View Poll Results: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

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  • Very important.

    5 15.63%
  • Somewhat important.

    12 37.50%
  • Usually not important, unless the VP is a total bonehead.

    10 31.25%
  • Not importantl.

    3 9.38%
  • Other (please clarify).

    2 6.25%
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    I answered other because it is always going to vary for me depending on the president and depending on the Vice president.

    SOmetimes it will be VERY important, sometimes not so much.

    Like many have already mentioned Palin was a TERRIBLE choice and while she could RALLY masses nobody really wanted her in the white house in large numbers. I had many friends back off od Cain because of her and what a joke that was.

    I think its was BRILLIANT for the Reps to pick a woman for VP they just picked the wrong one or rather, they let her talk to much before election day.

    A very interesting move would have been to select Condalisa Rice
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective-J View Post
    A very interesting move would have been to select Condalisa Rice
    Shoot. I think I'd vote for her for President.

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Very important. A few years ago I would have voted "somewhat important", then Sarah Palin happened. 'Nuff said.

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    A good VP pick would be the only thing that could possibly see me vote for Romney.

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Typically, it's not very important to me, although I did specifically vote against McCain just to keep Palin away from the White House. She was blatant pandering to the religious right and any candidate who picks such a VP will lose my vote immediately.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Extremely unimportant. The VP has no power, and the chances that they will replace the President are negligible.

    As for those who are saying that Sarah Palin hurt McCain - you are vastly underestimating how reluctant conservatives were to vote for the man. If it weren't for Palin, many Republicans would have stayed home. Ultimately, she helped him more than hurt him - most of the people who hated her would have voted for Obama either way. McCain's poll numbers greatly rose when he picked her, and did not subside until the financial crisis (after that, any Republican candidate would have been a sacrificial lamb, even one as moderate as McCain).

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Extremely unimportant. The VP has no power, and the chances that they will replace the President are negligible.

    As for those who are saying that Sarah Palin hurt McCain - you are vastly underestimating how reluctant conservatives were to vote for the man. If it weren't for Palin, many Republicans would have stayed home. Ultimately, she helped him more than hurt him - most of the people who hated her would have voted for Obama either way. McCain's poll numbers greatly rose when he picked her, and did not subside until the financial crisis (after that, any Republican candidate would have been a sacrificial lamb, even one as moderate as McCain).
    Only speaking for myself, but Palin was the deciding factor in me voting Libertarian. I was leaning McCain prior to that.

    I've always liked McCain, and feel that for the most part he has been a fine Senator, but wasn't quite convinced that the Presidency was suited for him (or visa versa).

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    It varies greatly with the situation. A weak candidate with a strong VP choice, it would matter a good deal. A strong candidate and it becomes irrelevant. I think it matters in direct relation to how good(or bad) the presidential candidate was.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Extremely unimportant. The VP has no power, and the chances that they will replace the President are negligible.
    The VP has very little enumerated power, but can and at times does wield significant influence and can at times get things done that the president can't. Biden and his friend McConnell where the chief architects of the deal to raise the debt ceiling as one example of just how much a VP can do. Cheney was a major player in US policy during the Bush years. Gore did a ton of work for Clinton. And so on.

    As for those who are saying that Sarah Palin hurt McCain - you are vastly underestimating how reluctant conservatives were to vote for the man. If it weren't for Palin, many Republicans would have stayed home. Ultimately, she helped him more than hurt him - most of the people who hated her would have voted for Obama either way. McCain's poll numbers greatly rose when he picked her, and did not subside until the financial crisis (after that, any Republican candidate would have been a sacrificial lamb, even one as moderate as McCain).
    I suspect you are right here. Where McCain needed the most support was where Palin was the strongest, the far right of the party.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Seems the only time the VP gets attention is when hes a dink...like Dan Quayle or a Biden.

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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Seems the only time the VP gets attention is when hes a dink...like Dan Quayle or a Biden.
    In an odd way, I liked Quayle. He was not a bad guy. In his political career, the worst thing I ever heard said about him was he was not all that bright. No scandals I can think of, never did anything I really can find fault with. I disagree with his position on issues, but that is not something I consider a negative about him personally.
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