Election 2008

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Presidential Candidates Consider Vice Presidential Options

May 23, 2008 01:55 PM
by Josh Katz
Both Ariz. Sen. John McCain and Ill. Sen. Barack Obama are setting their sights on possible running mates as the primaries come to a close.

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Even though Obama and N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton remain in battle through the final primaries, Obama, in the lead in the number of delegates, is scoping out running mates.

Obama recently hired Jim Johnson, a long-time Democratic adviser who filled out the tickets for Mass. Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and Minn. Sen. Walter Mondale in 1984, reports the Voice of America.

John McCain has also sparked speculation regarding his vice presidential pick. La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are three potential candidates who have joined McCain at his Arizona ranch for Memorial Day festivities. McCain’s camp has denied the conjectures, calling the event a social gathering.

Even though Clinton’s chances at the Democratic presidential nomination look grim, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "I think, though, that Hillary Clinton and Sen. Obama, both having a good chance to win the nomination, probably should start thinking about who his or her running mate might be, what transition teams they might have."

Former President Bill Clinton, however, has begun to express different aspirations for his wife. He has recently been pushing for Hillary to be Obama’s running mate.

The “dream ticket” of Obama and Clinton has been a topic of debate for some time. Clinton’s recent victories show she has the support of many women and blue-collar voters. But many political observers think she is an unlikely option for Obama as “she could undermine the Obama message of change,” The Wall Street Journal writes.

Headline Link: ‘Obama And McCain Turn Attention To Running Mates’

Background: The search for vice presidents

Opinion & Analysis: The vice-presidential dilemma

Related Topics: The possibilities for McCain and Obama

Reference: Delegate counts, the candidates

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