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  • Joe Biden’s Strongest Potential Running Mates April 14, 2020Lars EmersonJoe Biden's Strongest Potential Running MatesJust like that, it’s over. Now that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the Democratic primary, former Vice President Joe Biden begins the march towards his coronation in Milwaukee (maybe) in August as the Democrats’ nominee for president. A major step in that march is the selection of a vice presidential running mate; ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 4 – 1980 – Bush v. Mondale April 11, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 4 - 1980 - Bush v. MondaleWith Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale up for reelection, Lars and Michael discuss the foreign policy and economic crises that perpetuate a strong challenge from Ronald Reagan, who placates establishment Republicans by putting George H.W. Bush on the ticket.
  • When Will Joe Biden Announce His Running Mate? April 8, 2020Lars EmersonWhen Will Joe Biden Announce His Running Mate?Now that he is the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden will begin turning his attention towards uniting the Democratic Party and defeating Donald Trump this autumn. This shift in focus will require him to make an important choice that will provide him an opportunity to do both: choosing his vice presidential running mate.  Save for the ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 3 – 1976 – Mondale v. Dole March 28, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 3 - 1976 - Mondale v. DoleLars and Michael discuss the first post-Watergate presidential election and how Gerald Ford fails to excite or unite his party by picking Bob Dole as his running mate, while Jimmy Carter manages to capture optimism and credibility with Walter Mondale.
  • The Race is Down to Two Candidates. Their Strongest VP Picks Are Almost Identical. March 12, 2020Lars EmersonThe Race is Down to Two Candidates. Their Strongest VP Picks Are Almost Identical.And just like that, what was once the largest primary field in modern history, became what it was always probably destined to be: a slug fest between the moderates and the left, personified respectively by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In the days before Super Tuesday, the legions of moderates ...
  • Running Mates: Episode 2 – 1972 – Shriver v. Agnew February 22, 2020Lars EmersonRunning Mates: Episode 2 - 1972 - Shriver v. AgnewLars and Michael discuss Richard Nixon’s deliberation over whether or not to keep his vice president, Spiro Agnew, on the ticket and take a deep dive into the bleak prospects for the Democratic nominee George McGovern and his struggle to even find a running mate in the first place.
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