Vice President DiFi, or Vice President Boxer?

The Hill asked all 97 U.S. Senators who aren’t currently running for president the same question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.: “I’m not the right choice for the Democrats because they’re going to carry California. So they should really look elsewhere. And I can really help them right here in the Senate as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.”

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: “Of course. I think anybody would.”

There were a few other, er, interesting answers…

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: “No, I’d have Jon Stewart stand in for me. Jon Stewart. That’s my guy.”

U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.: “No, I can already preside over the Senate, and I do not enjoy spending a lot of time at ‘undisclosed locations.’ ”

And maybe best of all, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho: “I would say ‘No, Hillary.’ ”

Visit the Hill’s Web site for the complete list of verbatim answers.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.