House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responding to a report that Michael Bloomberg may choose Hillary Clinton as a running mate by claiming it reveals that the former New York City mayor lacks confidence in his ability to defeat Hew Hampshire primary winner Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, on an even playing field.
McCarthy, talking to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," cited controversy over the 2016 Democratic nomination, where Sanders fell to Clinton, only for evidence to come out later suggesting that the Democratic National Committee was working with Clinton's campaign.
"First it tells you that Bloomberg realizes he cannot win the nomination against Bernie without cheating, so he's going to bring Hillary in," McCarthy said, "'cause remember, Hillary cheated Bernie last time to win the nomination."
McCarthy was referring to how Bloomberg and Clinton both live in New York, while the Twelfth Amendment says that a state's electors in a presidential election can only vote for a president and vice president provided "one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves."
That means that New York's electoral votes would not be permitted to go to a Bloomberg/Clinton ticket if they are both New York inhabitants.