Governors Not Often Presidential Running Mates
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
July 16, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to get national attention as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, but recent history doesn’t favor that selection.
John Weingart is the associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. He says it’s been more than 60 years since a political party nominated candidates for president and vice president who both had experience as a governor.
“The last time it happened successfully it did include someone from New Jersey but he was at the top of the ticket when Woodrow Wilson ran for president in 1912 his running mate was then governor of Indiana Thomas Marshall and they were victorious.”
No governor has been elected Vice President since Spiro Agnew in 1972.
Weingart says governors who run for president often look to the Senate for a running mate with foreign policy experience to balance the ticket.
He doubts Romney would pick Christie because Christie could get more publicity and distract from the message the Romney campaign wants.
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