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  • A Last Look at the VP Picks as Biden’s Decision Looms July 29, 2020Lars EmersonA Last Look at the VP Picks as Biden's Decision LoomsWe’re finally at the precipice of the moment we’ve spent the entire year talking about: presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.  It’s been a wild year, beginning with a competitive Democratic primary, where we talked about our thoughts on whether the Democratic vice presidential candidate was already running and then unveiled our Vice ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 12 – 2008 – Biden v. Palin July 25, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 12 – 2008 – Biden v. PalinAs unpopular wars rage on, the economy collapses and Lars and Michael delve into Republican nominee John McCain’s miscalculation as he seeks a game changing vice presidential pick in Sarah Palin to counter the historic nomination of Barack Obama, who seeks a more traditional running mate with Joe Biden. 
  • Running Mates: Episode 11 – 2004 – Edwards v. Cheney July 11, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 11 – 2004 – Edwards v. CheneyAmidst the War on Terror, President George W. Bush and his VP, Dick Cheney, are up for reelection against Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. In what turns into a presidential contest over their respective military records, patriotism, and foreign policy credentials, Kerry chooses, and later would regret having done so, North Carolina Senator John Edwards as ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 10 – 2000 – Cheney v. Lieberman (Part 2) June 27, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 10 - 2000 - Cheney v. Lieberman (Part 2)In the part two of our 2000 election episode, Lars and Michael discuss who Democratic candidate Al Gore should have put on the ticket instead of Joe Lieberman. They conclude with a broad analysis of the 2000 election, the direction of the parties and decisions they made at this point, and set the stage for ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 9 – 2000 – Cheney v. Lieberman (Part 1) June 20, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 9 - 2000 - Cheney v. Lieberman (Part 1)In the part one of our 2000 election episode, the impeached president Bill Clinton’s Vice President Al Gore runs for the presidency and picks Joe Lieberman to try and distance himself from Clinton. Meanwhile, Republicans seek a compassionate conservative and land on George W. Bush, who tasks Dick Cheney with finding a vice presidential candidate ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 8 – 1996 – Kemp v. Gore June 6, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 8 – 1996 – Kemp v. GorePresident Bill Clinton and his vice president, Al Gore, are up for reelection and after a bruising midterm two years prior, Democrats have moved decisively to the center. Republicans face a crisis of confidence and their candidate, Bob Dole chooses throwback Jack Kemp as his running mate to try and remind Republicans of their past, ...
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