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson: “I would not be so presumptuous as to think I’d even thought about that. And I’d have to talk to my wife. Hey, that’s an honest answer.” And it doubtless is.)

Senators Gordon Smith of Oregon and Mike Crapo of Idaho simply dismissed the prospect; Patty Murray of Washington said she would be “honored” but figure the prospect unlikely. Maria Cantwell of Washington: “Does that include any sports picks or anything like that? … I would certainly consider it.”

Ron Wyden of Oregon had a more involved answer: “I have a unique perspective on this. I am the only senator to have announced I am not running for president because there should be someone here to serve as the Senate’s designated driver. I intend to stay in that position. The Senate needs a designated driver to stay behind and work on healthcare.”

But first place for top answer goes to Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig (whose recent background surely needs no description here). Succinct: “I would say ‘No, Hillary.’ ”

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  1. […] Randy Stapilus at Ridenbaugh Press has a crack-up from The Hill: Asked what he would say to a vice presidential run, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig responded, “No, Hillary.” The Capitol Hill newspaper polled all of the Senate. Stapilus at Ridenbaugh. SHARETHIS.addEntry( { title: “Craig: No, Hillary!”, url: “http://www.paleomedia.org/2008/05/16/craig-no-hillary/” } ); … with the rest of the Web. […]

    May 16, 2008

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