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  • If Trump Runs in 2024, Who Will Be His Running Mate? January 19, 2021Lars EmersonIf Trump Runs in 2024, Who Will Be His Running Mate?In 2019, we ran a piece about President Trump’s upcoming reelection and his relationship with Vice President Mike Pence — who we dubbed “the one man in the administration that President Trump cannot fire.” The article centered on whether or not Trump would drop Pence from the ticket, how it might play out, the historical ...
  • Evaluating Our 2020 Presidential Ratings December 4, 2020Lars EmersonWith every state now called in the race for the presidency, it’s official: Joe Biden has won the election, becoming the first nominee to successfully unseat an incumbent president in almost 30 years. The Biden ticket featured the first ever woman of color on a major party presidential ticket, picked up states that Democrats haven’t ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 16 – Series Finale – 2020 – Harris v. Pence September 19, 2020Lars EmersonIn our series finale at the height of the 2020 election, Lars and Michael dive into a year wracked by a presidential impeachment, the coronavirus, and national protests, and explore Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate as they challenge Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the upcoming fall.
  • Running Mates: Episode 15 – 2016 – Pence v. Kaine (Part 2) August 29, 2020Lars EmersonIn the part two of our 2016 election episode, Lars and Michael unpack their running mate choices for Hillary Clinton, argue about whether keeping Senate seats should be a priority, and end with the big conclusions about the vice presidential candidates this year.
  • Running Mates: Episode 14 – 2016 – Pence v. Kaine (Part 1) August 22, 2020Lars EmersonIn the part one of our 2016 election episode, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taps Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, while reality television star and businessman Donald Trump is nominated by the Republican Party and picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence in order to win over conservative and religious voters.
  • Running Mates: Episode 13 – 2012 – Ryan v. Biden August 8, 2020Lars EmersonWith America still recovering from the Great Recession, Republican nominee Mitt Romney chooses “mini-Mitt” Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to hit incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on the big issue of the day: the economy.
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