Sanders said his vice-presidential candidate “will not be an old white guy”, but it’s not clear whether U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is in the running if the Vermont senator wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
Booker, who suspended his presidential bid in January after failing to qualify to two consecutive Democratic primary debates, falls to Sanders’ right, and his New Jersey roots would provide little value in many battleground states, though he would likely provide a strong showing as a surrogate.
There’s also another reason that may keep Booker out of the West Wing.
“It’s almost certainly going to be a woman,” Monmouth University Poll Director Patrick Murray said. “I find it very difficult to imagine that any Democratic ticket in this day and age would not have a woman on it. Now, it’s possible, but I think that’s what hurts him the most.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major-party presidential nomination in 2016.
Still, Murray said Booker should be interested in jumping onto a presidential ticket.
“Yea, I think so. He would be,” the pollster said. “Why wouldn’t anybody be interested in the VP spot?”
That all comes with a caveat. It’s not yet clear whether Sanders’ position as a frontrunner will hold through Super Tuesday, and Sanders has said he’s unsure who he’ll pick to be his number two.
“The problem is this is not polling where I can actually have a scientific sample of everybody,” Murray said. “This is the decision of one person, and you have to be able to get inside that one person’s head.”