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In picking VP, just find someone to help win

April 24th, 2012

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This piece was originally posted on Politico.

Predicting a vice presidential choice is a mug’s game. How many people predicted Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008? Who predicted that George H.W. Bush would pick Dan Quayle in 1988? Or that his son would pick Dick Cheney — the man he put in charge of the selection process — in 2000?

There are 10 reasons why you pick a running mate. Reason No. 1: Pick someone who will help you win. The other nine don’t matter.

That’s because, when a candidate picks a running mate, his mind is focused on one and only one thing: winning. Oh yes, compatibility would be nice. But John F. Kennedy was not concerned about compatibility when he named Lyndon B. Johnson to the ticket in 1960. The two rivals were anything but compatible. JFK was concerned about winning. He could not win without Texas. And he could not carry Texas without LBJ on the ticket. End of story.

Since 1960, however, it’s hard to prove that running mates have made a great deal of difference. In the past 12 presidential contests, the party has lost its vice presidential candidate’s home state one out of every three times. Most recently when the Democrats failed to carry Sen. John Edwards’s home state of North Carolina in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Psssst… Marco Rubio Will be on the Ticket

August 29th, 2011

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This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

The Republican race for President is wide open. But the party has already settled on its vice presidential nominee: freshman Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rubio spoke at the Reagan Library last week at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan. During his speech, he remarked, “The reality is, I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee . . . ” At which point a man in the audience shouted, “Wanna bet?” The audience responded with whoops and cheers.

If you asked a computer to design the perfect Republican candidate for vice president, it would come up with Rubio. He’s got three big things going for him. He’s a Tea Party favorite. He’s Latino. And he’s from Florida. Read the rest of this entry »