Bring on the Running Mates!

A lot of anticipation and speculation always surrounds who the Presidential candidates will choose as their running mates, but it seems to be even greater than usual this year. Maybe it's just because Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is drawing so much attention as a possible partner for Democrat Barack Obama, but the same rumors of a spot in the administration also swirled around former Gov. Bill Graves with President Bush. I'm wondering if it's because people will put more emphasis on who's number 2 when it comes to deciding their vote this time around. I've heard many people express doubts when it comes to both Obama and Republican John McCain. They seem to be doubts that people are willing to forgive - if a VP pick can answer those concerns. For Obama, if he's weak on foreign policy and executive experience, perhaps a veteran Senator or Governor can satisfy the critics. For McCain, if age and being too established are concerns, perhaps a younger person or a known independent will do the trick. It seems as though, this time around, people are looking at the Vice Presidential pick as more than just a nice gesture to put someone in a position that in all likelihood won't do a whole lot of importance (at least, that's how some people tend to characterize VP - that, and a grooming ground for a potential run at #1!). While geography and gender appeal are still a concern, so is policy and professional resume. Am I reading too much into the speculation this time around? Or could the running mate selection tip your vote?

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