Don't Act Like You Want the #2 Spot… Unless You're Bill Richardson!
Who DOESN’T Want the VEEP Slot This Week:
According to the Boca Raton News, Michael Bloomberg said, “The Vice President is nothing more than a symbolic political figurehead who is not able to make a significant overall difference” He also mentioned he didn’t think he’d be much help: â€œIt adds a little luster to the podium. I think most vice presidents are selected on the basis of whether they can deliver home state and electoral votes.â€
Tim Pawlenty told CNN: “We talked about family and sports and politics and the like, but we did not discuss any talk about the vice presidential pick. I am very happy being the governor of the state of Minnesota.” He added that the vice presidency “is not something I have designs on.”
On June 16th, Joe Lieberman said he does not want the # 2 spot: “I think in this, as in so much else, [McCain] has his head screwed on right. I think he’s looking for somebody who shares his priorities and would be capable of being president.”
Who WANTS the #2 Job This Week (Or Who “Doesn’t Want It” –Â But Will Take It):
Bill Richardson talked about the vice presidency at a Council on Foreign Relations luncheon. “This is a decision that Sen. Obama needs to make — and you don’t need to make it now. Otherwise, what are we going to do at the Democratic convention in August?” Richardson also said he would be “honored” to be asked but that he “liked being a governor.” (Standard response, right?) Then, in a moment of obvious contradiction, questioners ask Richardson what qualities Obama should look for in a VEEP — and Richardson says, “Regional balance should be a top consideration. We’ve ignored the Southwest. We’ve ignored the Southwest Hispanic vote. If John Kerry had won New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado — states he lost by two or three percent — he’d be president today.” I’d say it sounds like he’d be more than happy to help.
Tom Ridge told Fox News: “If [McCain] asks me, we’ll have a private conversation and we’ll decide whether or not we ought to tell you what we said.” When asked about his pro-choice views, Ridge explained, “Obviously, the vice president’s job is to support once a decision is made, whether it’s on social issues, economic issues or diplomatic issues, the position of the president of the United States. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t share a belief that you’ve had your entire life. But again, those are really difficult and challenging questions when the vice president and the president disagree on a wide range of issues, but the vice president’s job is to support the administration.”
Joe Biden told NBC News: “If the candidate asks me to be vice president, the answer is I got to say yes. But he’s not going to ask me. Unlike most other people, I’m being straight with you. If asked, I will do it. I’ve made it clear I do not want to be asked.” He made mention of the historical nature of this election, adding, “Am I going to say to the first African-American candidate about to make history in the world that, ‘No, I will not help you out like you want me to’? Of course I’ll say yes.”
Chuck Hagel told the Associated Press: â€œIf it would occur, I would have to think about it. I think anybody, anybody would have to consider it. Doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™d do it, doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™d accept it, could be too many gaps there, but youâ€™d have to consider it, I mean, itâ€™s the only thing you could do. Why wouldnâ€™t you?â€
Mike Huckabee, on one hand told the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan: “I’m moving on with my life. I’m not waiting on the phone. I’m not seeking it â€” that’s the truth.” But then he also added, “The vice presidency is a job that no one ever seems to want and no one turns down.” He also mentioned his ability to excite the party’s base and win Southern Conservatives, adding, “Frankly a person, if not me, a person with similar background to me makes sense.”
What Are the Polls Saying?
Mitt Romney is leading the USA Today poll, with Colin Powell coming in a close second. Kathleen Sebelius and Hillary Clinton are doing worst in the poll. Joe Biden is leading the Democratic pack.
The Deseret News/KSL-TV poll found that 59 percent of registered voters surveyed said a McCain-Romney ticket would boost their support for McCain. Additionally, if Obama were to choose his former rival Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate, 57 percent of respondents say they would be less likely to vote for Obama.
A poll by the Arizona Daily Star found McCain’s top 3 running mate choices to be: Mike Huckabee (54%), Mitt Romney (26%) and Joe Lieberman (10%). Obama’s top 3 running mate choices are: Bill Richardson (27%), Hillary Clinton (24%) and Janet Napolitano (12%).