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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Straw Poll: Pick Your Favorite Dem VP

Now that Obama has clinched the Dem presidential nomination, talk has turned to possible VP choices.

Click onto the continuation page below the fold to vote for your favorite VP candidate. You have from now through next Sunday to vote, one vote per person.

To help you out, check out Mother Jones' info on the pros and cons of most of the potential VP candidates listed in the poll.

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June 8, 2008 at 03:22 PM in 2008 Dem VP Candidates | Permalink

Comments

I think everyone knows my position on who I voted for in this poll. I am not gonna argue ad nauseum on this post.

I just want to reiterate that the "other" VP candidates mentioned on MotherJones illustrate how slim and how difficult it is to pick someone other than Clinton.

Jim Webb has baggage with female voters due to his Navy days and he has been known to open his mouth once to often. Some of which has been too flattering. In addition, this guy was a Republican not too long ago. I don't know if I can trust him.

Kathleen Sebelius, along with the women candidates such as Janet Napolitano and Claire McCaskill provide venom to the women's movement that voted for Hillary Clinton in huge numbers. I smell pandering and patronizing from a mile a way if he chooses a female who is not named Clinton.

Then we have the candidates that appeal to a specific state. Such as Ted Strickland, Sherrod Brown, and Ed Rendell. Once again that choice may be seen as political posturing and voters may see that as a slight insult to their intelligence.

With that being said:

I think the choices that are ok in order of personal preference:

Hillary Clinton
Bill Richardson
John Edwards
Wesley Clark
Evan Bayh
Joe Biden

Posted by: Dan | Jun 8, 2008 4:06:30 PM

Is RFK, Jr. not considered to be a viable VP nominee?

Posted by: | Jun 9, 2008 9:32:43 AM

I haven't seen RFK Jr. mentioned anywhere. Is he interested? I'd think he'd be a better choice to head the EPA.

My votes goes to Jim Webb. He can help Obama connect with voters in Appalachia, has excellent defense credentials and is unafraid to speak up and confront liars like McCain.

Posted by: Old Dem | Jun 9, 2008 9:42:40 AM

I used to be for Wes Clark for VP but now I think he is too loyal to Clinton and he said some nasty stuff about Obama in the campaign.

I almost voted for Richardson but I can't see him as president if he had to step in. I ended up voting for Edwards but I really see him as sec of labor or AG.

Posted by: Josie | Jun 9, 2008 10:55:01 AM

I'd bet we're in for a "Spiro Who?" moment. HE will have been a strong supporter of Hillary, most likely white. Strickland of Ohio fits the bill.

But here is a thought.. What if McCain picks a conservative black women? Think for just a moment and one comes easily to mind. What would that do in this year of identity politics? Not to mention shoring up support with that 27% of the base who still support Bush.

Posted by: claudia | Jun 9, 2008 11:49:44 AM

Robert Wexler

Posted by: Jason Call | Jun 9, 2008 12:12:37 PM

Wexler's been terrific on the seriousness of Bush's lawbreaking and at the DNC Rules Committee too. He could help bring in FL too.

Posted by: barb | Jun 9, 2008 12:29:14 PM

"What if McCain picks a conservative black women? Think for just a moment and one comes easily to mind."

I have no idea. Who do you mean?

Also, who is Robert Wexler?

Posted by: michelle meaders | Jun 9, 2008 2:38:32 PM

"What if McCain picks a conservative black women? Think for just a moment and one comes easily to mind."

I assume you are speaking of Condeleeza Rice.

My question is what happens if McCain picks ANY female period such as Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Heather Wilson....regardless of race.

Lately McCain is like a scavenger going after the Hillary female supporters. If Obama does the expected and if he shoves Hillary aside and refuses to pick her......I think McCain strategists will urge Mccain to pick a female.....and I don't blame him if he does since that would be the smart thing to do.

Posted by: Dan | Jun 9, 2008 8:10:15 PM

how about Senator Russ Feingold D-WI? He's strong on foreign relations, opposed Iraq invasion, progressive, decent on healthcare.

Posted by: Louise | Jun 9, 2008 9:23:07 PM

Wexler, absolutely

http://wexler.house.gov/

Posted by: Rodney | Jun 10, 2008 4:49:17 PM

Feingold would be great, but has stated on numerous occassions that he feels he can be of the greatest help in the Senate. I'm inclined to agree with him. He's actually a Democratic senator that we can count on.

Posted by: Jason Call | Jun 11, 2008 12:05:18 AM

I, for one, as a donor of time and $$ to Senator Clinton's campaign, will NOT be offended if Senator Obama picks Kathleen Sebelius. She is competent, works well with Republicans, gets along well with Obama (she is a supporter).

I do NOT think that Senator Clinton should accept the VP nomination. Anything that goes wrong will then automatically be blamed on her or Bill Clinton. It is time for Obama to get the blame, or credit, for all of his campaign.

My second choice would be Evan Bayh. He was the two-term governor of Indiana before he became their junior senator, so he, like Sebelius, has the executive experience that Obama lacks. Before he bacame governor, he was secretary of state. He has been a staunch Clinton supporter. It would be a great thing for the Democratic party if Clinton applauded the choice of Bayh for VP.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jun 12, 2008 8:57:13 AM

i think a obama/richardson ticket is the best one yet.and clinton and edwards will be offered very good jobs for their endorsements

Posted by: lilyjinks | Jun 30, 2008 12:25:12 PM