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Sunday, May 30, 2004

What Would Happen if Kerry Picked McCain for VP?

In short, the race would be over. McCain on the ticket would put Arizona and New Hampshire both out of play for Bush, taking away two key states that he won in 2000 and states that figured to be a big part of his re-election strategy. While running in 2000, McCain mobilized tons of veterans for his campaign, very similarly to what Kerry is attempting to do this year.

And don't worry about McCain becoming President. Sure, all us Democrats (or most of us at least) like McCain fine. But if its between a Democrat like Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson or Mark Warner to be the President AFTER Kerry, than I will definitely pick the Democrat. However, we will not even have to make that decision, because McCain will be too old (76 after 8 years of a Kerry Administration) to run a credible campaign.

One thing that has been overlooked by many as the hoopla of the McCain Scenario continues is that McCain's senate seat would become open if he joined the Kerry ticket. Unlike the Connecticutt law that allowed Joe Lieberman to stay on the ballot for his senatorial re-election while still being Gore's VP, Arizona does not allow that.

If McCain does accept the VP job, than Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard would be on the top of Democrats wish list for the seat. Another name that could potentially be thrown around is Bruce Babbitt, who ran for the President in 1988.

On the GOP side, Congressman Jeff Flake seems to be the GOP heir apparent to the senate seat. Flake even seriously considered a primary challenge to McCain this year, but quickly concluded that it would be a huge uphill battle.

So, fellow Democrats, I think its clear that a Kerry-McCain ticket will benefit us two fold. It will bring us the White House AND it will make us the early favorite to pick up yet another senate seat. Now the only question is: will it happen? I happen to think it will. Let's hope so.

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