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Rove on vice-presidential pick and what it tells us

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Rove is right on target, no?

Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Face The Nation Sunday that he expects presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to choose a running mate based on political calculations, not the person’s readiness for the job.

“I think he’s going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice,” Rove said. “He’s going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he’s going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He’s not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.”

Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick.

“With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.” [i.e., Richmond, VA, with a metropolitan area population of 1.1 million ; Palin has been governor of Alaska for a few months, Alaska pop. 683,478. – LG]

Rove continued: “So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I’m really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States.”

Written by Leisureguy

30 August 2008 at 1:54 pm

Posted in Daily life, Election, GOP

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  1. Spot on I’d say. Immensely cynical choice and not thinking of the long term.

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    Chris

    30 August 2008 at 2:50 pm


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