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  •  The bigger question is: What about broad appeal? (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know enough of Sheldon Whitehouse to make an opinion but considering he's the junior U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, what would he offer that other candidates wouldn't (aside from being smart, articulate and progressive)?  Could he be able to communicate to the Midwest, South and other states that aren't typically Northeastern or blue like Rhode Island?

    •  Whitehouse for the White House (0+ / 0-)

      Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your thoughtful reply.  I don't know a great deal about Whitehouse's background, (besides the fact he was a former prosecuting attorney), but I do know each time I hear him speak on the air, or in committee hearings (on CSPAN) he comes off as extremely bright and exceedingly well spoken. He is certainly a excellent communicator, and would do well in a Senate leadership post.   I certainly don't know if he would inspire the national electorate but I don't think his Northeastern roots and the fact he is a junior Senator should work against him.  (After all Gillibrand, Patrick are from the east, and Barack Obama was a junior Senator.)  

      •  No apology needed (0+ / 0-)

        I've seen Sheldon Whitehouse speak on CSPAN before and he's certainly quite an aggressive yet articulate guy.  Very bright I might add.  I'm sure he would be a strong communicator.  The one thing I would worry would be with Whitehouse campaigning in states like West Virginia, Oklahoma or even Utah.  Those states are seriously red and not all receptive to Democrats unless they happened to lean on the conservative end of the political spectrum.

        I'd say right now though, we should be concerned about keeping the U.S. Senate in Democratic favor, expanding it, as well as putting the House of Representative into Nancy Pelosi's leadership.

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