The campaign team for Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says that they will consider rival Hillary Clinton to be Sanders’ running mate, assuming that he secures the Democrat nomination.
The statement was made by Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver in an interview.
When asked if Clinton was a “craven hypocrite”, Weaver responded that such a term was too harsh and that the Sanders would even consider Clinton for the position of Vice President, running alongside Sanders.
Clinton has long been accused of making political statements in order to appeal to the public. In the current election, she has been trying to appear to be more liberal than she has demonstrated in the past in order to better compete with Bernie Sanders.
Sanders and Clinton have had a fierce rivalry throughout this current election cycle. It would be surprising for either candidate to jump aboard the other’s campaign to serve as a running mate. Still, the comments made by Weaver raise some eyebrows.
Campaign strategist Tad Devine has complained about what he says are divisive attacks against Sanders from Clinton in the past.
Devine said, “We’d be very happy to have a straight-out debate on issues that matter to people and confine it to that. But if they’re going to have a campaign that attacks Bernie on gun safety and implies he engages in sexism, that’s unacceptable. We’re not going to stand for that. We’re not going to sit here and let her attack him. We’re going to have to talk about other things if they do that. If they’re going to engage in this kind of attack, they need to understand we’re not going to stand there and take it.”
The comments from Devine came last Saturday evening, during the Democratic Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa. At the dinner, Sanders made an attempt to distance himself from Clinton by saying that his rival was slow when it came to taking a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone Pipeline issue.