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Why the 2016 veepstakes could be the most chaotic in decades

The Washington Post

Monday, April 25, 2016

Here’s an overlooked consequence to the protracted presidential nomination fights in both parties: a historically short period of time for the eventual nominee to effectively vet his or her vice presidential options before making the eventual pick.

That’s a real danger, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report outlining best practices for the vetting, selection and roll-out of a vice presidential pick. Combine the lack of a clear primary winner by the spring with the decision by both parties to move up their national conventions to the month of July and you get a very, very short window for the nominees to pick the person who will be, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency.

“With the 2016 Republican convention starting on July 18 in Cleveland, and the Democratic convention beginning the following week in Philadelphia, if the campaigns have not already begun their processes, now is the time to do so,” the report advises. “The key consideration is timing, not whether the likely presidential nominee has emerged. If the race is still not decided, the candidates still in contention should launch their vetting processes so that they have the eight weeks minimum for an adequate vetting.”

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