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Who Will Be Hillary’s Vice Presidential Pick?

I know, I know, it is still a long ways away, and she has not even won yet, but the media are already speculating on who Hillary will choose for her running mate, her vice president.

VPs are funny creatures. They can matter a fair amount during an election, sweeping in ethnic or social groups that might not fully favor the candidate, say a male VP with a female candidate, or a Hispanic VP and a white candidate. Old v. young (Biden), experienced v. less so (Biden), white v. Black (Biden), you get the picture.

Of course once the election is over, the VP is expected to mostly fade into the background, careful not to upstage the president. S/he attends funerals, looks happy or grim in the background of photos, and usually gets some small pet project to work on during down times. You want a Kardashian, but not Kim herself, for the part.

The folks at International Business Times have sorted through such factors, and the available candidates for vice president Hillary might choose from, and come up with this list. Who would you choose?

Julian Castro: Castro is the U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary for Obama and former mayor of San Antonio. At 40-years-old (Clinton will be 68 in 2016), Castro is young, and he’s also Hispanic. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a spot usually given to a rising star in the party.

Tim Kaine: The U.S. senator from Virginia would help a Clinton ticket with independent voters. Although a Democrat, Kaine teamed up with John McCain to criticize Obama’s Middle East policy and argued that Obama didn’t have the authority to launch airstrikes against ISIS without Congress’ approval. But Kaine is also not as hawkish as Clinton seems to be positioning herself in 2016, so Kaine could cover Clinton’s weaknesses with dovish Democrats.

Martin O’Malley: The former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor is testing the waters for a presidential campaign, and his reluctance to hit Clinton hard so far might signal that he’s eyeing the VP slot. O’Malley is a progressive who would be to the left of Clinton on most policy positions, which could satisfy the wing of the party she would have to work the hardest to rally. O’Malley would also balance the ticket on gender and age, as he’s in his 50s.

Evan Bayh: Bayh, a former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana, lost out as Obama’s VP in 2008 to Joe Biden, according to USA Today. As a moderate Democrat, he could help Clinton with independent voters. He has also promised to help out with Clinton’s campaign. “We think the world of both of them, are friends of both of them, help them and who knows where that might lead,” he said of his and his wife’s views of the Clintons.

Deval Patrick: The ex-Massachusetts governor would add racial diversity to the ticket. Patrick, 58, was one of President Barack Obama’s biggest surrogates in the black community, and Clinton may pick him to strengthen her share of the black vote. But the knock on Patrick is that he hasn’t seemed eager to put all his energy toward Clinton’s 2016 bid and has pointed out the weaknesses of her campaign.

Elizabeth Warren: The Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she isn’t running for president, but having her on the ticket with Clinton would be Hillary’s best way to shore up support among progressive Democrats. Clinton has been criticized by that wing of the party for not being outspoken enough on reining in Wall Street, among other issues.

Brian Schweitzer: The former Montana governor has been talked about as a vice presidential nominee as early as 2008. Schweitzer is a rare Democrat who has been able to win in the interior West and could improve Hillary’s standing among working-class white voters.

Tom Vilsack: This longtime Clinton ally is secretary of agriculture and a former Iowa governor. Vilsack could help Clinton in the Midwest.

Cory Booker: The New Jersey senator, elected only in 2013, would give the Clinton ticket both a racial and generational balance. The 46-year-old Booker might boost Clinton with the youth vote and his reputation for bipartisanship may lure independent voters.