We have decided to have some fun and try to predict Republican top five candidates might pick as Vice Presidential candidates should they win the Primaries. It is ridiculously early for this, but worthwhile nonetheless. See if you agree with our choices.
Donald Trump – Mr. Trump needs a seasoned politician by his side, plus he needs credibility with the ultra-conservatives as he moves toward the center in general election. Ted Cruz is the perfect guy, and he already seems to have an alliance with Trump (a la “Survivor”).
It won’t be Carly Fiorina. She could help him greatly to get women’s votes but she would never do it. She sees him as misogynistic, plus they are both business people and would butt heads too often (plus they really don’t seem to like each other).
Ben Carson might be a possibility, they have a certain mutual respect. But if Ben loses the primary, he won’t have much in the way of political capital to offer.
Ben Carson – Mr. Carson needs a “specialist” either a strong politician or a strong business type; someone who can bring funds, who has connections and help him mount a strong campaign.
Would he pick Donald Trump? Trump would bring funds and connections, and we can see Carson making the offer. But Donald is not usually a number two kind of guy and we believe he won’t be for Carson.
Carly Fiorina might be a good choice to form a very appealing and marketable team. But since neither has ever won an election, they would need a lot of support to get a first class campaign going.
Kasich is always a good choice, he brings Ohio, intelligence and governing experience, but perhaps not enough energy.
Our choice for Mr. Carson is Jeb Bush if he is willing. He brings executive experience, the State of Florida, a whole lot of cash, access to the Bush political machine and the Republican mainstream.
Carly Fiorina – Ms. Fiorina needs a seasoned politician as a running mate, plus political capital, and campaign experience at the national level.
She would get along great with Paul Ryan who has an analytical mind very compatible with Ms. Fiorina’s. Ryan would make an excellent VP for her, but may not be dynamic enough to help get votes in the campaign. Likewise, John Kasich has executive experience and could help her immensely in Ohio, but she might need someone with more energy.
If she were to team with Marco Rubio, we would have one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable teams in presidential history. They would be a very attractive team and appeal to the younger voters. The only thing lacking would be campaign experience at the national level.
But our choice for Ms. Fiorina’s VP candidate is Jeb Bush. He brings a huge war chest, experience with winning campaigns, his father’s, brother’s and his own. He would certainly bring Florida and all of the insider connections one could hope for.
Jeb Bush – We picked Jeb as a good VP for Carly Fiorina, but she would not be his best choice. A very appealing team, but perhaps not as conservative as he would like, given he is likely to move toward the center in the general election.
Marco Rubio would help with the latin vote and provide appeal to the younger demographic, but we believe Bush will go for someone with more political gravity.
Our choice for Mr. Bush is Nicki Haley of South Carolina. She is conservative, she is respected, she would bring women’s votes and appeal to younger demographics. Plus she was endorsed by the Tea Party, which has recently been not so happy with Mr. Bush.
Ted Cruz – Mr. Cruz needs a more moderate VP, one who can follow his very strict conservative ideals but who can soften his hardcore stance and appeal to a wider audience.
Carly Fiorina would serve his purpose and help him with women’s votes, younger demographics and in making a more centrist appeal. But I believe the personalities would clash and an alliance between them just would not play in the press. It’s just too unlikely.
Nicki Haley of South Carolina would certainly broaden his appeal for the reasons mentioned above. He could use the seasoning of George Pataki, but George doesn’t have the name recognition anymore. Ben Carson could add a reasonable and thoughtful dimension to Mr. Cruz’s normally absolutist rhetoric. Kasich would bring governing experience and the Ohio vote.
However Mr. Cruz’s best choice is Donald Trump, with his business experience, his personally built campaign war chest, and broad audience appeal. We mentioned above, Mr. Trump isn’t usually a number two guy, but he might be willing for his friend Ted Cruz.
OK, we didn’t think hard about the Democratic side. But just for the heck of it, here goes.
For Bernie Sanders, we choose either Bill Ayers (famous terrorist and Obama supporter) or Charlie Sheen (who is almost as crazy).
For Hillary Clinton, we choose either Michael Bloomberg or her husband Bill (he is not eligible, but when has that ever stopped the Clintons??).
For Joe Biden (should he ever decide to commit) – We choose Oprah Winfrey, or any liberal host from “The View”