Candidates Grapple With Timing of VP Picks

2 conventions, 1 Olympic games, and an August birthday complicate matters
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 6:41 PM CDT
Barack Obama talks about something, but not his VP pick.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and John McCain must do more than pick VP candidates—they have to time the announcements carefully, a key tactical move in a busy summer, the New York Times reports. Two national conventions, the Beijing Olympics, and Obama's Aug. 4 birthday all help or hinder the timing, but it appears that Obama, with a convention closer to the games, faces the harder choice.

Presumptive nominees often announce a week before convention-time, but such a move would pit Obama against the Olympics. And he likely won't risk announcing during the convention. Which leaves early August, but is announcing on his birthday "too cute"? McCain, with a later convention, will probably announce right after the Dems' to steal their momentum. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)