ďWell, letís put it this way Brian, first of all you met me, on a good day I stand about 5 foot five and when they called me up and said hey, you are on the short list, I thought, you must be talking about my height. The other problem I have is itís very tough to get Stavridis to fit on a bumper sticker. I think beyond any of that you should probably give the Clinton campaign and askÖ I have never thought about a political career and I am quite happy at where I am at the momentĒ
—Admiral Stavridis on being vetted by Hillary Clinton for vice president
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.) Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO , called into Kilmeade & Friends to discuss being vetted by Hillary Clinton to be her Vice President, why he feels Hillary is stronger than President Obama when it comes to the war on terror, why members of the military should be registered as independents and the failed coup in Turkey.
Admiral Stavridis talks about being vetted by Hillary Clinton for vice president & why he is leaning toward voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump
(Kilmeade) Admiral, your name has been bantered about, as the possible running mate with Hillary Clinton, at which time it looks like you are being vetted and I am wondering how you feel about that, a week later, after the news broke?
(STAVRIDIS) Well, letís put it this way Brian, first of all you met me, on a good day I stand about 5 foot five and when they called me up and said hey, you are on the short list, I thought, you must be talking about my height. The other problem I have is itís very tough to get Stavridis to fit on a bumper sticker. I think beyond any of that you should probably give the Clinton campaign and ask.
(Kilmeade) have you ever thought about a political career and do you think you could make the adjustment? You have a full time job with medical and dental at Tufts College.
(STAVRIDIS) We have an excellent medical and dental school here and I think people should be aware of that about Tufts. I have never thought about a political career and I am quite happy at where I am at the moment.
(Kilmeade) Are you more democrat or republican?
(STAVRIDIS) I am a registered independent which is something I encourage all military folks to do. Over the years I have voted both republican and democrat. I try to judge each election on the candidates in front of me and make an informed decision as a citizen and thatís what I would expect everyone to do.
(Kilmeade) What party, judging by right now, is it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump that more reflects your views?
(STAVRIDIS) What I would say to anybody trying to decide about the candidates this year is to think about their experience, where they served, what they bring to the table and the background of their lives. Secondly, whatís their temperament of the individual? I think we want a president who is balanced and calm in his or her deliberations and approach. And number 3 I would say, who is the team? Who is the VP pick, who is touted about as people who come onto the administration? Beyond that, I would say people should form their own judgments and take a hard look at candidates and that s the ting we call democracy.
(Kilmeade) So you havenít made a decision yet on who you want more or who you are voting for?
(STAVRIDIS) At this point, I would say that I am leaning toward Secretary Clinton from everything I have seen so far.
(Kilmeade) But you have any concerns?
(STAVRIDIS) I am very comfortable with making that decision in the privacy of my own home Brian.
(Kilmeade) Admiral, it would be great for us because we would get a lot of tours of the vice presidential residence and we would have somebody to drink with in Washington if I got there.
(STAVRIDIS) I think you should not stay awake at night pondering that possibility Brian, I thank you for the sentiment.