As you’ve heard by now, Hillary Clinton has been saying that she would consider Obama to be her running mate on the presentational ticket.
Here was Obama’s reaction:
“Now first of all with all due respect, with all due respect. I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So I don’t’ know how someone in second place can offer the vice presidency to someone in first place. If I was in second place I could understand but I am in first place right now.
He referenced comments from Bill Clinton in 1992 that his “most important criteria” for vice president was that person must be ready to be commander in chief.
“I don’t understand. If I am not ready, why do you think I would be such a great vice president?” Obama asked the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation during his defense. “I don’t understand.”
“You can’t say he is not ready on day one, then you want him to be your vice president,” Obama continued. “I just want everybody to absolutely clear: I am not running for vice president. I am running to be president of the United States of America.”
Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s chief spokesman, said HRC would not pick a running mate who has not met the “national security threshold” — as Clinton’s military advisers and Wolfson put it on the call — but that it is possible Obama could meet that threshold by this summer’s Democratic convention.
This really seems like such as act of desperation on Hillary’s part to even suggest that 1) she would ask Obama, who is winning this election, to be her VP and 2) that there is a chance he wouldn’t make the National Security Threshold, like he’s some sort of Muslim spy.
Why would HRC have “military advisers” anyway? Where in the Constitution does it even say about running in-depth background checks on VP’s? The only constitutional rules are: “Thus, the vice president must be at least 35 years of age, have been born a citizen of the United States, and have been a resident of the U.S. for at least the 14 years preceding election. There is no restriction on the number of terms a person can serve as Vice President.”
Does the NSA get to Final QC who the president will be?