As the convention weeks near, speculation swirls over who will be tapped for the VP slot on both major tickets.

On the Democratic side, a few names have been thrown around as likely contenders to be the VP pick for Hillary Clinton, including Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Dept. of Labor Sec. Tom Perez. And she’s taken Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for a test drive on the campaign trail. However, Politico reporter Daniel Strauss, who has been closely following Clinton’s campaign, says those guesses are all wrong.

“Right, there are lots of names being floated right now. The top name is Tim Kaine,” Strauss says. “Former governor of VA, former DNC chairman. He is a well-respected member of the Democratic Party. Listen, the things we are hearing is that it’s Kaine, it’s Kaine, it’s Kaine.”

Kevin Robillard, a Politico reporter closely following Donald Trump, is not quite as confident on who Trump will select. Recently, both South Carolina Sen. Bob Corker and Iowa Sen. Jodi Ernst asked to not be considered as potential running mates.

“The ones you hear the most about are probably Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. You hear about Chris Christie. You hear about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,” Robillard says. “The one wild card, whose name has dropped out and now I heard come back a little bit, was Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. I think Trump sees some advantage of picking a woman running mate, although earlier his campaign manager dismissed the idea of a woman running mate as pandering.”

See our interview for more discussion on the major party candidates, their best prospects and their biggest potential negatives.

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