April Madness Veepstakes

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'tis the season for brackets. And the PoJu loves a gimmick. So do we, in fact. Since we're wildly speculating this week about possible running mates for the prez candidates, you can find Ken Rudin's Perspicacious Picks for Vice President — tourney style, and on the GOP side, if you click on the image to the left. Granted, none of these possibles will be meeting on the court (or the bowling alley, despite April Fools Day fun), but it sure is fun to pick 'em.

Political Junkie Rudin (PoJuRu) also stopped by with more trivia questions (my, is he well-rested!) — too many, in fact, to include in the mere 38 minutes we give him each week. So if you want to win kudos from Rudin (Krudins), riddle me this:

Context: Sen. Joe Lieberman is rumored as a possible VP choice for McCain.

Question:Who was the last person to run for Veep with two different men at the top of the ticket?

Answer correctly, and you've got bragging rights for at least a week. Or until the real tourney overtakes political buzz.



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My pick is Kathleen Sebelius. I think George Will was right on a few months ago when saying that strategic considerations in choosing a VP are overrated. People talk about strategic reasons for Jim Webb and other but to me the most important qualification for a VP is the qualification to ascend to the presidency through succession or a tragedy. I don't want Jim Webb for president or Wes Clark or Joe Biden. I like a Kathleen Sebelius presidency. And she probably delivers Kansas in the general.

Sent by Keith Hood | 2:12 PM | 4-2-2008

Please include more basic information on polls. Otherwise they are worthless. Included at least: number of people polled, date polled, exact question asked.

Sent by susan | 2:22 PM | 4-2-2008

Fantasy Ticket
McCain- Clinton
Two solid middle of the road bipartisan politicians who are both afraid to admit it.

Sent by Dave | 2:23 PM | 4-2-2008

My pick is Gladis Night for Jhon MCain then he could have the frist women, african american and Mormon in one person.

Sent by Darrin Simpson | 2:27 PM | 4-2-2008

Would you please comment on the possible role of Al Gore in a Democratic administration, and how such a partnership might influence or be influenced by the VP nominations. Thank you.

Sent by Eli | 2:28 PM | 4-2-2008

Sen. Joe Biden was clearly the most qualified for the Presidency at the beginning of this process. Either, Obama or Clinton would help themselves and the Nation by choosing him as their V.P.

Sent by Ralph Bendel | 2:28 PM | 4-2-2008

Seeing the things that Chuck Hagel has been saying on TV in several places in recent days (promoting his new book), he'd make a perfect VP for Obama. He brings the military and security credentials, is solidly against the conduct of the war, and fits Obama's promise to reach across the aisle.

Sent by Chris | 2:29 PM | 4-2-2008

Bill Richardson would be an excellent choice with his congressional, executive experience, plus foreign policy.

Sent by Pat | 2:29 PM | 4-2-2008

Barack Obama and Colin Powell. Race aside, these men are intelligent and provide us with strengths in both domestic and foreign issues

Sent by Ruth Meissner | 2:30 PM | 4-2-2008

Obama/Chuck Haggle

Sent by paul oechsle ( xlee) | 2:33 PM | 4-2-2008

Obama - Edwards

That would rock my world right there. :)

Sent by Fiona | 2:35 PM | 4-2-2008

Probably a realistic VP for both Democrats would by my state's Gov Strickland.

Sent by Matt from Ohio | 2:36 PM | 4-2-2008

My dream ticket would be Obama-Richardson

Sent by Carol | 2:36 PM | 4-2-2008

Obama/Schwarzenegger Ticket

Sent by Kevin | 2:37 PM | 4-2-2008

I agree regarding Kathleen Sebelius. She is a very popular governor in a strong Republican state. She would also appeal to former Clinton supporters.

Sent by Janice Woolery | 2:37 PM | 4-2-2008

Richardson is Hispanic, has executive experience as governor of New Mexico, foreign policy experience as UN Ambassador and is a westerner. Good mix.

