A top adviser for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week revealed the billionaire real estate developer is unlikely to pick a woman — or a member of any minority group — to campaign as his running mate.
“In fact,” Paul Manafort said in a CNN interview, “that would be viewed as pandering, I think.”
Female politicos looking for a spot at the bottom of a presidential ticket in 2016 need not worry, though, as likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair recently said there is “no question” women will account for a significant portion of her potential running mate options.
“We’ll start with a broad list,” John Podesta said, “and then begin to narrow it.”
While Manafort expressed concern that such a move would be seen as pandering, Clinton — who has faced numerous allegations of pandering in the past — is apparently not concerned about the reception an all-female ticket might receive.
Several prominent Democrats — most frequently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — have been mentioned as possible picks. Others women, including former Arizona governor and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, have also gained support among voters.
Podesta provided no indication Clinton is close to selecting a running mate, however, and pundits continue to advance a number of high-ranking men in the party as potential choices. In any event, the former first lady has made it clear that gender will play at least some role in selecting those who would surround her as president.
Referring to gender equality, Clinton said in an interview a few weeks ago that “since we are a 50-50 country, [she] would aim to have a 50-50 Cabinet.”