McCain now has to pick a vice presidential nominee!!!!!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Now that he is the Republican presidential nominee,has a big decision ahead of him — who to choose as his vice presidential running mate.
A top priority for him is to pick a running mate whose presence on the ticket would reassure Americans concerned about McCain’s age.
McCain is 71 years old and would be the oldest person ever elected to a first presidential term. He has survived a bout with melanoma and suffered harsh treatment as aprisoner of war. – Yahoo News
Wow, he’s 71!!??! Now I know why Chuck Norris was scared that the vice president will take his place. I really don’t think age is a big issue. If his health was as bad as Dick Cheney then there may be a cause for concern, but I think it should be fine. Although a vice president like Huckabee wouldn’t hurt.
Voters do not typically base their vote on the vice presidential choice but they do want to be assured that the running mate would be able to take over if the president were to die or become incapacitated.
When questions arose about‘s age (69) during the 1980 election, Reagan picked one of the men he had vanquished for the Republican presidential nomination, , and Bush’s reassuring presence largely silenced questions about Reagan.
It is a scenario not lost on the McCain team, which is waiting to seal the Republican presidential nomination before launching a search for the No. 2.
“For Reagan in 1980, age was a big question, was a bigger issue than it is for McCain,” said McCain adviser Charlie Black. “The day Reagan picked, it went away. People looked at it and said, ‘Oh, we know this guy, we know he can handle it.” – Yahoo News
Look at Reagan, he was only 2 years younger than McCain and he was fine.
By contrast, Americans were so disenchanted with Bush’s vice president, Dan Quayle, that the Bush team considered but decided against dumping Quayle from the ticket in the elder Bush’s 1992 re-election bid, which he lost.
McCain aides made clear McCain is a long way from picking someone, saying the campaign had not yet even begun to set up process by which to evaluate potential vice presidential nominees.
“Obviously there’ll have to be decisions on who would be in charge, and how the vetting process would work,” said one.
, a presidential historian, said McCain has a compelling history as a former Navy fighter pilot and long-time Arizona senator.
“But at 71 years old and afflicted with cancer and a life that has brutalized his body in many ways, I think who he picks is going to be very, very important,” Brinkley said. “You’re really looking at somebody who over an eight-year period could be president.” – Yahoo News
Okay, I take back what I said about Dick Cheney. He does need a younger Vice President. Like I said earlier, Huckabee. [Is it only me or does everyone else like to call him by his last name, Huckabee, it’s fun to say!]
It does not necessarily mean McCain must pick someone far younger.
“I don’t think you’re going to balance the ticket on age,” said Republican strategist Scott Reed. “Pick someone who is going to help you win and who can step in and serve as president if there is a crisis.”
Brinkley said the most reassuring person McCain could pick in the Republican Party would be retired Gen., a former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military position in the Defense Department.
Powell, 70, has said he does not want the job but Brinkley said Republican Party elders might be able to persuade him.
“Powell is someone everyone could imagine as president,” Brinkley said.
Two possibilities include Florida Gov., 51, who could help McCain win the in the November election, and Minnesota Gov. , 47, who could do the same in .
There are plenty of other names:, who says she does not want it; or South Carolina Gov. ; Gov. ; Texas Gov. , and former White House budget director , a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from . – Yahoo News
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