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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:14 pm    Post subject: Who are the front runners? Reply with quote

Forgive me if I am missing the obvious, but what are the relative rankings of the candidates for the various parties, as of today? Who would get the nod, had anyone chosen a running mate yet? Has anyone dropped out?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what Fox has to say.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/index.html

Giuliani
Thompson
McCain
Romney

Clinton
Obama
Edwards
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOX is pretty much rate on.

Clinton will get the Dem. nomination.

The Republican nomination is up in the air and could go ANY way
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, just how do people who get the nod for their party, chose their running mate? This is a part of American politics that I do not understand. Is it solely up to the person running for president? Does the party hand them a list that they pick from? Does some shady organization tell them?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found it on Wikipedia.
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The vice presidential candidates of the major national political parties are formally selected by each party's quadrennial nominating convention. The official process is identical to the one by which the presidential candidates are chosen, with delegates placing the names of candidates into nomination, followed by a ballot in which candidates must receive a majority to secure the party's nomination. However, it has long been the custom that the nominee for president announces his selection of a running mate, and the person selected is then accepted by the convention.

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The last presidential candidate to not name a vice presidential choice, leaving the matter up to the convention, was Democrat Adlai Stevenson in 1956. The convention chose Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver over Massachusetts Senator (and later president) John F. Kennedy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V.....ted_States

So, I guess the short answer is the presidential candidate picks whomever he wants. The longer answer is, the party picks the vice-presidential candidate, on the recommendation of the presidential candidate.

PS. Has anyone announced preferred running mates yet? I have not heard anything on this front.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westmanguy wrote:
FOX is pretty much rate on.

Clinton will get the Dem. nomination.

The Republican nomination is up in the air and could go ANY way


Me thinks Hitlery (excuse me, Hillary) will get the Dems' nomination and won't be elected cuz she is so hated south of the border.

And as for GOP, I think Guilliani will be the nominee.

We'll see in less than 3 months.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kwla: I believe the nominees won't officially announce their preferred running mate until they are well into the primaries. At least that is what I remember from the last American presidential election.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that I also do not know the strategic significance, if any, of the timing of announcing your running mate. Any thoughts on that?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats right, Election time isn't that far away now!

almost exactly 1 year until the vote for a new President!

We'll know the candidates in 3 months!

American Politics are so exciting!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just from my experience and what I've heard, I don't think the running mate matters at all. All you have to do is see the ratings of a vice-presidential debate. They're usually abysmal.

However, after Cheney, I think that may change. I think the American pubic has recognized that he has been the most powerful VP in history, and may start paying attention to this post.
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