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Is Mitt Serious About Condi?

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 10:33 AM
Though Obama's approval rating in the low 40's is bad for a president seeking reelection, remember that George W. Bush's approval rating was in the high 20's at the close of his second term. The reasons for that low rating are many, but the financial crash of 2007 and the insane and unending Iraq war are the two main factors. Buchanan is right; best not to select any member of the Bush team as VP.
The first criterion in choosing a vice president, it is said, is that he or she must be qualified to be president.

Yet there is another yardstick by which candidates measure running mates. Do they bring something to the table? Can they help with a critical voting bloc? Can they bring a crucial state?

Lyndon Johnson is regarded as a brilliant choice by JFK, though his brother Bobby, among others in the Kennedy camp, loathed LBJ. LBJ locked up Texas and helped bring home five other former Confederate states for the Roman Catholic nominee from Boston.