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Old 12-05-2020, 08:24 PM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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So many want Congress to get things done. No more stalling, no filibusters, no vetoes please. Do you think if Joe Biden would have picked a conservative as a running mate where they could create a bi-partisan platform, could that be a change that's positive? I know it's a stretch, but would love to read your replies.
Why would this work? Why would it not work?
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:28 PM
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Location: North Carolina
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It would have to be a Lincoln Project type like Romney or Kasich, in which case that could possibly work in theory if that were allowed.

It wouldn't work well with a Far Right type, or a Far Left type as VP with a very conservative President. There are smaller examples of that in states where the Governor and Lt. Governor are independent of one another, even though the Lt. Governor has significantly less authority than the Governor. That was the case in North Carolina where we have had a Moderate-Democrat Governor (Roy Cooper) and a Far-Right Lt. Governor (Dan Forest). The Lt. Governor sued the Governor over his coronavirus Executive Order concerning business closings and face coverings and dropped the lawsuit when it looked unfavorable and lost the election as well, but he was replaced with a similar Far Right Lt. Governor.

The point being there wasn't too much working together on a unified platform.

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Old 12-05-2020, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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So many want Congress to get things done. No more stalling, no filibusters, no vetoes please. Do you think if Joe Biden would have picked a conservative as a running mate where they could create a bi-partisan platform, could that be a change that's positive? I know it's a stretch, but would love to read your replies.
Why would this work? Why would it not work?
I don't think it would work, the parties are too polarized. There are only a few Republicans who I think would agree to serve as VP to Biden, probably Romney or Kasich and I think that they would be labeled are RINOS and ignored. I wish it hadn't gotten this bad, but it's where we are.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Dogs and cats,
living together,
mass hysteria!
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:31 PM
 
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What if a republican chose a democratic as a running mate, and vise versa

Political suicide.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Dogs and cats,
living together,
mass hysteria!
You mean Donkey and Elephant
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:24 PM
 
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This has occurred prior to the 12th amendment .
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:26 PM
 
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I've actually been toying with an idea I call the Horseshoe Switcheroo.

Populist candidates in both parties storm the primaries and win the nominations, and then name the other as their running mate.

So regardless of what party you vote for, you get the same two people.

It would be political graffiti to really hammer home the point that the parties are the same, while at the same time it would invert the political spectrum horseshoe and make the center populist rather than corporatist.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:45 PM
 
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McCain wanted Lieberman. The party talked him into Palin. I think it would be awesome if we had a president and vp from different parties. They would have to both be moderates though. Otherwise, I don't think they would mesh.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
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Before 1804, when the 12th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, the loser of the election became VP.

The 12th amendment was proposed after the 1796 election resulted in a president (John Adams) and vice president (Thomas Jefferson) from opposing parties, and the 1800 election led to a tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr. They were members of the same party (Democratic-Republican), but it took the House of Representatives 36 contentious ballots to break the tie, electing Jefferson president and Burr vice president. In 1804, Jefferson was re-elected and George Clinton became the first vice president under the 12th Amendment.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smith...ian-180957199/

Could you imagine Biden as president with Trump as VP? Or Trump as president with Hillary as VP? Dear Jesus. I'm not sure it would work in today's political climate, but it would be hilarious.
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