Slideshow Six Veep Possibilities with Financial Experience

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  • May 25 2016, 12:09pm EDT
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With the nominees likely clear for the Republican and Democratic presidential tickets, speculation has turned to whom Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could pick as their running mates. A number of those names mentioned are key figures on financial policy. Following are some of the top possible picks.

Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the scourge of big banks, is often mentioned as a possible running mate for Clinton. Warren excites the progressive wing of the party, which could be crucial as those Democrats have largely supported Bernie Sanders' rival bid for the presidency. Still, there are reasons why a Clinton-Warren ticket may be unlikely. For one, Warren hasn't endorsed Clinton, which is something of a prerequisite. For another, Clinton hasn't been willing to go as far as Warren in a number of areas, including with regard to financial services policy. In short, Warren may be too liberal for Clinton.

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Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, checks a lot of the same boxes as Warren, without some of the accompanying baggage. He's popular with progressives and has taken strong stands on financial issues as the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, including pushing for higher capital for the biggest banks. He's also seen as pragmatic, hails from a battleground state and — unlike Warren — was quick to endorse Clinton during her primary battle with Sanders.

Bob Corker

Any guess as to whom Trump will pick for his running mate is likely to be wrong as the New York real estate businessman keeps his policy views and personnel picks close to his vest. Still, there's been speculation he could look to Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, praised Trump's recent foreign policy address and has been friendlier toward Trump than most other senators. Corker is also a top member of the Banking Committee and the co-architect of a plan to wind down the government-sponsored enterprises. As of right now, however, Corker has said he has not been contacted by the Trump campaign about the vice presidential role.

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Julian Castro

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has long been tagged as a potential running mate for Clinton. Castro rose to national prominence after becoming the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio) and has been praised by community groups for his work at HUD. Castro could help attract Hispanic voters and would be the first Hispanic vice presidential nominee. But it's unclear if Castro is still too untested to get the job.

Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., a top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, is a pro-business moderate with a reputation for pragmatism. He also hails from a battleground state certain to be important in the general election. But he could be seen as too middle-of-the-road by Clinton as she is hoping to secure the votes of those who support Sanders' presidential bid.

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Tom Cotton

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., marks the fifth member of the Senate Banking Committee rumored to be on someone's vice presidential shortlist. Cotton recently told The Hill newspaper that he wouldn't "rule out" running as Trump's running mate — though he hasn't endorsed him yet — but added he wouldn't "rule it in" either.