Senator Chris Murphy has seen his stock rising in the Democratic party. One of the youngest members of the senate, Murphy made a national name for himself during a filibuster calling for a vote on gun control. The Clinton campaign noticed, and he was invited to address the Democratic National Convention.
On Sunday’s Face the State seen on WFSB, I asked Murphy about his big speech, and about a suggestion from a columnist he be considered as Clinton’s running mate.
“That’s flattering to be named. I was never vetted, never contacted by the Clinton campaign. It sort of sounds like they set their sights on a smaller number of individuals and I was never in the running.”
I also asked him if he would join a Clinton cabinet, if she is elected, and he is approached by the new president to be a part of her team.
He also said his senate colleague Richard Blumenthal would be a great choice for Attorney General in a Clinton administration.
Murphy and I also talked extensively about Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump. As a Clinton surrogate, Murphy will have to deal with a chunk of the electorate who does not trust his candidate. I asked the senator why he trusts her.
Murphy did not hold back when it came to Donald Trump, saying he feared a Trump presidency.
DH: “What is your biggest fear if Trump is elected president?”
CM: “I think he’ll get people killed. I really do. The alliance he is forming with Putin is really disturbing to me.”
Murphy said if Trump is elected, Putin could expand into Eastern Europe by force, and it could encourage Isis to carry out attacks in the U.S.
CM: “It’s a matter of life and death. It’s that serious. The recklessness he is showing is a recklessness of human lives.”
But Murphy said he could work with a President Trump.
CM: “I certainly don’t want Trump to win, but if the majority of Americans put him in office, I will try to find a way to do something positive.”
Our flashback takes us back to the spring of 1998, at the height of the White House intern scandal involving her husband, when Clinton came to Connecticut to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Barbara Kennelly.
Watch Murphy part 1 here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/12627234/senator-chris-murphy-talks-about-dnc
watch Murphy part 2: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/12627238/senator-murphy-weighs-in-on-2016-election
I also want to take a moment to thank an incredible young woman for her help this summer. Grace Dubay worked as our Face the State intern, and helped with research, the guests and questions. We wish Grace the very best as she finishes high school and starts to look at colleges. Who knows, maybe someday she’ll be sitting in my chair.
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