Sent by Lauress Ackman | 2:37 PM | 4-2-2008

Clinton Gore. Not Bill and Al. Hill and Al. Trust me, this will work. We the people elected Al as president once, only to have him defeated by judicial fiat, and as vice twice. He still has the popularity, assuming he wants the job.

Sent by MARK HENDERSON | 2:39 PM | 4-2-2008

My hope for Obama's running mate is Gen. Wesley Clark. As Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, he has extensive foreign policy and military experience that Obama will need to compete with McCain's 'war hero' image.

Sent by Adam | 2:40 PM | 4-2-2008

Please correct the listener who added the percent of the population that is female (51%) and the percent of the population that is African American (14%) -- thus rendering all women white and all African American males. Reminds me of the title of a book by African American feminists: "All the Women were White, All the Blacks were Men, But Some of Us are Brave."

Also, take it from a feminist who voted for Obama: Casey would be a terrible choice for him if he wants to woo back feminist women, given the Casey family's opposition to Choice.

Sent by Ellen Mutari | 2:40 PM | 4-2-2008

What about Lee Hamilton for Obama?

Sent by Nate | 2:41 PM | 4-2-2008

I started to dream about a President Obama shortly after his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention (which my wife attended, so I watched closely on TV). My first thoughts back then were Obama/ (John) Edwards, which at the time seemed so unlikely, given Senator Edwards's Presidential ambitions. Now, however, I believe he would be receptive to the call. Youth, optimism, civility....I can dream, can't I?

Sent by Edward | 2:44 PM | 4-2-2008

Wes Clark would in a real world be a good, functional choice to compliment Obama.

Sent by Chuck Richey | 2:49 PM | 4-2-2008

fantasy ticket -
i want obama to win the delegate count and the popular election, but then have it stolen by Hilary. it will disgust the democrats proving she is the ultimate insider and obama won't be able accept a vice president position. these actions would leave to door open for a Kucinich, Paul ticket. it's perfect you get the votes from libertarian republicans (my father) who are sick of this war and sagging economy. and you'd get the socialist 24 year olds, (myself) that never wanted us in this war. not only would these two have us out of iraq immediately but we'd have billions of dollars funneled towards renewable energy research and for once a real conversation happening in washington. what better way to land in the middle than being pulled from the two extremes with no care for the worthless political parties of our current system.

Sent by ian corral | 2:50 PM | 4-2-2008

My Democratic 'dream ticket' would be Barack Obama for President and Sen. Carl Levin, of Michigan, for VP. Levin voted against the War in Iraq and, coming from Michigan, his choice would go a long way toward soothing the hurt feelings among Michigan Democrats over the primary rules dispute. Also, he has a lot of experience and would added 'gravitas' to the ticket.

Sent by Bill Michael | 2:53 PM | 4-2-2008

Dream this: Deadlocked Democratic convention, neither candidate will give way. Uncompromising compromise presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, VP Obama, Secretary of Something Clinton (H.) (maybe HEW, maybe she wouldn't accept anything but State). Nobody said our dreams had to be likely. Want something a little more likely? Same scenario, John Edwards, pres.

Sent by Jeff Cope | 2:54 PM | 4-2-2008

I tried for the whole segment to call the Democratic # and it was busy, but only heard two Democratic
interviews. Was this on purpose? Any-
way, my choice of a V.P. for Clinton:
N.Y. Gov. David Paterson. Reason(s): he has a LOT more government experience
than Obama; he is well liked on both
sides of the aisle in N.Y.'s statehouse
(he's a uniter); and he has aired his dirty laundry and survived. Plus, I have not heard him use the RACE card to
coerce voters into his camp. And we (2) will vote for McCain if Obama is the other choice.

Sent by T. Wise | 3:24 PM | 4-2-2008

Obama/Hagal. Clinton should be his head of the Department of Education. She loves Bureaucracy and children's rights. It's the perfect executive experience for her.

Sent by Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf | 5:54 AM | 4-3-2008

My dream ticket would be Dean-Richardson. Back to reality, I would like to see Obama-Richardson, hope and experience.

Sent by A. Grewal | 1:52 PM | 4-3-2008

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