July 03, 2016
United States Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey offered a telling response on whether he is a possible choice to be Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate.
Booker appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" in a segment that aired Sunday.
Host Brianna Keilar asked Booker about Clinton's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over her private email server, the recent terrorist attack in Bangladesh and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie being a potential Republican Vice President pick.
Booker was forthright in his answers, downplaying the impact of the interview between Clinton and the FBI, explaining his views on how Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would combat terrorism, and dismissing the potential benefits Christie would bring to the Trump campaign.
However, the interview took an unexpected turn when the CNN host inquired about Booker providing personal documents to be vetted by the Clinton campaign.
Booker was noncommittal:
Booker: "I'm just referring questions about the vice presidency to the woman who is going to have to make this decision. You should talk to the Hillary Clinton campaign. What I do know is that on the Democratic side there are many fabulous candidates..."
Keilar: "That is not a no, sir. That is not a no."
Booker: "That is exactly what it is. If you have a question like that, please direct it to the Clinton campaign."
In recent weeks, Booker had denied he was being vetted.
If Booker does manage to be elected as vice president, Christie would pick Booker's replacement. That possibility would lower the odds of the Democrats securing a majority in the Senate in this election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.