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Sanders' Top Supporters Promoting Sen. Jeff Merkley as Clinton VP Pick

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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley. (AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 01:22 PM

Bernie Sanders' top supporters are floating the name of Sen. Jeff Merkley as a potential vice presidential pick for Hillary Clinton.

"Bernie supporters, they would love it. He's qualified something up and down," said Larry Cohen, a senior adviser to Sanders, according to The Huffington Post. "I was out on the campaign with him in Oregon and elsewhere, and he was amazing. He works incredibly hard. Modest — all of the things we'd want in a vice president."

Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, has been the only sitting senator who endorsed Sanders for president.

Democracy for America director Charles Chamberlain said adding Merkley to the ticket would be an effective way to bring Sanders' voters into the Clinton camp.

"I think that that's a strong way to signal to the political revolution that the Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton herself gets what the political revolution brings to the table," Chamberlain said.

Merkley supporters argue the senator has been vocal on economic issues such as his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In 2013, the Oregon lawmaker told the Post the Volker Rule, which bans Wall Street from speculating with taxpayer money, is one of his top achievements.

Merkley has an advantage over other vice presidential possibilities such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown: If he leaves the Senate due to the vice presidency, it's more likely that a Democrat would fill his position.

In Oregon, the seat is vacant until a special election. But in Ohio and Massachusetts, Republican governors get to choose their replacements if they leave their seats.

Merkley won re-election in Oregon with an economic populist message, which might reassure Sanders' supporters.

Campaign for America's Future co-founder Robert Borosage said Merkley is a veteran lawmaker who "passed a remarkable reform agenda" during his tenure in Oregon.

In May, Merkley told The Washington Post the Clinton campaign needs to "honor and respect" Sanders supporters and welcome them into the campaign.

Clinton needs someone who can "do no harm" as a vice president, according USA Today's Jill Lawrence. "The watchdog would have to be someone the Clintons respect and would heed — a confident, unabashed peer with clout and nerve."

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