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Sebelius again mentioned as possible VP candidate - maybe the first female president too


_Editor's note: This is the first of a series of blogs on LJWorld.com that will explore the possibility that Kathleen Sebelius will ascend to national political office. The blog will be updated regularly._Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a two-term Democratic governor in a red state, is again in the news as a possible vice presidential candidate for Sen. Barack Obama.Sebelius first landed seriously on the national stage when she delivered the Democratic response to the President's State of the Union address.Since then, her prospects have been evaluated everywhere from [the Washington Post][1] to the Kansas City Star.[The Associated Press reports:][2] Obama's campaign refused to talk about who was being considered, but some in the party are calling for him to pick Clinton. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said Thursday, "There have been no discussions with the Obama campaign about Senator Clinton being the V.P."Other possible options are governors such as Arizona's Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Tim Kaine of Virginia; foreign policy experts such as former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd or Delaware Sen. Joe Biden; or other senators such as Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Virginia's Jim Webb. [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/10/AR2008051002261.html?hpid=topnews [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/may...


Lindsey Buscher 10 years ago

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Flap Doodle 10 years ago

Somebody seems eager to shove Hillary aside. She may have something to say about that.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years ago

Hmmmmm........ Hemenway as Secretary of Education. At least he'd be out of here. So there is that one point in favor of Roundheels candidacy.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years ago

Frau,Could you plz send the FixedNews link for those statistics?

gccs14r 10 years ago

Obama shouldn't pick Clinton. She has strong negatives that would affect his electability, and he would need to double his Secret Service detail to protect himself from her.

igby 10 years ago

Lets see!Crooked laywer that couldn't make it in the law field. (but had a political family back ground). Husbands a federal judge good old boy appointee. (must be better than her).Insurance commissioner (helped all her lawyer friends).Gov. (helped all her lawyer friends get jobs that couldn't otherwise (Six).Anyone from Kansas, is not likely to win any presidential race and thats a fact.But if Obama can win, anybody could be president!Look at Mr. Bill,case and point.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years ago

Obama needs to pick Sam Nunn. Given his foreign policy credentials it would be much harder to attack Obama for his inexperience in this area. Sam is also from the deep south and would be a plus there. As for Governor Roundheels, I agree, she and her Republicrat pals have been a complete embarrassment to the party. Instead of providing competent, solid Democratic leadership she sold out to the worst elements of the Johnson/Jackson County political establishment. She pushed real Democrats away from the table so her Republican pals could have a place. Were it not for her political ambitions nationally we'd already be building the coal plants (you all remember that she supported them before going to meet with leaders of the national party, don't you).

Lindsey Buscher 10 years ago

Hawk,You should attend a LWV meeting sometime, men and women are welcome...not to prove you wrong or to make you seem an idiot, but if you are going to comment on groups like that, you should really check into it first. They will smile at you, shake your hand, and let you be heard (just so long as you don't go there to start trouble). The neighborhood organizations, LWV, and groups like them are what democracy is all about and makes it so great! Nobody ever said democracy wasn't messy.As far as "too pushy and arrogant" goes, well, smart people do generally have big egos; so what's wrong with smart people mobilizing and taking stands on certain issues?

BigPrune 10 years ago

Hillary said she's staying in the race because Robert Kennedy got assassinated in mid-June.http://www.nypost.com/seven/05232008/news/nationalnews/why_hill_wont_drop_out__bobby_kennedy_wa_112232.htmIf Obama were to pick Sebelius, he'd lose big time because the country wouldn't be ready for a black guy and/or a woman as a potential president.

Lindsey Buscher 10 years ago

She can build her future Prez or VP resume by maybe serving a term in one of Obama's cabinet positions and then maybe running in a Senator race she's likely to win. If Obama does win, the she could hypothetically have eight years to build that resume. So yeah, I'd say it's a bit early for her to be seriously considered a VP candidate.

mgalus19 10 years ago

I can see how Sebelius would be an attractive national candidate - young, governor of a red state, good speaker. However, I don't see how she would balance the ticket with Obama. Sure, she has the executive experience that Obama lacks, but one of the big knocks on Obama is his lack of foreign policy experience, and Sebelius certainly doesn't help him there. Plus, I think that she may lack a certain gravitas that Obama needs in the fall.I think that Obama's best choice for VP would be Bill Richardson - Hispanic, Westerner, governor of a reddish state, former cabinet secretary, former UN ambassador, former congressman. Richardson would truly balance the ticket. I think that Evan Bayh would also be great, but he's been a Hillary supporter from the beginning.

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