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July 12, 2016

Who will the presidential nominees choose for vice president?

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Essential question

How does a presidential candidate’s choice of vice-presidential running mate affect voter opinions?


With the Republican National Convention set to begin next week in Cleveland, Ohio, much attention is focused on who the candidates will choose as their vice presidential running mates.

Both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have been campaigning almost constantly in recent weeks and using the time to try out different potential running mates on the campaign trail.

The list of potential picks is long for both candidates. While Trump has appeared with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Clinton has brought Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren along on campaign stops and will appear with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine on Thursday.

“I think sometimes more important than anything else is the rapport,” said Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report. “It’s even more important in this day and age, where they’re going to be together and shot at every single angle, live-streamed, Snapchatted, on television together.”

As predicated, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared with Clinton on Tuesday morning to announce his endorsement for the former Secretary of State.


Key terms

rhetoric — the art or skill of speaking or writing effectively, especially as a way to influence people

Rules Committee — the Republican convention’s 112 member committee holds power to influence the outcome of the GOP’s nomination, including the authority to undo policies requiring most of the 2,472 convention delegates to abide by the will of the voters

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. When and where are the Democratic and Republican conventions?
  2. Who do you think Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are going to choose as their running mates?
  3. Do you think the recent police shootings will be a topic discussed at the national conventions?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. What are some differences in the ways Clinton and Trump have shared their thoughts on the recent police shootings?
  2. How did Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy affect the presidential election?
  3. Why have several Republican leaders decided not to attend the GOP convention?
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