According to a new survey that identified the best possible ticket for each party from more than 100 million combinations of vice presidents, platforms, slogans and candidate images. The results show that the Presidential candidates would have performed better with swing voters by selecting a strong female candidate, Condoleezza Rice for Romney and Hillary Clinton for Obama, as running mates.
There was hope that Romney would chose a woman as a running mate and we came up with a list of great contenders including Nikki Haley, Kelly Ayotte and Linda Lingle. But he chose Paul Ryan. And now we have proof that a woman would have helped get farther ahead with voters. But many say he didn’t go with a woman in the end because of what happened with John McCain and Sarah Palin. ”Whoever Romney picks, if she’s a woman, would have to first demonstrate how much better than Sarah Palin she actually is, and that’s not necessarily a good use of the campaign’s time,” said Jennifer Lawless, director of American University’s Women and Politics Institute, in July. ”Mitt Romney is ultimately going to find himself between a rock and a hard place because although it is important to demonstrate that there are qualified women who should be on the short list, the onus is then going to be on him to explain why they weren’t his ultimate pick and he’s not going to say, ‘because I don’t want voters to think of Sarah Palin. So he’s going to have to navigate a pretty fine line and ensure that if he says that the most qualified person turns out to be a man that indeed that person is more qualified than some of the women’s names who are floating around.”
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