The speculation is growing on whether Barack Obama might tap John Kerry as VP with Jon Keller of Boston’s WBZ laying out the reasoning and the facts why John Kerry just may be “reporting for duty” again:
John Kerry for vice president?
Don’t dismiss the notion just yet.
Some political insiders are telling WBZ it could happen.
So why would Obama reach out to Kerry as his choice?
Kerry brings more money and name recognition to the table than any other name on the Obama list so far. Americans do tend to love a comeback kid and this would be the most amazing political comeback since Richard Nixon came back from the dead forty years ago.
“I’m not looking for any new job, I’m running for re-election,” Kerry told WBZ last week.
Asked about the V.P. buzz, his press secretary told WBZ in a statement Thursday night:
“If I was bi-lingual, I’d say no in multiple languages. The only job John Kerry is running for, contemplating, or considering is the one he already has.”
While some folks might want to laugh off “the idea of Kerry back on the national ticket again, I’m not among them. Four years ago, Kerry garnered more votes than any Democratic presidential candidate in history, and there are, as Jon Keller points out, some other strong reasons why Barack Obama “might now turn to Kerry as a running mate”:
Polls show many voters question Obama’s foreign policy credentials to be a wartime president. As a decorated veteran and longtime member of the senate foreign relations committee, Kerry could fill that gap.
Obama suffers from being a new face on the political scene, but Kerry – warts and all – is well known to the voters, and in 2004, he did draw more votes than any democrat ever has.
And judging from a new anti-smear web site funded by Kerry’s political action committee, Kerry would eagerly assume the role of attack dog… Allowing a nominee who prefers to float above the fray to minimize the amount of political hardball he has to play.
You can watch the video of Keller’s speculation on Kerry as VP here. Keller also points out that “the vice presidential nominee will address the convention on Wednesday night, August 27” and the “theme set for that evening” is a “salute to America’s veterans.” Kerry is of course, like John McCain a Vietnam Veteran.
Of course the Obama campaign is claiming there is nothing to the speculation, Keller notes, and some may wonder if Kerry, who is running for re-election in the Senate can run for VP at the same time. Well, the fact is — he can:
There is no legal barrier to Kerry running for both VP and Senate. If he does and wins both, under the state law rammed through Beacon Hill in anticipation of Kerry’s 2004 election to the presidency, Gov. Deval Patrick (if he’s still governor) would have to set an election for the vacated Senate seat within 145 to 160 days of Kerry’s Senate resignation.
Finally, I’ll add these tidbits that Jon Keller failed to note in his speculation on whether Obama is about to name Kerry as his VP…
First, as Chris Cillizza noted on the WaPo a couple of days ago, former Clinton communication’s director Howard Wolfson pointed out during during an “appearance Tuesday night on Fox News Channel” that he had “heard that Kerry was being vetted by the Obama team.”
“Look, John Kerry has been vetted,” said Wolfson. “He ran for president. I think he would be a strong choice. He’d be a good choice, especially in the context of foreign policy.”
And last but not least, longtime Kerry spokesman, David Wade, recently took “a leave absence to work for the Obama campaign.” David Wade’s new position with the Obama campaign, coincidently is to be “the spokesman for whoever presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) taps as his running mate.” Who better to be the spokesman for John Kerry as VP than Kerry’s own longtime, trusted aide David Wade?
In my opinion, Obama can’t find a better VP candidate than John Kerry. I’m biased, admittedly, having worked for Kerry’s campaign in ’04. I was crushed when Kerry decided not to run again, so if it were up to me, I’d say, go for it, JK. Obama – Kerry ’08 would be a winning ticket!
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