The Early Word on VP Hopefuls

Blogger handicaps chances on both tickets
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 8:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – With the presidential race down to four major candidates, Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza turns his prognosticating to the second lines on the November ballot. Who’s in the running to be VP:

  • McCain: Mike Huckabee’s a short-list shoo-in, social conservative Tim Pawlenty and McCain go way back, and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford’s a true maverick.

  • Romney: Don Carcieri is another blue-state (Rhode Island) governor, and Missouri's Jim Talent is popular. Sanford has a chance here, too.
  • Clinton: Indiana's Evan Bayh has the early lead, Midwestern governors Ted Strickland (Ohio) and Tom Vilsack (Iowa) have shots, and John Edwards, Bill Richardson, and Wes Clark also factor.
  • Obama: Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius is favored. Virginia governor Tim Kaine brings religion, US Senator Claire McCaskill offers swing state Missouri, and Edwards and Tom Daschle are big names.