In recent weeks, speculation is swirling that Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna is eyeing a potential vice presidential nomination, exciting some of his constituents as he would be the first Indian-American to hold that office.
The rumors swelled after the freshman congressman was spotted spending lots of time in Iowa. An article from the Carroll Times Herald suggested Khanna could be a top pick, leading some to believe he was a viable choice for both progressive liberal voters and Trump supporters in the Midwest. The article sparked buzz here at home and made the rounds on social media.
But Khanna this week confirmed in an interview with San José Spotlight that he isn’t lobbying to be the next VP.
“I plan to run for re-election and represent this area for many years to come,” said Khanna. “But it is very flattering that my work to create jobs and opportunities both in the Bay Area and across the country is being recognized.”
Khanna has made recent stops in Jefferson, Iowa to work on an initiative to expand tech jobs in rural America. He won the hearts of Iowans from both sides of the political aisle in Greene County, according to the article, who praised his efforts and called him a “role model.”
The rising star in politics has made headlines for his positive stance on business in the tech sector, branding himself as a “progressive capitalist.” His efforts have garnered national attention and landed him a top job with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who named Khanna national co-chair of his 2020 presidential campaign.
But while the congressman found the thought of a potential nomination appealing, he said he values his work coming from and representing Silicon Valley, saying that his district is very powerful in creating positive change at the federal level.
“I think this shows the power of our areas,” Khanna added. “These are important districts, important areas to represent. Even in my second term, I can build a national voice from this platform.”
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