Biden Complicates McCain's Veep Calculus

Dem's strengths expose key gaps in armor of Republican's rumored short-listers
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2008 11:55 AM CDT
Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden outside the Old State Capitol, Aug. 23, 2008, in Springfield, Ill.    (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden presents a problem for John McCain, Jeanne Cummings notes on Politico. “McCain knows Biden well," says one Republican insider. "He knows how good he is as a knife fighter." Stacked up against Biden, all of the rumored GOP short-listers reveal potentially fatal flaws:  

  • Mitt Romney: Considering Biden's middle-class roots, the multimillionaire former governor could undermine McCain's claims of Obama elitism.

  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty: Though happy to parrot McCain's talking points, the younger Minnesotan can't match Biden's experience in foreign affairs and partisan debate.
  • Tom Ridge: The former Homeland Security chief, and Pennsylvania governor, supports abortion rights—a stance that could overshadow his national security cred with hardcore conservatives.
  • Sen. Joseph Lieberman: The Connecticut independent and McCain are close, but Lieberman's Democratic past will alienate Republicans.   
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