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Sat Feb 25, 2017, 04:55 PM

I have a really dumb question

I have always wondered why the winner of our primary doesn't choose the runner up as VP. Example: Clinton with Bernie as VP? It would be the best way to rally the most Dems for the actual election. Sorry if this topic has been covered, I am new to this forum stuff and politics in general.

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Reply I have a really dumb question (Original post)
LOL Lib Feb 2017 OP
AgadorSparticus Feb 2017 #1
LOL Lib Feb 2017 #3
no_hypocrisy Feb 2017 #2
LOL Lib Feb 2017 #5
Ilsa Feb 2017 #4
LOL Lib Feb 2017 #6
4139 Feb 2017 #7
LOL Lib Feb 2017 #8

Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 04:57 PM

1. I would think that they would have to work together. It may not be a good fit.

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Response to AgadorSparticus (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:03 PM

3. Thanks!

Yeah I understand that could be a problem. Maybe I understate the whole situation in my own mind. It just seems that 2 adults who want to help the country could manage to set aside small differences to help us fight the repug enemy. Thanks again!

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 04:59 PM

2. Something similar happened before the primary system.

Party bosses in smoked-filled rooms would choose the candidates to run. That's how a haberdasher like Harry S. Truman ended up as the last VP of FDR: the bosses wanted him.

The primary system adopted democracy to choose the President, but not the vice president, taking the choice away from the voters.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:09 PM

5. So...

There is really nothing to "prohibit" the candidate from choosing the runner-up other than ego and or some back office politics that none of us would be privy to. I realize that my question was even dumber than I originally thought lol. Politics is just not as simple as what "makes the most sense."

Thanks for the response!

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:07 PM

4. Many considerations go into that decision.

They may choose a politician from a state to shore up support for that state's electoral college votes.

The presidential candidate might want someone with extensive experience in an area where they have a weakness.

The runner-up may be too philosophically different, or may be hard to work with.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:10 PM

6. Good point!

I did think about how Tim Kaine was a good choice because he helped us in Virginia. Thanks!

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:30 PM

7. Only happened once recently, Reagan picked Bush....

And it did help Reagan.... it stopped most intra-Party fighting.

Unlike most primary fights republicans in 1980 was a close fight like our in 2008 and 2016.

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Response to 4139 (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 10:52 PM

8. Thanks for the reply.

It seems like exactly what our party needed, especially given the history of how difficult it is for a party to grab a 3rd term in the WH. I get so frustrated looking back at what could have been done to keep the evil DrumpfenNazi from forever being a stain on our Nation. As they say hindsight is 20/20. I just hope that some good comes from this, like maybe the Dems improve their strategy, teamwork, and try to appeal to an even bigger majority.

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