Sanders has some work to do to win the Democratic nomination, but for the sake of entertaining ourselves, there’s no harm in wondering who would make a good vice-presidential running mate.

And maybe it’s not too early to discuss. Traditionally, candidates wait until they’ve won the nomination to pick a running mate but there have been exceptions. Picking a running mate to campaign with him earlier in the process could boost the Sanders campaign.

Please suggest names I didn’t include in the poll. For my poll picks, I’m assuming the days of the Democratic party nominating a ticket of two white men are over. Some of the names I’m suggesting aren’t announced Sanders supporters yet but we know how quickly those things change.

Some ideas.

Hilda Solis — Former Obama Labor Secretary, Congresswoman and current member of the Los Angeles board of supervises with focus on labor and environmental justice.

Betty McCollum — A strongly progressive Congresswoman from the Minnesota.

Luis Gutiérrez — Progressive Illinois Congressman known as top leader on immigration reform.

Susan Rice — Obama’s National Security Adviser and former ambassador to the UN.

Elizabeth Warren — Senator from Massachusetts you may have heard of.

Deval Patrick  Former Governor of Massachusetts.

Hillary Clinton — Unity ticket.

Julian Castro — HUD Secretary and former San Antonio mayor.

Kate Brown — Governor of Oregon.

Cory Booker — Senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark.

Anthony Romero — Executive Director of the ACLU — because freedom.

Kathy Castor — Progressive Congresswoman from Florida.

Anthony Foxx — Transportation Secretary and former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Raúl Grijalva — Nevada Congressman who co-chairs the progressive caucus.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz  Hey, why not. She represents a major swing state.

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