Obama VP

May 31, 2008 at 2:30 am 3 comments

For the Democratic Veepstakes, I’ve got 6 candidates to join Obama:

Wes Clark is a retired 4 star general, West Point valedictorian, and Rhodes scholar. He has a lifetime of leadership, experience on the global stage, and a respected military career. Clark supported the war in Afghanistan but not the war in Iraq – a requirement for an Obama VP.  Clark, in his words, is: “pro-affirmative action, pro-choice, pro-education, pro-health care.” 

One month into his very first command in Vietnam, Clark was shot 4 times with an AK-47 during an attak.  Despite his wounds, Clark continued directing his men to counterattack and defeated the Viet Cong force. 

Clark is 64 years old, Catholic, and a military guy who was injured in vietnam…he’s a great balance for Obama and counter-balance to McCain. Having a “Hillary” person on his campaign would likely help out the Obama cause.  Also in his favor is what he’s not…Clark has not spent the last 20 years working in Washington, but at the same time he is familiar/experienced with the Washington environment.   

Other info: Army Ranger; Silver Star; Bronze Star (2); Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4); Legion of Merit (3); Presidential Medal of Freedom; Oxford degree – Philosophy, Politics, & Economics; Master’s Degree – Military Science; Veteran of Vietnam War; NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe; Commander of 3 peacekeeping deployments in Kuwait; Commander of Operation Allied Force – Kosovo;

I think Obama/Clark is unstoppable.  If you’re not familiar with Clark, see this great video:

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Bloomberg: Once onsidered himself a Democrat, but he joined the Republican party and was elected Mayor of NY in 01 and 05.  Then he changed again, leaving the Republican party.  Bi-partisanship is a plus.  But…there’s a point where switching back and forth becomes distasteful and is viewed as unpredictable. I don’t see him as the the VP.

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John Edwards: John has the blue collar connection. He speaks a very similar message to Obama. He has run for president twice, and vice-president once.  I think that he would love to be the president in 8 years. However, he’s said he’s not interested in another run as a VP. 

But…John voted for the war and defended that decision in 2004, saying he would still have voted for the war, even knowing what he knows today.  That’s a pretty big deal, he’s not likely to be asked to be the VP.   

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Tim Kaine: He was an early Obama supporter.  He is a big Obama-flag waver, a good trait for a VP. 

He’s from small-town-ville in the midwest, spent most of time in the Kansas City area.  He graduated from MU (Missouri) and Harvard.  He took a year to work with the Jesuits as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.  In law, he specialized in representing people who were denied housing opportunities becuase of their race.  He taught legal ethics for 6 years at the Univ. of Richmond.  He served on the Richmond city council, then was elected mayor, then lt. governor, then governor.  That means that like Clark, he also hasn’t spent the past 20 years in Washington.  He’s a very likely candidate – many feel like he’s the front runner. 

I think the top two candidates are Kaine and Clark. 

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Hillary Clinton: No chance.

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Joe Biden: US Senator from Delaware.  He’s the  6th longest serving among all current Senators.  He has been a presidential candidate

4 times.  He was born in Scranton (of Office fame).  He proudly announces his Irish Catholic heritage.  He’s a fierce opponent of the Bush policies and of McCain – a good trait in a VP.  He gets after it!  Check out this speech on the Senate floor – it’s really good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1op8vwF5UA
Joe has said publicly that he is not interested in being VP.  His multiple campaign runs seem to express a desire to be in the White House, but…whatever.  As a long-time Senator, he may not be the best fit for the Obama campaign.  His expertise in foreign affairs puts him in position to be Secretary of State. 

 

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  • 1. JSR  |  June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    What about AL GORE for VP!!!

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  • 2. goearth  |  June 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Anyone who got beat by George W….is not an option. 🙂

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  • 3. Mr. Cheeseburger 9000  |  June 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    obama needs to think outside of the box. while clark is a good candidate because he has the dichotomy of being a war general AND a democrat, he could be old news. one person that has the dichotomy is none other than Zohan. He would be a great VP pick.

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