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  •  Any time he's been a loose cannon, hasn't (0+ / 0-)

    it been on national security matters?

    Assuming he doesn't embarrass the ticket like Palin, let's think about what he brings. There's probably a limit to what a VP candidate can bring to the ticket, but if King can make an impact, it'll be in the areas similar to the ones like his district. I'm thinking of, say, suburbs in certain swing states and perhaps even in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He's conservative without seeming anti-government, kind of like Chris Christie, and he might be able to bring the macho aura without seeming like such a bully.

    If you are Marco Rubio, whom do you pick? Rand Paul? Kasich? Walker? Someone like Kelly Ayotte might make an interesting choice, and the fact that she's a woman can't hurt her electoral appeal. Chris Christie could also be an interesting choice, if he's willing to settle for the number two slot. Susanna Martinez would be a good pairing with someone like Walker or Christie, but Rubio?

    I'd guess King would look appealing if 2016 seems like it would be a good year for them and if they approached it with an expansive mindset, like Obama in 2008.

    "The polls are meaningless, riddled with biases, inaccuracies, and an unrealistic electorate. The only poll that matters is the one on election day..."--said by any number of candidates down in the polls

    by bjssp on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:04:10 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know that he'd even be on the radar (1+ / 0-)
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      If history repeats, the GOP nominee will be someone that the people who finance the party like a lot, but that large chunks of the base are neutral or hostile to. Hence, the VP who can get them excited. Really, post Reagan, it's been a pretty common pattern. Quayle, Kemp, not Cheney (the base loved Dubya, he needed an experienced figure more), but certainly Palin and Ryan. If the pattern holds, Christie or Walker are probably in a good position to get the nod, and the VP nominee would in either case likely be Ted Cruz, if he wanted it.

      In the case of Rubio specifically against Clinton, I could imagine a Peter King type being considered, as those blue-collar suburbs in the Northeast would be pretty critical. But Rubio, who was supposed to be in the Reagan-Dubya vein of being a grassroots favorite, has started to slip into the Bush-Dole-McCain-Romney "eh, okay" category due to immigration. I just don't think King inhabits the sort of territory that those guys' VPs did. It's possible, I suppose, though not entirely likely.

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