Barack Obama

How Significant Will the Veep Be?

John Adams once said of his position as Vice President, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

While recent vice presidents such as Dick Cheney have had a lot of clout, it’s still held that the position of vice president is a limited one. Most of the policy making decisions will be carried out by the man inaugurated President next January.

Nevertheless, a great deal can be percieved about a candidate by who they choose as their running mate. Obama will likely pick a red state Democrat in order to strengthen his appeal toward conservative and moderate voters. Who McCain picks will be crucial in affirming his conservative credentials.

Major Parties Playing the Same Tune

A recent campaign event was held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. It featured the two Democratic and Republican candidates for president. However, those in charge of the event barred (no pun intended) Libertarian candidate Bob Barr from participation. Here’s the explanation by U.S. District Court Judge David Carter:

“Plaintiffs will lose out on a fair amount of exposure and the opportunity to express their views in a popular forum. On the other hand, halting this event would deny the other candidates the opportunity to be heard and would deprive the public of an opportunity to see the candidates and hear their views.

“Forcing Saddleback to include another candidate at the last moment could cause serious logistical problems and take away from the presentations of other candidate. This might well disrupt the planned presentation.”

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