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It's time for the candidates to choose their running mates. Could Obama pick a Republican? And McCain an Indian-American? And is the job worth having anyway?

By Tumbler   July 2008

Running mate choices for Obama…

Veteran campaign strategists Karl Rove and Jim Carville don’t agree on much, but each maintains there are three dimensions involved in the choice of vice-presidential running mate. The first is the national stage: what does the ticket need for balance; does it require an ethnic, gender, geographic or generational solution, or experience in government? The second is the state factor: which marginal state needs a local champion to deliver it? The third is the policy question: where is the presidential candidate perceived to be weakest, and who could strengthen him?

Barack Obama’s perfect running mate…

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