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The candidates face the tricky choice of running mates. Can the Obama love-in last? Plus, the neocons rally to McCain, but did he nearly join the Democrats in 2001?

By Tumbler   March 2008

That tricky vice-presidential choice

The candidates’ selection of running mate may be crucial. John McCain would like to steal the centre ground by picking his closest chum in the Senate, former Democratic Veep candidate Joe Lieberman, now an independent who usually votes with the Dems. But that would outrage his surly conservative base, so McCain may go for Florida governor Charlie Crist. The conservatives, though, are demanding a woman: the stodgy but sound Texas senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Hillary Clinton has a shortlist of two, each picked to deliver a marginal state: charisma-challenged Indiana senator Evan Bayh…

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