Don’t wait until the GOP convention to name a vice presidential running mate. In 2008, the Republican convention was held over Labor Day weekend, and the vice presidential nominee had no time to get up to speed on the issues before Election Day. This year’s convention will be nearly as late, convening the weekend before Labor Day. Why not jump-start the process? The Democrats already have Vice President Biden to help them campaign. Republicans might consider naming someone once the presidential nomination is locked up this spring. There are plenty of great possibilities, including some prominent women such as the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina; and Gov. Susanna Martinez of New Mexico, to name a few. Better yet, put soon-to-be-former Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine on the ticket. Not only would it send a great signal to independent women, it would say a lot about changing the tone in Washington (that is, if you could talk her into it). At the very least, all of these women should be invited to be senior campaign surrogates this fall.
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