U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was on the shortlist to run with Hillary Clinton in 2016 and he thinks he would have helped the ticket win the key states that cost her the election.
In an interview with The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, Brown said he may have had an impact in the Midwest states that made the difference in the Electoral College.
Clinton ended up running with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who may have helped the ticket hold the state of Virginia. However, four key states changed to Republican - Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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“I don’t pretend that my being on the ticket would have made her win. I don’t know. I mean, if I had gone to Wisconsin and Michigan a lot, anything would have changed those two states,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “My wife thinks we would have won. She thinks we would have won Ohio.”
The article says that Brown and his wife, Connie Schultz, were questioned for three hours as Clinton was considering running mates last year.
“By the end, I really wanted it ” Brown said. “Because that’s human nature.”
Brown said he would have campaigned heavily in the Midwest and focused on Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio - all states Barack Obama won in 2012 that Donald Trump won in 2016.
The article also says that Clinton chose Brown as her running mate, but changed her mind because Ohio Gov. John Kasich would have been allowed to choose Brown’s Senate replacement. A move that likely would have given up the Democratic seat to a Republican.