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Veep Choices: First Impressions Are Not Always Lasting


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Veep choice, elections, government, americans, media, news, politics )

Carrie
- 869 days ago - nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com
As Mitt Romney's supporters and his Democratic opponents anxiously wait for him to announce his running mate, a glance back at history will remind you that the person a presidential candidate chooses as his veep ordinarily makes little or no difference...



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Jason S. (57)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 7:59 pm
thanks
 

Pat A. (116)
Friday August 10, 2012, 1:31 am
I hope it doesn't matter at all in the end because Rmoney won't be elected!
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday August 10, 2012, 3:49 am
noted, thank you Carrie
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday August 10, 2012, 5:41 am
It would be a tragedy for most Americans if Romney were to be elected. So let's not worry about who his running mate will be. Instead, do all you can to help people register to vote and get all their IDs in order, so that the USA will at least have the appearance of a democracy.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday August 10, 2012, 12:33 pm
"a glance back at history will remind you that the person a presidential candidate chooses as his veep ordinarily makes little or no difference"..I think that's a little overstated.. usually a Vice Pres. is chosen to help bring in the states or general populace that the Pres. candidate might not. I'm thinking of LBJ for Kennedy, and Al Gore (a Vietnam Veteran) for Bill Clinton (Rhodes Scholar, 1st Non Veteran Pres. in recent History), and Cheney brought in the Zombie Evil Empire Pupet-Master Billionaires vote for Bu$h the Le$$er who only had the Extremely Cartoonish FOX lover vote without him.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Friday August 10, 2012, 2:15 pm
Good point Yvonne.
 

Michael T. (82)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:07 pm
While it is a good point, it should be of deep concern as it is that very person (Dan Quayle worried me the most in this) who will become president if the president dies somehow. That is also one of the things that concerned me the most about McCain's choice as well.
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Friday August 10, 2012, 10:24 pm
IT'S COMING TOMORROW - 8.11.12, ROMNEY TO ANNOUNCE PICK - RYAN! As disgusting as this is, it's good for our side folks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 10, 2012, 11:56 pm
It certainly was true that with Palin the choice of VP did matter.
 

John Gregoire (264)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:42 am
Well, now we know that it is Ryan. Romney has failed to learn from history. McCain lost because he chose Palin. Obama was constantly embarassed by Joe Biden. To me it just solidifies my opposition to both candidates.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 8:04 am
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Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 12:36 pm
ROTFLMAO!
He picks the teabagger millionaire!!!!! Paul Ryan.
Another face of our demise. Good luck with that. lol
 

Janet R. (34)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 1:08 pm
I think Romney made a mistake picking Ryan. There are many Repugs who can't stand the tea party and Ryan is the poster boy for the tea party. I think his strategy is to unite the Repug party with his pick but I think it will remain splintered. If I was Romney's father, I would be embarrassed to see what he has become; hie is not his father's son. Just like Bushy Jr. is nothing like daddy.
 

Thomas B. (1)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:28 pm
Ayn Rand and her husband both collected Social Security and also applied for Medicare, but records that they received Medicare payments, "can't be found."

Paul Ryan used Social Security benefits from his father's death to put him through college. He thinks having to help care for his grandmother gave him "first-hand experience as to how social service programs work." He has no experience in the private sector.

Links to both:

http://phoenixwoman.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/ayn-rand-paul-ryan-social-security-recipients-against-social-security/


The real bombshell is that Charles Koch had to personally promise Friedrich Hayek that he could qualify for Social Security benefits before he would agree to come to America to preach Libertarianism:

The private correspondence between two of the most important figures shaping the Republican Party’s economic policies—billionaire libertarian Charles Koch and Nobel Prize–winning economist Friedrich Hayek, godfather of today’s free-market movement—were obtained by Yasha Levine from the Hayek archives at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This is the first time the content of these letters has been reported on.

The documents offer a rare glimpse into how these two major free-market apostles privately felt about government assistance programs—revealing a shocking degree of cynicism and an unimaginable betrayal of the ideas they sold to the American public and the rest of the world.

http://www.thenation.com/article/163672/charles-koch-friedrich-hayek-use-social-security

This Republican ticket also has no military or foreign policy experience, or southern war-monger. Very appropriate for the announcement to be made on a moth-balled, outdated battleship.
 
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