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Posted by on May 28, 2007 in At TMV | 4 comments

Vilsack: Hillary’s Number 2?

Will former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack become Hillary’s VP?

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has assumed a role in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign unlike any of the New York Democrat’s other national advisers.

He campaigns for her in Iowa and other key states, spends hours each week on the phone with donors and elected officials and has helped forge policy ideas Clinton presents on the campaign trail.

In this way, Vilsack has made the quick and seemingly effortless transition from a one-time Clinton rival for the 2008 nomination to a go-to player in her campaign.

Aides acknowledge privately that Vilsack’s work for the campaign has the look of a rehearsal for the role of running mate, should Clinton win the nomination.

But while he embarks on a busy summer for Clinton, no prospective No. 2 on a hypothetical Clinton ticket has a higher bar than Vilsack, whose first task is to ensure the senator’s success in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses.

In Iowa, she currently trails John Edwards and Barack Obama. She will need all the help she can get. Vilsack as running mate: that might tip the balance in Hillary’s favor.

Personally, I consider Bill Richardson to be a great number two: he’ll make a fantastic running mate.

On the other hand, Vilsack isn’t exactly a bad choice either. Perhaps for strategical reasons a better choice than Richardson (especially after Richardson’s ‘soldier who died in Iraq’ fiasco).

What do you all say, Vilsack, a better VP than, say, Cheney?

UPDATE
Fellow TMV contributor Robert Stein points out in the comment section of this post that he nominated Vilsack for Hillary’s VP as soon as the latter dropped out. Robert adds: “He would bring experience in managing a government, good judgment and decency to her ticket.”

To read Robert’s posts about Vilsack (as Hillary’s VP), go here.

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  • kritter

    Vilsack is a decent centrist type of guy- too decent to make it all the way through to the nomination-. He’d be so much better than Cheney, and wouldn’t overshadow a prima donna like Hillary. I think he’s a better choice than Richardson- who despite his achievements is terrible in person. I watched his appearance on Meet the Press, and he just seems like another politician who has their own version of the “truth” no matter what the facts say. If you go to the MSNBC site they have the interview online. He’s a tad slimy for my taste, but I am a big Gore fan.

  • As a Vilsack observer for some time, I nominated him for Hillary’s VP as soon as he dropped out. He would bring experience in managing a government, good judgment and decency to her ticket. See my posts on him:

    http://ajliebling.blogspot.com/search?q=vilsack

  • christine

    It’s been a pretty open secret around this state that Vilsack would run for President, but wouldn’t have the capital to make it. It’s fairly common knowledge that he’s looking for (at best) VP or (at worst) a cabinet post (most likely Interior or Ag). We’ve all known this since 2003, when he stated that he wouldn’t run for re-election as Governor.

  • DLS

    He certainly could be among those effectively just pretending to run for the Presidency but positioning themselves to be VP eventually.

    Vilsag at Agriculture? Yeech. First of all, why on earth is there still such a department, in 2007? Second, why do we want to see more corn-based-ethanol-use arm-twisting, not only to benefit ADM, but even possibly more effort at propping up a floor price of corn (through subsidies, tax money taken from us and given to corn farmers) to keep corn prices (and, as a result, feed prices, and food prices) high? (Ask the cattle raisers and even hog farmers in Iowa what they have to say about that. They pay more to feed their livestock but can’t expect correspondingly high price increases once they sell those livestock.)

    Yeech.

    We, long a bi-coastal nation, don’t need an “Interior” department any longer, either. arrgh

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