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Monday, May 19, 2008

Hey, Senator, wanna be Veep?

The Hill asked all 97 senators who are not running for president the same question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”

Some senators laughed, but others took the question seriously. A story about these responses appears in the May 13 print edition of The Hill and at

Here's how our Senators answered:

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)
“If a candidate literally says, ‘You’re the person,’ I’d have to consider it, but I prefer to do what I’m doing.”
Could the interviewer see both of Feingold's hands when he answered the question? Because I bet his fingers were crossed.

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.)
“No. Never thought about it.”
Yes, but...

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)
“Are you kidding? Every senator would accept that offer. My guess is that almost every senator looks at themselves in the mirror in the morning and sees either a future president or vice president.”
Well, that's probably honest. So's this:

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah)
“Of course. Big house, big car, not much to do. Why not?”
Well, you have to sit in the Senate and listen to them drone on and on and on. But then, he's doing that already, isn't he?

This one's just weird:

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho)
“I would say ‘No, Hillary.’”
Funny, but geez. You'd think if there were one Senator they wouldn't bother asking, it would be him. Or at least you'd think Craig would answer with something like: "What, are you kidding? Don't you watch the news?"

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
“If I were asked, I would say, ‘You’re out of your mind.’ ”
That's what Craig should have said.