Rudy Giuliani for vice president
Trump should pick Rudy Giuliani for vice president.
The most important rule for picking a vice president is that he should do no harm. No one ever wins an election because of a vice presidential pick, but they can lose elections because of it. Trump needs to avoid bad picks like Geraldine Ferraro, Dan Quayle, Admiral James Stockdale, Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan. (Paul Ryan may not have been as bad as Sarah Palin, but he looked like a little kid beta-male, and not someone with the gravitas to be president.)
The key for picking a vice president is whether the public would be comfortable with him (or her) stepping up to the plate if the president died during a time of crisis. That’s why Dick Cheney was the only good Republican vice presidential pick since Ronald Reagan tapped George H.W. Bush. (Jack Kemp was probably also OK, but that was such a forgettable election; Bob Dole had no chance even if Jesus returned to be his vice president.)
The benefit of Giuliani is that he is thoroughly vetted because he ran a pretty successful campaign for the Republican nomination in 2008. Now, I can hear readers snickering “but he lost.” That doesn’t matter. McCain or Romney are not going to be Giuliani’s vice president. Nor is George W. Bush. Most of the best picks for vice president, by both Democrats and Republicans, have been men who previously ran for the party’s nomination but lost.
The worst thing is when a presidential nominee picks someone with no national campaign experience, and they turn out to be complete duds. Like Sarah Palin not knowing what newspaper she read. Or Admiral Stockdale turning his hearing aid off during a debate. Giuliani is guaranteed not to make a fool of himself during an interview or a debate.
With ISIS becoming a much bigger issue (and I predict there will be more ISIS attacks between now and the election), who could possibly be a more reassuring vice president than Rudy Giuliani who handled himself incredibly well during 9/11.
Some readers may think they don’t agree with Giuliani’s ideology. That doesn’t matter. Vice presidents don’t make policy. All they do is go to funerals and other events that aren’t important enough for the president to attend himself.
Trump has too much bad blood between everyone else currently running for president right now, except for Cruz. But Cruz would be a horrible pick. Personality wise, Cruz just isn’t very good at taking orders from superiors, which is what a vice president has to do. And the establishment hates Cruz. The only reason it’s not apparent how much the establishment hates Cruz is because they hate Trump even more, and until the most recent polls, Cruz was just seen as an annoyance and not someone who had any chance of winning the nomination. Giuliani, on the other hand, is well liked by the establishment. The liberal NY-based media likes him. Yet Giuliani is also well liked by proles. He doesn’t come off as a rich CEO like Mitt Romney. No one really dislikes Giuliani, which is a key quality in a vice president.
Furthermore, Cruz has absolutely no appeal to anyone besides Tea Party types, and those types are going to vote for Trump no matter who he taps for vice president. Ideally, the vice presidential pick should broaden the support, and Giuliani is the perfect man to help pull in secular white blue-collar voters who normally don’t vote Republican. At the same time, Giuliani’s remarks last winter that Obama doesn’t love America is compatible with the Trump message.
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Giuliani talking about ISIS and attacking Obama on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News three weeks ago.