By JOSIAH TAKANG (@jatakang22_7)
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As the delegate math begins to finally shape up, the two leading candidates for the two parties, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans, have started the pivot towards the respective party conventions in July and the general election in November.
This process involves the candidates making decisions that we might call “presidential,” and one of the most important of these is picking a vice president/running mate.
Now, to be clear, the vice-presidential picks generally have little to no effect on the outcome of the actual election, but each candidate’s choice does speak to the propensities of that candidate. There are three general rules to picking a vice-presidential candidate:
That said, here’s a look at the potential VP shortlists for the Clinton and Trump campaigns.
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1. A likely Clinton VP strategy is to try to pull in an ethnic minority, keeping with the general Democratic trend of attracting a larger share of minority votes.
2. The “Other Woman”
3. Swing-state senators
4. The Kitchen Cabinet
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Trump, through his blustering and offensive rhetoric, impetuous demeanor and dubious campaign shenanigans has made the VP search harder on himself, considering it seems like half of the Republican Party wants nothing to do with him. He did, however, tell the AP that he’s “narrowed down about five-to-six people.” Ironically, Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is heading up the vetting effort.