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  • Catherine Cortez Masto Would Have Been a Great Running Mate for Biden June 2, 2020Lars EmersonCatherine Cortez Masto Would Have Been a Great Running Mate for BidenUnless you’ve been following this website and our obsession with vice presidential picks, you’re probably not very familiar with Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Cortez Masto’s name started to make headlines after Joe Biden made a pledge to select a woman as his running mate, but she was still largely overshadowed by more widely-known senators ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 7 – 1992 – Gore v. Quayle May 23, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 7 – 1992 – Gore v. QuayleThe Cold War has ended and President George H.W. Bush and his vice president, Dan Quayle, are running for reelection in a tough economy. Republicans push Bush to drop Quayle from the ticket but he stays the course to take on Bill Clinton, who makes the unusual choice of naming neighboring southern Senator Al Gore ...
  • There are Three New Faces on the VP Tracker, One of Them is Now Biden’s Strongest Running Mate May 13, 2020Lars EmersonThere are Three New Faces on the VP Tracker, One of Them is Now Biden's Strongest Running MateVeepstakes season may have come early this year, but as you may know, we’ve been tracking the strongest vice presidential picks for all of the potential Democratic candidates for some time. This week, we’ve added a few new names to the tracker based on recent speculation and media attention. The highest profile name has been talked ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 6 – 1988 – Bentsen v. Quayle May 9, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 6 – 1988 – Bentsen v. QuayleThe Reagan years are coming to an end and his vice president, George H.W. Bush is running for president himself against Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis. Lars and Michael discuss Bush’s pick of young Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as his running mate and Dukakis’ selection of the more mature Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen in what proves ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 5 – 1984 – Ferraro v. Bush April 25, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 5 - 1984 - Ferraro v. BushWalter Mondale figures he needs a game changing vice presidential pick to have any chance against the Reagan-Bush reelection in 1984. Lars and Michael discuss how Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on a major party presidential ticket, holds up as a running mate, and the long odds Mondale faced regardless of his vice presidential pick.
  • You Can Now Look at All of the Possible 2020 Presidential Nominees in the VP Tracker April 16, 2020Lars EmersonYou Can Now Look at All of the Possible 2020 Presidential Nominees in the VP TrackerNow that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, tracking the strongest vice presidential picks for each potential candidate has lost a bit of its luster. I put out a piece regarding the strongest picks for Biden, but because all of the code was still lying around, we’ve reverted the vice presidential tracker back to ...
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