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Will There Be a Madame Vice President Not Named Hillary?

Three women, none named Hillary Clinton, are on Politico's short list of potential Barack Obama running mates. They include: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

They all bring red state credentials, have avoided focusing on gender during their campaigns, and are not considered polarizing figures by Republicans in their home states.

For some background info on each potential running mate,


From the article:

  • Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: Sebelius, who won the governorship two times with a Republican runningmate, knows how to win over Republicans. She also has some serious swing state cred — her father was a two-term governor in Ohio.
  • Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano: Napolitano is an extremely politically savvy former federal prosecutor. She has managed to address controversial issues like immigration, while protecting her popularity.
  • Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill: McCaskill probably is a long shot, considering she is a Senator like Obama, but she has proven her ability to appeal to rural Missourian voters. Her populist flavor may help Obama appeal to voters that were inclined to vote for Clinton.

As obnoxious as it is, I'm not convinced the Democrats are willing to place their bets on a "two firsts" ticket. But, maybe Barack will appeal to Hillary's base by tapping a well qualified and otherwise strategically useful woman for the VP spot. Should these demographics be considered at all when choosing a Vice Presidential candidate?


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LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I still have money on Wesley Clark.
stephley stephley 9 years
Two are from the midwest like Obama and none of them would bolster the ticket's foreign policy or military experience to help sway white guys.
janneth janneth 9 years
Hillary might have been pres, but then O came along. She might have been VP, but then she started saying horrible things. The Bobby Kennedy thing sealed her fate.
janneth janneth 9 years
yes yes and yes.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I don't know about these ladies yet. But I do know that I do NOT want Hillary in the White House.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Gov. from Kansas seems the better pick of the bunch to me.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
There are so many good options out there! I find it kind of funny that so many organizations like Politico put out THEIR short list of possibilities...but they kind of imply they got this impression from the Obama camp. No one knows!
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
I want to see him run with the Kansas Gov. We don't need another Ohio crapout in the election.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Hmm... now Napolitano would be interesting. An openly gay VP and a black Pres... talk about a new era. But it would be interesting to see which side AZ voters would sway to, since John McCain is from this state too.
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