As the field of presidential candidiates narrows down to three, just who would you like to see as the next President?
While we’re at it, how about Vice Presidential choices?
Be the first to show your political instincts and correctly predict who the candidates will choose as their running mate.
John McCain’s two closest friends in the Senate are John Kerry and Joe Liberman. You can bet one of them will end up in a McCain Cabinet. It would be more of a reach to see him select one of them as vice president.
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will be on anyone’s short list for the Democrats. Can you name the last two Democratic Senators to be elected as President and Vice President on the same ticket? This year will see the first Senator elected President since these two slipped in on a last minute rush of Chicago voters (dead and alive) to the polls.
The probability is that candidates of both parties will seek to choose a Governor to balance the ticket. That puts New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on the Democratic short list, while our own Governor Crist and his ability to deliver one of the key states in the election will have to be on McCain’s short list.
The thinking here is that McCain will be running from behind, and he will need to do something dramatic. Reaching across the aisle and choosing a Democrat to run on a “national unity” type ticket might be the only way he could stop the Obama express. We just don't think that McCain can win this election by moving to the right in the general election despite his problem with conservatives.
The conventional wisdom is that presidential candidates, especially Republicans, need to move to the center in the general election. Ronald Reagan created the blue print to win with his appeal to the "Reagan Democrats." Bill Clinton moved to the right in the general election, and Gore and Kerry's losses can be attributed, in part (because Gore won the popular vote, and Kerry had Illinois stolen from him) to their inability to win over moderate republicans.
Both Obama and McCain have shown the ability to appeal to voters from the other party, and that makes them unique.
We look at Obama and while we’re not sold, somehow, someway, we keep thinking of Lincoln. An untested and relatively unknown man from Illinois, who literally slipped into Washington in the dead of night (to avoid assassins) and guided a nation to a “new birth of freedom.”
Sometimes, the best leaders emerge from the most unlikely places.
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