New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, not the staunchest friend of Hillary Clinton, is offering a plan to keep her “in check” if she becomes the Democratic nominee. Krugman would put Elizabeth Warren in the VP slot to keep an eye on Hillary so she doesn’t stray too far from the Democratic base.


Report from the Huffington Post:

Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has an interesting vision of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket: Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren “looking over her shoulder so she doesn’t stray too far.”

Speaking on HuffPost Live Wednesday about Clinton’s domestic policy, Krugman said, “When she talks now, she sounds substantially to the left of the old Hillary Clinton.”

“If she becomes president and then turns … [and] runs back to the right, that’s going to be a problem. … I guess part of one’s hope, if she becomes president, [is that] she will in fact feel some need to avoid alienating the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, which is for all practical purposes led by Elizabeth Warren right now,” Krugman said. [Emphasis added]

As for a presidential bid from the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, he said it “would be an interesting thing” but predicted it would be unsuccessful.

As Krugman notes, he’d prefer Warren at the top of the ticket since, as he puts it, she leads the base of the party right now. Would an all-female ticket be the next big thing in politics following Barack Obama? Doubtful as Hillary would never want to share the limelight with anyone else.

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