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April 02, 2012


The Case for a Dull Running Mate

Former Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) argues in the Boston Globe that Mitt Romney should avoid choosing an exciting vice presidential candidate:

"Introducing a brand new face in the midst of a high-profile campaign is risky business at best. For all their strengths, Geraldine Ferraro and Dan Quayle were perceived by voters as being less experienced than both their running mates and counterparts across the aisle. In the end, that fact had minimal effect upon the outcome, but litigating the issue in the heat of battle made it tougher to control the message of their campaigns."

"So let us embrace the obvious: The winning choice is the dull choice -- a running mate the public already knows, warts and all. Mondale, Bush, Gore, Cheney, Biden. These were not picks that lit the world on fire. They were serious, experienced names, vetted by the harsh media glare of a previous run for president or service in the president's cabinet. They weren't from key states, and weren't part of some grand plan to balance ideology. But they all won."












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