Since Kerry selected Edwards as his running mate there have been the inevitable comparisons between what the presumptive VP nominees bring to their respective tickets. A tonge-in cheek Op Ed piece in todays New York Times listed some of Cheney’s negatives—manipulation of intelligence, possible association with outing Valerie Plame, and his relationship with Halliburton. The article goes on to discuss plausible plusses that Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain might bring as running mates for the President. (He neglected to mention Colin Powell’s musical talents.) There was even a letter to the editor in this morning’s St. Louis Post Dispatch suggesting that Bush should select Elizabeth Dole.
Here are some poll results that indicate how much a diferent VP nominee might help the President. They were posted on The Daily Kos Sat Jul 10th, 2004 at 11:32:51 EDT.
Just saw it on MSNBC…
MAY 2004 42
On the Cheney question, the guy from Newsweek said they tried out BUSH-FRIST (Kerry still wins) & BUSH-MCCAIN (Bush wins but within the margin of error).
In answer to the original question—I suspect not for several reasons. Bush is big on loyalty, Cheney is his biggest ally on the myth of the Osama-Saddam link, and the campaign wouldn’t put Cheney out as their front man if they were planning on dumping him. Would Powell accept if offered? I’m a bit less certain on this one, but I suspect not.