Veep alert

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The Hill news­pa­per asked the 97 sen­a­tors who are not run­ning for pres­i­dent the same ques­tion:

“If you were asked, would you ac­cept an of­fer to be the vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee?”

More than 20 said they would ac­cept or se­ri­ously con­sider such an of­fer.

Oth­ers de­murred, say­ing they would stick with their jobs in the Se­nate. Se­ri­ous con­tenders, in­clud­ing Sens. Jim Webb, Vir­ginia Demo­crat, and John Thune, South Dakota Repub­li­can, down­played their chances. Some law­mak­ers wouldn’t hes­i­tate.

“Of course,” Sen. Bob Ben­nett, Utah Repub­li­can, said. “Big house, big car, not much to do. Why not?”

Sen. Larry Craig, Idaho Repub­li­can, who was ar­rested in a Min­neapo­lis air­port bath­room sex sting and has since been os­tra­cized by his party, at least got into the spirit of things.

“I would say ‘No, Hil­lary.’ ” Mr. Craig said.

“Ab­so­lutely,” said Sen. Bar­bara A. Mikul­ski, Mary­land Demo­crat. “I think I would be great. First of all, I know how to be­have at wed­dings and fu­ner­als. And I know how to be com­man­der in chief. I’d bring a lot of fun to the job. We would rock the Naval Ob­ser­va­tory.”

But some have al­ready been there, done that.

“Once is enough,” ob­served Sen. Joseph I. Lieber­man.

“I al­ready have the T-shirt and I’m proud of it.” the Con­necti­cut in­de­pen­dent said.

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