Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid Monday shot down the prospect of a Democratic senator from a state with a Republican governor being chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, saying “hell no” to the idea.
“Do you think it’s wise to even consider pulling somebody like a Sherrod Brown or a Elizabeth Warren out of the United States Senate at a time when Democrats are trying to win the body back,” MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid, no known relation, asked the senator.
“If we have a Republican governor in any of the states the answer is not only no, but hell no,” Reid replied. “I would do whatever I can and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing.”
Brown and Warren are not the only senators from states with Republican governors being considered for the VP slot — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is also a possible choice.
Reid pointed to the example of Lloyd Bentsen leaving his Texas U.S. Senate seat to serve as secretary of Treasury as something he would like to avoid.
“Had we not gone along with that we could still have a Democratic senator from Texas,” Reid said.
“I would yell and scream to stop that,” the Senate minority leader added.