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What are your thoughts on who each candidate should or might pick?

Barack Obama:

I read this wikipedia entry on Tim Kaine and I am thinking he would make a great pick.

I also like Bill Richardson because of his impressive resume.

But picking Hillary Clinton wouldn't totally surprise me.

John McCain:

I think Tim Pawlenty is the most likely candidate.

But Mitt Romney's business background could prove very valuable.

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Things have changed quite a bit since McCain became the presumptive nominee. There's a feeling amongst a large number of conservatives that the White House, the House and the Senate are already lost to the Dems.

Because of that, will the GOP look to Romney's campaign financing deep pockets or will it encourage the Xtian right to make an ideological last stand and force McCain to choose a fundamentalist?


I still think McCain will pick Heidi Montag as his VP.

Obama and the Democrats should pick Bill Richardson.

Richardson has exceptional experience. A California native, he has served as a U.S. Congressman, United Nations Ambassador, Secretary of Energy and Governor of New Mexico. He has also worked successfully as a negotiator obtaining the release of hostages, political prisoners and captured U.S. servicemen. He has worked in the private sector and has taught at schools of higher education.

He is likely the "smartest guy in the room" for other reasons too: a master's degree in international affairs, facility in several languages and he has lived and worked abroad.

Politically, Richardson he is respected by leaders on both sides of the aisle. He has a positive image with leaders of foreign nations and multinational corporations with whom our nation's future in ultimately tied and with whom he has had the opportunity to meet and/or work. He is an excellent speaker and writer and has a reputation for fairness, good character and effectiveness. His positives are high and his negatives are small.

Obama and the Democrats should pick Bill Richardson.

Richardson has exceptional experience. A California native, he has served as a U.S. Congressman, United Nations Ambassador, Secretary of Energy and Governor of New Mexico. He has also worked successfully as a negotiator obtaining the release of hostages, political prisoners and captured U.S. servicemen. He has worked in the private sector and has taught at schools of higher education.

He is likely the "smartest guy in the room" for other reasons too: a master's degree in international affairs, facility in several languages and he has lived and worked abroad.

Politically, Richardson is respected by leaders on both sides of the aisle. He has a positive image with leaders of foreign nations and multinational corporations with whom our nation's future in ultimately tied and with whom he has had the opportunity to meet and/or work. He is an excellent speaker and writer and has a reputation for fairness, good character and effectiveness. His positives are high and his negatives are small.

Senator Chuck Hagel

Richardson is an excellent choice and a brilliant man. I couldn't care less about the weakness that the Republicans and press will choose to exploit, but let's not forget it's there. Richardson loves the ladies. He and Bill Clinton were much alike in that regard. Always on the hunt.

Biden is excellent on foreign policy and a straight shooter whom the opposition wouldn't want to try to tackle in a debate. I would rank him equal with Richardson in my preference. He is a strong campaigner, universally respected among his peers, but probably would not generate the base of support in the West and some swing states (particularly among Latino voters) that Richardson does.

Note: I am not sure what is meant by "loves the ladies," but I feel certain John McCain would never permit any "swift boaters" to work on behalf of his campaign and attempt a political hatchet job that particular false issue. I think he is too smart for that.


I think Richardson would be a good pick, but he comes off as a ship jumper...he was very close to the Clintons...expect that issue to be brought up by both parties...

Kaine has only three years as a governer of state...and with Obama's experience limited as well, Obama might need a more experienced VP.

I think Obama should go with Evan Bayh...good record...and not a liberal...he can get "swing voters."

McCain would be smart to get someone who could run after he wins or loses...I think Romney and Huckabee aren't ever going win due to their extreme religious beliefs...Southern Baptists and Mormons are not "faves" of the Christian community.

I think McCain could win with a Gulianni ticket and if he really wanted to pick a solid person to seperate himself from Bush...why not pursue Colin Powell? He left Bush's administration and he's young without making McCain look older...

McCain doesn't need to worry about the Christian/Conservative vote...Obama's liberal stances are beginning to awaken the conservatives to vote with their noses pinched...

Paul,

Why would it be bad for Richardson to join the ticket but it was fine for him to actually run for president?

I think Richardson would be a good choice for Obama. He needs someone in his Administration who has actually done something in the real world.

I don't think McCain will pick anyone remotely associated with the Bush Administration, such as Colin Powell. He's already fighting a difficult enough battle separating himself from Bush.

Romney might be a good choice. He certainly has the business acumen and would add some much-needed credibility on the economy. The Mormon issue and his right wing affiliations may hurt the campaign though.

It might be better to go with someone with less name recognition that can grow on the electorate as the campaign progresses. I'm thinking someone like Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

I know a lot of people are talking about Rob Portman, but, again, he's too closely affiliated with Bush (OMB Director).

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