Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The pros and cons of
Sen. Barack Obama's possible running mates:
Timothy M. Kaine
Governor of Virginia
Pro: Young, Catholic and Southern, Kaine is decidedly not from
Washington and has appeal among working-class voters. He also is personally close with Obama.
Con: A one-term governor with no national security or foreign policy
experience, Kaine could add to Obama's problems when his record is contrasted with that of Sen. John McCain.
Senator from Indiana
Pro: A former governor of Indiana, Bayh has more experience than Kaine but brings some of the same outside-the-Beltway advantages. His Midwestern state could be competitive.
Con: Widely considered to lack charisma, Bayh is sometimes described as bland. He is not closely identified with any particular issue or accomplishment during his time in the Senate.
Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Senator from Delaware
Pro: A longtime senator with decades of foreign policy
experience, Biden would immediately add gravitas to Obama's foreign policy team.
Con: It would be hard to describe Biden as anything but a creature of
Washington, and his long history in politics includes several gaffes.
Prone to long speeches, Biden has said plenty that could be fodder for