Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) stressed the diversity of the Democratic presidential field Tuesday night, adding that while he does not want to “box himself in” so far away from Election Day, he would be “looking at women first” as a running mate should he become his party’s presidential nominee.
“We have such a great field of leaders, I think you’ll rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity,” Booker told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “It’s something we should have. I’m not going to box myself in, but should I come to it, you know I’ll be looking to women first.”
Booker himself was reportedly near the top of Hillary Clinton’s short list for a running mate in 2016. He characterized the growing list of announced Democratic presidential candidates, which includes four of his Senate colleagues already, as a “abundance of riches” for the party.
If Booker were to win the nomination and choose a female running mate, it would be the fourth time a woman was a part of a major party’s presidential ticket. Besides presidential nominee Clinton in 2016, New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1984, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008. Women also have been nominees on third-party tickets.
As of right now, there are five women running in the Democratic presidential primary — more than in any presidential primary election in history: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
“I hope whoever wins, we all support,” Booker said. “It’s very important to me that we have full support of whoever that nominee is.”
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