Although Hillary Clinton has not yet declared herself a candidate for president, her supporters are already floating a racially diverse slate of possible running mates — a move that could ease criticism on the left that her potential Democratic campaign staff is too white and male.
Possible vice presidential candidates include: Sen. Cory Booker, the black former mayor of Newark, N.J.; Julian Castro, the Hispanic secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California whose father is black and mother is an Indian immigrant, Politico reported Monday.
However, two white candidates — Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado — dominate the "early speculation" on Politico’s list.
Clinton is already facing criticism from the left over the possible makeup of a campaign staff that some complain is stacked with too many white men in top positions.
The Daily Beast on Monday reported
that many top Democrats worry that "Clinton’s hires for the top echelons of her pre-campaign haven’t taken gender and racial diversity into account."
"Democrats need a leader that can bring together races and nationalities, especially now and especially to win," said Aimee Allison of PowerPAC, a Democratic group founded to build a "multiracial majority."
"That starts at the top of the campaign, and Hillary Clinton will need to demonstrate that level of commitment to set the right tone and strategy going forward," Allison added.
The Democrats who worry about diversity are concerned by the names of some of the top operatives expected to join Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Those white men and their possible positions are: John Podesta as campaign chairman; Robby Mook as campaign manager; Joel Benenson as chief strategist and pollster; and John Anzalone and David Binder, two other top Democratic pollster.
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