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Trump Adviser: Clinton/Sanders Ticket Would’ve Been Tougher to Beat

Campaign managers Kellyanne Conway and Robby Mook, for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton respectively, reflected on the race and its outcome in a CNN interview recently.

The Hill reports:

A top adviser to Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the president-elect would have had a tougher race against Hillary Clinton if she would have picked Bernie Sanders as her running mate.

“He won 22 states and 13 million voters, and that ain’t nothing,” said Kellyanne Conway during a joint interview with Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on CNN.

Conway then thanked Sanders for his effect on the campaign, saying he “softened up” Clinton for the Trump campaign.

“The fact is his supporters were still out there protesting her,” Conway added. “He was in — he was in the hall being, you know, a dutiful Democratic Convention soldier, but his — his supporters were not.”

She also criticized Clinton’s decision to pick Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

“I assume that her choice of Tim Kaine had something to do with Virginia but maybe also with not being overshadowed,” Conway said.

“I thought that he was not a particularly effective pick in the end or at the beginning.”

Mook said Sanders was considered, but Kaine represented Clinton’s “views and values” best.

“[Sanders] was up on that list because he deserved to be on the list. And he was considered fully along with over 30 other people,” Mook said. “But at the end of the day, she felt like Tim Kaine would represent her views and values if, God forbid, he had to become president; that he had the background and preparation to do the job. But also that that partnership and that chemistry was the right one. “

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