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.