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Selecting a Vice President: Balancing Politics and Prudence

KEYWORDS: 2016, ELECTION EVENT SERIES

WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005

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The vice president is “one heartbeat” away from the presidency, yet presidential nominees entrusted with extraordinary responsibility for this choice only have a short time to find, vet, and select their running mates. Politics will be a part of that decision, but the selection must be capable of taking on the key role that vice presidents have increasingly come to play, and able to assume the office of president if necessary.

With BPC’s guidance, a panel of experts with experience in different facets of the vice presidential selection process met to consider the challenges that face presidential candidates in making this decision. The group presented for discussion their conclusions and actionable recommendations for the campaigns to consider as the time for this critical choice rapidly approaches.

Read the Report
Selecting a Vice President: Advice for Presidential Candidates

Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive


Featuring:

Robert F. Bauer
Partner, Perkins Coie
Former White House Counsel
General Counsel, Obama for America

Charles R. Black, Jr.
Chairman, Prime Policy Group
Senior Political Advisor, 2008 McCain presidential campaign

Anita Dunn
Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Former Communications Director, White House
Communications Director, Obama for America

Matt Rhoades
Chairman, America Rising PAC
Campaign Manager, 2012 Romney presidential campaign

Joel K. Goldstein
Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Working Group Members:

Robert F. Bauer
Partner, Perkins Coie
Former White House Counsel
General Counsel, Obama for America

Charles R. Black
Chairman, Prime Policy Group
Senior Political Advisor, 2008 McCain presidential campaign

A.B. Culvahouse
Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Former White House Counsel
Adviser, 2008 McCain presidential campaign

Maria Cino
Vice President, Americas and U.S. Government Relations, Hewlett-Packard
President and CEO, 2008 Republican National Convention

Anita Dunn
Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Former Communications Director, White House
Communications Director, Obama for America

Benjamin L. Ginsberg
Partner, Jones Day.
National Counsel, Romney for President

Thomas J. Perrelli
Former United States Associate Attorney General

Scott Reed
Senior Political Strategist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Campaign Manager, 1996 Bob Dole presidential campaign

Matt Rhoades
Chairman, America Rising PAC
Campaign Manager, 2012 Romney presidential campaign

Emanuel “Manny” Rouvelas
Partner, K&L Gates