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2861U2 06-11-2008 12:57 PM

2008 Vice-Presidential Thread
 
I figured VP discussion was worthy of its own thread...


So now that each side has a nominee, the interest is quickly turning to who they each might pick as their running mate. Who are your top choices for your preferred candidate and why, and who are you most worried about your opponent choosing?


1) Mitt Romney: Since McCain clinched, I've been hoping for Romney to be his running mate. He has more economic background and knowledge than almost anyone either candidate could choose, and with the economy likely to be the top issue, he would be a big asset. It would be a longshot for Romney to help McCain pick up Massachusetts, but he could possibly help in his home state of Michigan, one of the key battleground states this year. Conservatives love him, and he could help excite the party about the ticket. Romney brings in big crowds, too. Judging by the rallies I saw on tv, he brought in a lot more people than McCain. As we saw during the primary, he's not afraid to go after his opponents hard, something McCain either will not do or doesn't do as well.

2) Kay Bailey Hutchison: McCain won't need any help winning Texas, but she could help secure the south, where Obama has the possibility of winning a state or two. She's well-known among conservatives and has a strong conservative record. In 2006, she was named by TheWhiteHouseProject.org one of the "8 in '08" female politicians who could possibly be elected president in 2008. Assuming Obama does not pick a woman as his running mate (or even anyone other than Hillary), Hutchison could attract a good number of female supporters who use to support Hillary.

3) Bobby Jindal: Jindal is young (only 37) and may attract some youth vote. He is also a minority which could help gain votes. He has a strong conservative record and is extremely well-liked. As with Hutchison, he could help secure the south and has done a lot for Louisiana since the storm. He's also an excellent speaker and could bring some excitement to the ticket.


As of now, I'm probably still most worried about an Obama/Clinton ticket. I highly doubt he'll pick her, though.

Irvine511 06-11-2008 12:58 PM

i think the above list is a strong one, and i think that KBH might be his best bet.

financeguy 06-11-2008 02:11 PM

It would be outrageous if Mr Cheney was not asked to serve again.

U2democrat 06-11-2008 02:43 PM

I would LOVE it if he picked Cheney...bring it on :love:

U2DMfan 06-11-2008 03:28 PM

McCain=Charlie Crist
Obama=Mark Warner

UberBeaver 06-11-2008 03:30 PM

Wesley Clark for Obama.
For McCain, I'd like to see Olympia Stowe, but that won't happen. I have no idea who he'll pick.

U2democrat 06-11-2008 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by U2DMfan (Post 5216145)
McCain=Charlie Crist
Obama=Mark Warner

We need Mark Warner in that Senate seat more than we need him in the VP spot.


/So says the Warner for Senate intern.

martha 06-11-2008 04:11 PM

Here's a question I was thinking about the other day. Does the VP really bring in voters? I'm not asking to be a smartass; I really want to know. I can't ever remember voting for a president based on his VP choice. Are there really that many people who vote that way?

U2democrat 06-11-2008 04:15 PM

The pundits seem to think so, I don't see it. Maybe it's subconscious?

BVS 06-11-2008 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by martha (Post 5216225)
Here's a question I was thinking about the other day. Does the VP really bring in voters? I'm not asking to be a smartass; I really want to know. I can't ever remember voting for a president based on his VP choice. Are there really that many people who vote that way?

Only if people are on the fence...

If some are leary about Obama and Iraq due to experience, someone like Clark may put them over the fence...

unico 06-11-2008 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 5215996)
i think the above list is a strong one, and i think that KBH might be his best bet.

i :heart: your avatar!

Quote:

Originally Posted by U2DMfan (Post 5216145)
McCain=Charlie Crist
Obama=Mark Warner

as a resident of VA, i gotta agree with laura here. Warner needs to stay. we're still undergoing a massive color change from red to a blue. we need more time, and Warner still has work to do.

U2democrat 06-11-2008 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unico (Post 5216254)
we're still undergoing a massive color change from red to a blue. we need more time, and Warner still has work to do.

You know, I can totally hear that as a campaign slogan :hmm:

Harry Vest 06-11-2008 04:39 PM

McCain may very well pick Romney but I have a suspicion he may go the other way and pick Huckabee (to pick up the Evangelical wing of the party). Then there's the most bizzare possibility...Condeleza Rice!!!

unico 06-11-2008 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by U2democrat (Post 5216261)
You know, I can totally hear that as a campaign slogan :hmm:

tell him if he wants to pay me to write this stuff i'm all for it :up:

A_Wanderer 06-11-2008 09:31 PM

People may not vote for a ticket because of the VP, but they will vote against a ticket because of a VP, in fact voting against is the driving force all around.


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