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We know the presidential nominees, but the veepstakes couldn’t be higher. Here’s a wrap on what the Vice Presidential battle field looks like in the race of ’08.

Politico’s longshots in the veepstakes have speculated that the Democrats are on the hunt for someone who’s older with solidly mainstream views, to reassure voters concerned about Obama’s relative inexperience, particularly in foreign policy.

The Republicans, on the other hand, aim to fill the vice presidential slot with someone who brings business experience to tap into voter concern about the struggling economy, and youth, for the obvious reasons.

GreatDebater’s veepstakes:

For the Democrats, the obvious contenders are John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and maybe even Bill Richardson. Edwards carries the South, Clinton unifies the party, and Richardson brings experience. The only hitch is that these picks are too well known. Edwards is seen as a pushover, Clinton contradicts Obama’s call for change, and Richardson is Hispanic, making him an illegal immigration sympathizer.

Go for the long-shot candidate: Wesley Clark. As a retired General of the United States Army, Clark gives Obama everything he doesn’t have. Valedictorian of his class at West Point, and Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, to later earn a master’s degree in military science from the Command and General Staff College, Clark spent 34 years in the Army and Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations and honors.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, but withdrew from the race to campaign for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. In September 2007, he endorsed Hillary Clinton, but after she pulled out of the race, Clark endorsed Obama. The prospects are endearing.

For the Republicans, the MSNBC veepstakes have chosen Colin Powell. These days, though, the republican with a distinguished military career has hinted he may jump to Obama.

Go for the long-shot candidate: Bill Gates. That’s right, the recently retired Microsoft founder is a trusted voice on the economy and his multi-billion dollar commitment to charitable giving could soften up the campaign’s image. The challenge may be winning his support. For now, Bill. Cheers, and best of luck making the world a better place.

Check out msnbc‘s veepstakes game and submit your pick.

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3 Responses

  1. Given how much I hate Microsoft and how conservative Bill and MeLinda are (yeah, try using funds for the foundation for abortion research!), I would like that one taken off the table. PDQ!

  2. I’m suprised no-one has touted Russ Feingold, given his landmark bill with McCain, for the Republicans. Personally i’d go for Mitt Romney – young and conservative, balance the ticket!

    For the Democrats, I can’t see any VP giving anything more to the Obama campaign, as, being the most left-wing Senator in Congress, whoever he chooses will contradict his message to a certain extent. For me, he’d be doing himself no damage by trying to persuade Al Gore, although this is of course a long, long shot.

  3. This is a hard one for me. I can’t imagine wanting to serve in the Military (I did in the Navy for 11yrs) under a president and Commander-in-Chief who does not respect my countries flag enough to say the pledge of alliegence. Simply out of respect, one should do that to honor those who died so they could be so obstinent. Does this mean he wont swear in for the same reasons, (provided he gets elected)? Having said that, I can’t vote for Hillary I view her as a traitor, McCain if elected would do more damage to the Republican party than any democrat… So I still favor Obama, he and his wife believablely sound the most sincere to me, and I believe they want to do right by the country and not necesarrily themselves. But I want the large part of the black voters to vote for him, not because he is black, that is the lamest excuse. But because the value him… If they vote for him just because he is black isnt that a type of racism? As for experience…well, if we think about it, how can anyone truely get qualified experience to run a country like this? I believe as it has always been it relies on the character and the capabilities of each individual president, and the office provides a huge learning curve. That curve can be mitigated by that persons drive and commitment. I dont know who should be VP and I dont know Wesley Clark, but I think at least that would bring in some of the 500K military members and the more conservative midwest.

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