In search for a running mate, Hillary Clinton recently told several candidates on her shortlist that she wanted someone with a background in national security.
The masses took to social media, wondering, if she can’t sell her experience as secretary of state, what is she selling?
Members from every side of the political spectrum voiced their confusion over Clinton’s statement — from Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer, to Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg, to members of the general public.
You mean being a former SecState & Armd Svcs Cmte member isn’t enough?
“Clinton Seeks Nat Sec VP”https://t.co/ClemYwsGuZ
— Joshua Sharf (@joshuasharf) July 20, 2016
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) July 20, 2016
Remarkable: despite having been secretary of state, Clinton still needs a VP to strengthen her nat sec bona fides https://t.co/v8IGsFSSK2
— Jacob Remes (@jacremes) July 20, 2016
And why does HRC need VP with nat’l security experienc? Clinton Is Said to Seek National Security Experience for VP https://t.co/RqVL9Zqfws
— Anna Greenberg (@Anna_Greenberg) July 20, 2016
Some also pointed out that her campaign against Bernie Sanders was fought on the basis of her experience as the secretary of state. One reason she was able to defeat Sanders is because she pandered to the same progressive agenda as he did, but brought more experience in national security and policy. Sanders supporters voiced frustration that Clinton is reverting to her old platform now that Sanders is out of the race.
Others further joked that this was one of the best idea Clinton has had so far.
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) July 20, 2016
It is expected that Clinton will roll out her vice-presidential pick at some this weekend. The names on Clinton’s current shortlist include Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Adm. James Stavridis.