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Presidents & Near-Presidents I Have Knownnew

With Barack Obama's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration practically upon us, my thoughts have turned to the very complex subject of American presidents. As I contemplated the subject, I had an odd revelation. It happens that I have spent a not inconsiderable amount of time around presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  12-04-2008  |  Commentary

Man Up, Charlie Crist: Make Your Own Macho Would-Be Veep!new

It's crunch time in the Republican VP sweepstakes. If Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants to win, he has to outrun the rumor he's light in the loafers. Getting engaged was a good start, but he needs an extreme makeover to be straight enough for the family-values crew.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Thomas Francis  |  08-12-2008  |  Commentary

Gov. Phil Bredesen as Obama Veep? Seriously?new

He's praised as a possible Obama running mate -- too bad our governor isn't programmed to function as a Democrat.
Nashville Scene  |  Jeff Woods  |  08-11-2008  |  Politics

Who's Obama Gonna Bring as His Partner to the Dance?new

The importance of vice-president selections is always overrated. But in Obama's case, it will have more importance than usual, since voters will use this first "presidential" decision to size up his approach to governing. And in a close election, the selection could prove critical.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  06-19-2008  |  Commentary

Tim Pawlenty Flip-Flops on Cuba Just in Time to Cozy Up to McCainnew

In late April, the fiscally conservative, free-trade Republican Governor from Minnesota, vetoed a non-binding resolution urging the president and Congress to end the embargo, which surprised some local Cuban-Americans. Of course, the elephant in the room is Pawlenty's Pennsylvania Avenue ambitions.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Matt Snyders  |  06-11-2008  |  Politics

The Democratic Veepstakes Winners

Colin Powell and other vice president picks so crazy they might just work for Obama.
The Inlander  |  Ted S. McGregor Jr.  |  06-11-2008  |  Commentary

As He Eyes VP Slot, Sen. Jim Webb Presents a New Version of Himselfnew

It certainly hasn't escaped our notice that Webb has undergone a bit of a personality transfer as of late, and seems to be mellowing into a slightly-less-combative, slightly-more-effective version of the tough-talking SOB that we've come to know and ... well, maybe not love, but at least regard with brotherly affection.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Dan Catalano  |  06-11-2008  |  Commentary

Eric Cantor's VP Shot? Long, Observers Saynew

The National Journal, Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch and a flurry of bloggers all have made recent mentions of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor as a possible Republican vice-presidential nominee. But when it comes to handicapping, operatives and experts remain skeptical of his chances.
Style Weekly  |  Amy Biegelsen  |  06-11-2008  |  Politics

The Most Important Quality in a 2008 VP Candidate: Don't Be Cheneynew

"Anybody but Cheney" in 2008 can be taken symbolically as well as literally. Obama and McCain should not pick people who given the chance would take the country in exactly the opposite direction the people want it to go and that the candidate promised it would go.
Arkansas Times  |  Ernest Dumas  |  05-30-2008  |  Commentary

If the Election Was Held Tomorrow, We'd Have a McCain-Obama Tienew

Making a projection today allows us to see, regionally speaking, where each candidate is strong and weak, and which states each must defend or pick off. Strategically, it can also help us to see how the candidates might plot their vice-presidential choices or an unusual strategy in order to put together a successful electoral coalition.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  05-15-2008  |  Commentary

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