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Thomas Perez still in the running for Clinton VP

CLEVELAND – Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez remains in the running to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate on the Democratic ticket – and the Snyder native may be one of the finalists.

The Washington Post Wednesday reported that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appear to be Clinton’s top two candidates.

“Two Democrats described Perez as a solid third choice, but others cautioned that he may not be in the same category as Vilsack and Kaine,” the Post reported. “Several Democrats emphasized that the fact that Kaine and Vilsack appear to be the leading contenders does not preclude Clinton’s continuing to weigh her choices from a larger list of contenders.”

Perez met with Clinton on Friday, the Post reported.

Meantime, The New York Times reported that Clinton was looking for a running mate with national security experience. James G. Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who served as the 16th supreme allied commander of NATO, is in the running, the Times said.

Nevertheless, the Times reported that Perez and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., remain under consideration.

“Mrs. Clinton, whose advisers are still studying the findings of multiple focus groups, has not ruled Mr. Booker or Mr. Perez out, one of the people involved in the process said,” the Times reported.

Clinton is expected to reveal her choice at a rally in Miami on Saturday, the Times said.


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