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  •  What if VP Huckabee (e.g.)? (0+ / 0-)

    What about if Romney shores up the GOP's social-authoritarian flank with an evangelical-appeasing VP candidate? Huckabee, Santorum, that sort of thing.

    Keep WA-Gov Blue -- Help Jay Inslee beat Rob McKenna. Go Inslee!

    by Em on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 02:52:35 PM PDT

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    •  VP Pick Doesn't Matter (2+ / 0-)
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      polecat, The Caped Composer

      I don't think the VP pick matters.

      I can't think of a single time in US history where a president  who was almost certain to lose ended up winning because of who he chose as VP. The only times I can think of where it mattered it ended up hurting the nominee (McCain in 2008 and McGovern in 1972).

      Of course, it's only been since Gore that the VP has been powerful; usually it's a position that is never heard from unless the president dies.

      Most VP's are chosen to compliment the strengths of the candidate. A presidential candidate never wants a VP who outshines himself.

      Most people vote for president, not vice president.

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