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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sens. laugh off, ponder, downplay veep chances

The Hill

More than 20 senators say they would seriously consider an offer to be No. 2 on their party’s presidential ticket, while others claim to have little to no interest, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.

Over the past month, The Hill asked all 97 senators not running for president the same question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the vice presidential nominee?”

Nine senators responded that they would undoubtedly accept an offer to be their party’s vice presidential nominee while 12 others indicated they would mull it over.

Senators are always in the mix of vice presidential chatter and this year is no exception, even though members of the upper chamber will be at the top of the Republican and Democratic tickets this fall.

Some of the senators who have been mentioned as vice presidential material downplayed their chances.

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