It’s official: John Kerry’s going hunting. Or at least organizing a posse. This week his campaign announced the formation of a committee to vet a list of candidates for Vice President. Each V.P. wannabee is being weighed and measured according to how much media sizzle and electoral steak they can bring to the ticket.
Can Edwards help Kerry win the South? Will Gephardt help deliver the Midwest? Will Bill Richardson move Latino voters to the polls? Or would a bold cross-party grab for John McCain rally independent voters and bring the pundits to their knees? Most politicos agree, it’s not about finding the candidate with the political chops to stand a heartbeat away from the presidency. It’s about finding the one who can bring votes and vigor to the ticket.
Geraldine Ferraro, former U.S. Congresswoman and 1984 vice presidential candidate to Walter Mondale
David Greenberg, professor of History and Political Science at Yale, author of “Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image”
David Nyhan, Political Columnist and Commentator for the Eagle-Tribune Newspaper chain