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Veepstakes—Who will the front-runners run with?

Hollywood, MD - By now one thing should be abundantly clear to America’s political junkies—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the standard-bearers for Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 Presidential Election.

While there is open talk among certain GOP figures of mounting a “Stop Trump” campaign before the Cleveland convention this summer, keep in mind these are the same geniuses who couldn’t build any momentum for any of the other candidates (nearly 20 of them) last summer when the thinning of the herd began.

Assuming she isn’t indicted, Clinton has a nearly insurmountable lead over Senator Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side. If the Democrats have a backup plan in case Clinton is indicted, it likely involves Vice President Joe Biden, not Sanders.

In no way should anyone living in a state like Maryland, where the primary has yet to occur, give voting a miss. There are plenty of other important General Election races that need to be shaped in the primary and the presidential races have not been settled mathematically.

However, now it’s time for pundits to turn their attention to who the frontrunners are likely to select as running mates.

Starting with Trump—the conventional pundits believe he’ll select one of the vanquished—or soon to be vanquished—male candidates to run for vice president. The names mentioned most often are Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Cruz and Kasich, however, are still in the race and that only means the acrimonious feelings are going to get stronger. Perhaps a better choice in that category would be Mike Huckabee or Chris Christie—whose stoic pose can’t help but remind one of Al Gore when he was Bill Clinton’s vice president. Ben Carson would be a better possibility since he, like Trump, does not hold elective office. That would send a message that career politicians need not apply for service in President Trump’s executive branch.

If Trump decides gender balance for his ticket would be good, another nonpolitician and ex- presidential candidate—former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina—might be his top choice.

A better choice, however, would be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (pictured, above). While Trump has leveled criticism at the George W. Bush Administration during the campaign, Rice would bring gender, race and geographical balance to the ticket, as well as experience in foreign affairs. The sometimes tacky Trump could use some tactful diplomacy in his brain trust. Many of her Facebook friends have been urging Rice to enter the presidential race but aren’t getting any “likes” from her when the subject comes up on threads.

Clinton’s frequently mentioned vice presidential possibilities include Virginia’s junior senator and former governor, Tim Kaine; and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. There has also been talk that Sanders might be asked to run on the ticket.

A better choice for Clinton might be Minnesota Senator Al Franken (pictured, right). His comedic skills make Franken’s presence on the ticket a possible way to strategically counter Trump’s showmanship. While he is a comedian, Franken is also Ivy League-educated and the author of several books. Not everything is a gag with him. He would also bring gender and geographic balance to the Democrats’ ticket.

Who would you choose if you were one of the major candidates? Who do you think will be the chosen ones? Let us know your opinion.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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