Vice-President Clinton?

One thing I'd like to quickly get out of the way: now that the two candidates for president are Barack Obama and John McCain, I am officially endorsing Barack Obama. Wonderful: with that out of the way, let's get rolling. 

Since the Democratic National Convention, many people have questioned whether or not Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate. Some supporters of Hillary Clinton's initial run for president began a campaign, "...to pressure Senator Barack Obama into choosing her as a running mate," (thanks NYTimes).  According to the article, Clinton stopped the campaign, saying that it was up to Obama to decide, and no one else.

On this issue, I think Clinton is definitely right. As we have been told since elementary school, we each need to solve our own problems. So yes, Obama needs to solve his Vice-Presidential candidate problem by himself.

It seems to me, though, that Obama has several good options of potential candidates, including his previous opponents in the primary race, including John Edwards, and even Denis Kucinich.

Potential Candidates:

Hillary Clinton: From the beginning, I have stated that Clinton and Obama share many of the same platforms. It seems to me that having Clinton as a running mate would also be good for the Democrats as a whole. A number of Clinton's supporters said that they would rather vote for McCain than Obama. If Obama and Clinton were both on the ticket, they would be able to grab a larger number of votes than if Obama ran with another vice president.

John Edwards: A while back, during the Democratic Primary race, I had endorsed Senator Edwards. I have agreed with many of his positions, particularly on abortion and health care. Having Edwards on the ballot could also help Obama appeal to Southern white voters who might otherwise vote for McCain.

Denis Kucinich: Okay, I'll be the first to admit it: when I first saw Kucinich, I thought he was a little weird. What with the large, varying assortment of things he "always" carries in his pocket, I thought he was a bit too weird. However, he grew on me over time, and upon investigation into his positions, I found that he has stood for many important issues (in my opinion) over the years: voting against the PATRIOT Act, he is pro-choice, and has criticized Diebold Electric Solutions for its continued marketing of faulty electric voting machines. It seems to me that having an Obama/Kucinich ticket wouldn't be that bad of a thing.

Patty Murray: Senior Senator from Washington state, Patty Murray vote against the authorization for invading Iraq back in 2002, saying that "... our armed forces will prevail... but what happens after the war?... we will be obligated to rebuild Iraq?... 'if you break it, you buy it.'" She foresaw the problems that we are facing now: an initial victory, but now a violent mess. Senator Murray has also supported pro-environment legislation. An Obama/Murray ticket could help Obama pick up the environmentalist vote in the national election.

Barbara Boxer: Last, but certainly not least. The junior senator from California is pro-choice (which as you have probably already picked up on, is something very important to me), has voted against Arctic Oil Drilling, introduced the National Oceans Protection Act, and has worked, "...with Senator Gordon Smith to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis globally." (Wiki) It seems to me that an Obama/Boxer ticket would appeal to male and female voters alike, with the help of Boxer compassion for real human issues.

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Now, I have no idea  what the probability of any of these individuals being selected is, but if any of them are, it seems to me that the Democrats may end up with a good shot at the White House.

Koli_Mitra's picture

Kucinich could "carry" it off

If nothing else, his willingness to make fun of himself
as he did about his bottomless pockets on the Colbert Report
is certainly something to recommend him!

Koli_Mitra | June 14, 2008 - 9:45pm