Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, said Friday at a press conference that if he was advising Sen. Barack Obama, he “would urge him to make Chris Dodd his vice president.”
The Associated Press has reported that Obama’s presidential campaign has requested information from Dodd as part of its search for a possible vice presidential candidate.
“In Connecticut we have a saying, ‘In Dodd We Trust,’” Blumenthal said.
Asked if he would be interested in running for Dodd’s U.S. Senate seat, Blumenthal said, “Of course I have an interest in the senate seat.” Blumenthal then explain that he doesn’t think the Countrywide mortgage issue that has dogged Dodd in recent weeks should be anything more than a “minute blip” on any national candidate’s resume.
As for talk of stripping Sen. Joseph Lieberman of his chairmanship, Blumenthal at first hesitated to answer the question. When pressed again, Blumenthal said he regards Lieberman “as a genuine, personal friend,” adding that he is “not going to issue a judgment.” He said that decision is up to leadership in the U.S. Senate.
Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said Friday at the same press conference that she would be interested in the running for Attorney General or Governor, depending on what the landscape looks like.