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It's Apparently Possible to Pick a VP by Accident

Best of luck to Evan McMullin and running mate 'Nathan Johnson,' whoever he is

(Newser) - Accidentally picking a running mate isn't a great look for a candidate already struggling to be taken seriously, but that's exactly what's happened to presidential hopeful Evan McMullin, Politico reports. Since launching his campaign last month, the conservative independent has qualified for the ballot in nine states.... More »

Mike Pence: 'Trump Gets It'

He accepts 'awesome privilege' of being running mate

(Newser) - Introduced by Paul Ryan as a "man of solid character," Mike Pence accepted the "awesome privilege" of being the vice presidential nominee in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the RNC Wednesday night. Pence, who described himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in... More »

Trump Reportedly Offered Kasich a Very Odd Deal

Don Jr. promised Kasich could basically run the country as VP: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Wednesday night is the night that America meets GOP VP nominee Mike Pence , but per a senior adviser to John Kasich who spoke anonymously to the New York Times , the process by which he was chosen sounds like it could have been a little wonky—and may even have involved... More »

These Are Likely Clinton's Top 2 VP Choices

Will it be Tom or Tim?

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is narrowing the field of possible running mates, with Democrats predicting she'll reveal her pick as soon as Friday. The front-runners? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, report CNN and the Washington Post . Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, retired four-star Navy Adm. James Stavridis,... More »

HUD Secretary Broke Law by Praising Clinton

Julian Castro fell foul of Hatch Act during TV interview

(Newser) - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro may have wrecked his chances of becoming Hillary Clinton's running mate —with a Hillary Clinton endorsement. An Office of Special Counsel investigation has determined that Castro broke the 1939 Hatch Act, which restricts the partisan political activities of federal executive branch... More »

Pence: 'Really Conservative and Mostly Unknown'

Everything you need to know about Trump's new running mate

(Newser) - Donald Trump made it official Friday: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his running mate when he attempts to stop another Clinton from sitting in the White House this November. Here's what you need to know about the vice presidential candidate: More »

Trump Delays VP Announcement After Attack in Nice

He says he still hasn't made a 'final, final' choice

(Newser) - Donald Trump had planned to reveal his VP pick at a Friday morning news conference but the big announcement has been put on hold. "In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference," Trump tweeted Thursday night as news of the... More »

Trump: I'll Announce VP Pick on Friday

He says he's narrowed it down to 2, 3, or 4

(Newser) - After days of mounting suspense, the finale of Donald Trump's VP search will take place Friday morning. Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he will make the announcement in Manhattan at 11am. His tweet followed what CNN calls "frenzied, last-minute try-outs" in person and over the phone from the... More »

Newt Gingrich Out at Fox Thanks to VP Speculation

Meanwhile, here's who Hillary is vetting

(Newser) - Fox News says it is suspending its contributor agreement with Newt Gingrich "due to the intense media speculation" about him as a potential vice presidential candidate of Republican Donald Trump. Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news at Fox, said Tuesday the network thought it was best to stop... More »

Sources Name Those Atop Trump's List of Potential VPs

Gingrich, Christie reportedly being vetted by the lawyer who vetted Sarah Palin

(Newser) - With rumors that Donald Trump could announce his running mate as early as next week, five anonymous sources "with knowledge of the process" tell the Washington Post that Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie are the leading contenders. They've reportedly been asked to answer more than 100 questions and... More »

If Clinton Wants to Be Bold, This VP Pick Would Do It

Columnist makes the case for Sheryl Sandberg

(Newser) - The smart money is on Hillary Clinton making a predictable pick for her running mate—think Tim Kaine or Sherrod Brown, or perhaps Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, or Julian Castro, writes William Whalen at RealClearPolitics . But Whalen suggests another name that doesn't appear on the regular short lists: Facebook... More »

Warren Plans to Endorse Clinton, Hasn't Ruled Out Vice President

And Clinton is open to an all-woman ticket

(Newser) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren—notably the only female senator not to endorse Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders—plans to officially back Clinton in the coming weeks, Reuters reports. An endorsement from Warren, who is popular with progressives, could bring Sanders' supporters over to Clinton's side. Reuters cites sources close to... More »

5 Possible Running Mates for Clinton

Is the US ready for an all-female ticket?

(Newser) - While the race for the Democratic presidential nomination remains "fluid," the Clinton camp, "confident enough of victory," has begun a search for possible VPs, according to the New York Times . Among the factors Hillary Clinton will need to consider in a running mate are whether the... More »

Christie Was This Close to Being VP Pick

Politico says he was Romney's 'first choice'

(Newser) - It's no secret that Chris Christie was a serious contender to be Mitt Romney's VP candidate, but Politico today sheds some light on just how close he came. In fact, Christie was Romney's "first choice," and the candidate nearly pulled the trigger in late July,... More »

As Romney Seeks Center, Ryan Sidelined

His new message: Wisconsin's a lot like Ohio

(Newser) - With Mitt Romney trying to win over swing voters, his conservative running mate has taken a diminished public role in the campaign. In speeches, Paul Ryan is sticking to the Romney message rather than touting his own record on matters like the budget and Medicare, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

As VP Debate Looms, Biden Buckles Down

Vice president preps feverishly after weak Obama performance

(Newser) - After President Obama faltered in his own debate, it falls to his gaffe-happy second-in-command to put things back on track—and Joe Biden isn't taking this one lightly, the New York Times reports. What he's doing to prepare:
  • Biden has holed himself up in a Delaware hotel to
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VP Nomination Is Really a Curse

And Paul Ryan is already experiencing its effects

(Newser) - The best way to ruin your reputation? Get nominated for the vice presidency. Frank Bruni details the VP "hex," which has now fallen on Paul Ryan, in the New York Times : "One minute, you’re a largely respected, minimally dissected public servant sitting on some harmless commission... More »

Ryan's Speech Flunks Fact Checks

VP candidate lambasted for various deceptions

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's speech last night may have been rousing , but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single... More »

Why Christie Nixed VP Job: Fear of Loss

Would have had to relinquish governorship to run

(Newser) - Had Chris Christie joined Mitt Romney's ticket, he would have had to quit as New Jersey governor—and he just didn't have the confidence in a GOP victory to justify that sacrifice, reports the New York Post in an exclusive. Christie "felt, at one point, that (President)... More »

VP Shortlisters to Speak at RNC

Jindal, Portman, Ayotte, McDonnell among latest speakers named

(Newser) - Bobby Jindal, Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, and Bob McDonnell were among the names being tossed around as likely VP picks for Mitt Romney—and though they didn't make the cut, all of the above will be speaking at the Republican National Convention, which starts Aug. 27 in Tampa, CNN... More »

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