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SelectSmart.com 2008 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Selector
Possible vice presidents for over two centuries have been selected with a keen awareness of the politics of the choice. Among other things, it is the goal to find a running mate who brings geographic, political and experiential balance to the ticket. This selector attempts to duplicate the political calculations that go into making the selection--and maybe a prediction--for the next vice president. This selector was created in November of 2007.
1. WHERE in the county will your perfect vice president live? (Select none, any or all)
Northeast
Southeast
North Central
South Central
Northern Rockies
Southern Rockies
West
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2. What GENDER will your ideal VP candidate be?
Male
Female
Either
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3. What RACE will your ultimate vice president choice be? (Select none, any or all)
Asian
Black
Hispanic
White
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4. What RELIGION will your perfect running mate be? (Select none, any or all)
Baptist
Catholic
Episcopal
Jewish
Methodist
Presbyterian
Protestant
Serbian Orthodox
United Church of Christ
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5. Inside or outside the BELTWAY? In recent elections, many presidential candidates have touted that they are not "Washington politicians". Candidates who are member of Congress like to tout that they know how to get things done in Washington, often called in "inside the Beltway". What background will your candidate have?
Inside the Beltway
Outside the Beltway
Either
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6. RED STATE or BLUE STATE? What will be the political leaning of your ideal veep candidate's state?
Red state (generally supporting Republican presidential candidates)
Blue state(generally supporting Democratic presidential candidates)
Swing state
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7. What would be the POLITICAL STATUS your best possible botton half of the ticket be? (Select none, any or all)
Current elected office holder.
Former elected office holder.
Never held elected office.
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8. What would be your ideal VP candidate's political or PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS? (Select none, any or all)
A national level elected representative, i.e. a member of Congress
An elected executive, i.e. a governor or mayor
Diplomat
Military leader
Business owner or executive
Lawyer
Journalist, broadcast commentator).
Professor, teacher or lecturer
Doctor or psychologist
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9. Which of these are PREFERABLE MARITAL STATUSES for your perfect running mate? (Select none, any or all)
Single, never married
Single, divorced
Currently married to first spouse
Currently married to second spouse
Currently married to third spouse
Widowed, remarried
Widowed, unmarried
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10. Would your ideal VP candidate have SERVED IN THE MILITARY?
Yes
No
Either
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11. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE? Would your perfect potential vice president have been a candidate for president in 2008?
Yes
No
Either
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12. What is the PREFERABLE AGE for your ideal VP candidate upon assuming office? (Select none, any or all)
35-44 years old
45-54 years old
55-64 years old
65-74 years old
75 and older
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13. How many ELECTORAL VOTES would your ideal VP candidate's state have? (Select none, any or all)
Fewer than 10 electoral votes
10 to 20 electoral votes
More than 20 electoral votes
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14. (For potential running mates who were governors at some time between 1996 to 2006.) Would your ideal VP candidate generally have FISCAL POLICIES that agree with the Cato Institute's preference for limited government and free markets?
Yes
No
Either
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15. PERSONALITY? Would you prefer to push those candidates who Professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia and noted political analyst described as "bland" down your list while giving greater weight to more exciting candidates?
Yes, I want a dynamic running mate for my candidate; at least not a boring one.
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