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it is. We need to heal the red and the
blue here, man, the red states and the
blue states ...
"Do I think it's going to happen?
No. But I think it is a reflection of the
desire of this country and the desire of
people in both parties to want to see
this God-awful vicious rift that exists in
the nation healed, and John and John
could go a long way to healing that rift."
According to the original U.S.
Constitution, the runner-up in the pres-
idential election would become vice-
News' Meet the Press
president, but it only happened once.
were discussing the
situation in Iraq when this exchange
Federalist John Adams won the
presidency in 1796, and Democrat-
Russert: "Sen. McCain, its the ele-
Republican Thomas Jefferson
phant in the room, the story that will
not die. This is the
In 1804, the 12th
front page of the New
Amendment changed the elec-
York Times yesterday.
tion process into what we see
today — a running mate picked
by McCain Denials,
by the political party.
Some See Him as
I got to wondering what
Kerry's No. 2.
would happen if a constitution-
"'Despite weeks of
al amendment was ratified that
required a presidential nominee
from Sen. John
from one party to choose a run-
McCain, some promi-
ning mate from another
nent Democrats are
angling for him to run
Think about it. No
for vice president alongside Sen. _
matter what your ideo-
John Kerry, creating a bipartisan
logical bent — liberal,
ticket that they say would
conservative — you'd
instantly transform the presiden-
have to pick someone
tial race. Senator McCain would
from the other side, and
not have to leave his party, [for-
my guess would be a
mer Democratic Sen. Bob]
moderate, someone with
Kerrey said. He could remain a
whom you could corn-
Republican, would be given some H.R.C.
authority for selection of Cabinet people.
Plus, both political par-
"What do you think of Senator
ties would have a voice in the Oval
Office. No weak candidate would run
McCain: "I'd like to have the camera
as second in command, because weak-
move over to a palm tree to start with
ness is not a good attribute to show-
case in a candidate.
... I've said categorically — categorical-
ly, I will not be vice president of the
With the opposing party presenting
United States. I will not be a candidate. an appealing second-in-command, the
And I mean that. I'm happy in the
rank and file would have to at least
Senate. I'd like to maintain my role. I
think twice before dismissing the other
am a loyal Republican. I am support-
party's presidential ticket.
ing President Bush's re-election. I am
And it would certainly change cam-
campaigning for it ..."
paign financing, wouldn't it?
Russert: "Senator Biden, what do you
If there's some fatal flaw in this rea-
think of John McCain as a Democratic
soning, I have yet to find it, but I'm
candidate for vice president?"
almost positive that you'll tell me when
Biden: "I think John McCain would
I'm wrong. You always do.
be a great candidate for vice president.
So before you write back, sit back,
I mean it. I know John doesn't like me
close your eyes, and think of how
saying it, but the truth of the matter is,
much fun a George W Bush-Hillary
Rodham Clinton ticket would be to
watch this fall. 11] .
Harry Kirsbaums e-mail address is
my head since
Sunday, and it's
keeping me awake
Sen. Joseph Biden,
D-Del., Sen. John
HARRY - McCain, R-Ariz., and
KIRSBAUM moderator Tim
Russert on NBC
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