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Will Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Pick Make a Difference?

Will Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Pick Make a Difference?

With his victory in Tuesday’s Texas primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney officially locked up the GOP 2012 presidential nomination. Attention is now focused on Romney’s selection of a vice presidential nominee to join him on his ticket. Political observers have long debated how much a candidate’s VP choice can help his campaign, be it winning over a key demographic or securing a swing state. Vice presidential choices have been thought to hurt a candidate’s chances as well. Some believe that  Sen. John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, a Tea Party-beloved Alaskan governor who proved to be unschooled on many policy issues, hurt his chances against then-Sen. Barack Obama. The pressure is now on Romney to not make the same mistake, but also to pick someone that may help him with the portions of the electorate he struggled to impress during a tumultuous primary process. But will his selection even matter? Here is the Debate Club’s take:


The Arguments

#1
106 Pts
Romney's VP Choice Could Mean His Success or Failure

Yes – Romney's VP Choice Could Mean His Success or Failure

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#2
47 Pts
Romney's Vice Presidential Pick Will Matter--But Only a Little

Yes – Romney's Vice Presidential Pick Will Matter--But Only a Little

David Crockett Author of 'Running Against the Grain: How Opposition Candidates Win Presidential Elections'

#3
25 Pts
Romney's VP Choice Shows What Kind of 'Decider' He Will Be

Yes – Romney's VP Choice Shows What Kind of 'Decider' He Will Be

Michael Marshall Policy Adviser and Communications Director to Former Sen. Bob Dole

#4
-9 Pts
Romney's VP Pick Will Be Low Risk, Low Reward

No – Romney's VP Pick Will Be Low Risk, Low Reward

Lara Brown Author of 'Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants'

#5
-15 Pts
Even a Great No. 2 Pick Won't Save a Second-Rate Campaign

No – Even a Great No. 2 Pick Won't Save a Second-Rate Campaign

Jamie Chandler Political Scientist at Hunter College


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