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

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

    The question probably applies more to independents and moderates, and not so much the extremes of either side, as they would tend to vote their party regardless.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    The question probably applies more to independents and moderates, and not so much the extremes of either side, as they would tend to vote their party regardless.
    i would never vote for someone who had a sarah palin on their ticket.

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

    Though I know know it is always a potential, I don't put much stock into the "heartbeat away from the Presidency" angle. For the most part I don't think it is important, except maybe to gauge the Presidential candidate's ability to choose and make decisions wisely.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    The question probably applies more to independents and moderates, and not so much the extremes of either side, as they would tend to vote their party regardless.
    Well, it depends on the President, really.

    I was more worried about Sarah Palin being McCain's VP pick than was worried about Joe Biden being Obama's VP pick. After all, McCain suffers from some health problems and he is quite elderly, so it wouldn't be surprising for Palin to become President should his health fail. On the other hand, Obama is relatively young and in good health, and so Biden as the VP pick isn't as important.

    But, truth be told, I always consider the VP pick in my presidential election decisions. After all, we vote for whoever that is just as much as we vote for the President, and I don't think that should be dismissed easily.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    It can add a bit or subtract a bit depending on how it plays out. Palin cost McCain in the last weeks of the campaign. Somebody like Rubio could help Romney. I think if Obama switched Biden with Clinton, that would help him also.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    It can add a bit or subtract a bit depending on how it plays out. Palin cost McCain in the last weeks of the campaign.
    oh, hell no
    mccain could not draw a crowd in a grocery store (literally) until he selected palin to be his running mate
    had he not insisted 'the fundamentals of the economy are sound' as the economy was melting down, he - AND she - would have won the '08 election
    palin made that election mccain's to lose ... and he lost it

    Somebody like Rubio could help Romney. I think if Obama switched Biden with Clinton, that would help him also.
    the only chance romney has against Obama is to select christie as his running mate
    (ok, photographic evidence of a gay man in Obama's bed would also work to romney's advantage, but that ain't gonna happen)
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    There is no doubt that McCain got an initital bump from Palin - both in terms of crowds and enthusiasm. But there is also ltitle doubt that she cost him votes in November.

    http://themoderatevoice.com/23984/cn...ccain-support/

    A new national poll suggests that Sarah Palin may be hurting John McCainz more than she’s helping him. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday indicates that McCain’s running mate is growing less popular among voters and may be costing the Republican presidential nominee a few crucial percentage points in the race for the White House. Fifty-seven percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say that Palin does not have the personal qualities a president should have. That’s up eight points since September. Fifty-three percent say that she does not agree with them on important issues. That’s also higher than in September.

    “Just after the GOP convention in early September, 53 percent said they would vote for Palin over Joe Bidenz if there were a separate vote for vice-president. Now, Biden would beat Palin by 12 points if the running mates were chosen in a separate vote,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
    the more they saw her, the less they liked her.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    There is no doubt that McCain got an initital bump from Palin - both in terms of crowds and enthusiasm. But there is also ltitle doubt that she cost him votes in November.

    CNN Poll: Palin May Be Costing McCain Support | The Moderate Voice

    the more they saw her, the less they liked her.
    I tend to agree with haymarket on this one. Palin was ultimately a drag on McCain.

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

    Very important. The VP is the replacement for the president if something happens to the president.
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    Re: How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How important is the VP candidate in your Presidential election decisions?

    The question probably applies more to independents and moderates, and not so much the extremes of either side, as they would tend to vote their party regardless.
    It's somewhat important if only as evidenced by Sarah Palin. Picking her was a slap in the fact to smart people. Joe Biden is respected by Dems and Republicans for his experience with foreign policy which certainly helped Obama with accusations of being inexperienced. So yeah, somewhat important.

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