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2008 Running Mate Combination Statistics (April – June 2007)

Since September of 2006, we’ve been running a shop containing bumper stickers, buttons and magnets that support various Democratic running mate combinations for the presidential race in 2008. Obama-Edwards 2008? Sure. Gore-Kucinich 2008? OK. Kucinich-Richardson 2008? I don’t understand that pairing myself, but we’ve got it too, just in case. In fact, our goal is to offer just about every possible combination of presidential and vice presidential candidate from among the apparent contenders. That way, YOU can tell US what a reasonable 2008 ticket would look like.

In November, when I started reporting trends in our sales for various Democratic tickets, every single one of the running mate combinations we had sold included Barack Obama as either president or vice president. But that’s changed now, as people are searching out alternative tickets.

Let’s do an update on Democratic Party running mate choices. The following are running mate combinations (placed in President-Vice President order) that have garnered at least a 1% share of all sales from April 1, 2007 through June 7, 2007, making them the major contenders in the hearts of our customers for a 2008 Democratic presidential ticket:

Gore-Obama: 58.9%
Clinton-Obama: 7.4%
Edwards-Obama: 6.4%
Obama-Feingold: 5.0%
Obama-Edwards: 4.9%
Obama-Clinton: 3.6%
Gore-Richardson: 2.5%
Gore-Kucinich: 2.0%
Obama-Richardson: 1.4%
Clinton-Pelosi: 1.1%
Gore-Edwards: 1.0%

The following tickets each garnered less than a 1% share of all running-mates sales, but at least a few people (or one person) thought the ticket would be a good one:

Biden-Richardson
Clark-Warner
Clinton-Gore
Edwards-Feingold
Edwards-Kucinich
Edwards-Richardson
Gore-Edwards
Gravel-Moyers
Kucinich-Obama
Obama-Clark
Richardson-Obama

We can further tweak out the distribution of presidential and vice presidential choices. The following is the percent distribution of sold items supporting the following people as presidential partners in a ticket:

Al Gore: 64.4%
Barack Obama: 15.3%
Hillary Clinton: 8.9%
John Edwards: 7.9%
Joe Biden, Wesley Clark, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson: less than 1% each.

The following is the percent distribution of sold items supporting the following people as vice presidential partners in a ticket:

Barack Obama: 73.8%
John Edwards: 5.9%
Russell Feingold: 5.4%
Bill Richardson: 4.6%
Hillary Clinton: 3.5%
Dennis Kucinich: 2.5%
Nancy Pelosi: 1.1%
Wesley Clark, Al Gore, Bill Moyers, Mark Warner: less than 1% each

Those are two very different sets of preferences, aren’t they?

What’s your dream ticket? Make the case.

3 comments to 2008 Running Mate Combination Statistics (April – June 2007)

  • Kay

    You need to try a

    Gore-Feingold ticket

    A southener and a democrat who believes in balanced budgets, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with less big government. (states do pilot projects on health care.)

  • Jim

    Well, we’ve got the option available — but nobody’s bitten yet.

  • Richardson, the Olympics, Darfur and China

    I strongly agree with Richardson’s innovative idea put forth during the New Hampshire debates, in view of the general silence among nations vis-à-vis China’s ghastly atrocities in the human rights realm, and not just about China and Darfur, but especially towards Tibetans, and especially with its dozens of prisons which for Tibetans are exactly like Auschwitz and Dachau.

    I posited the same idea in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, in correspondence to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and to many heads-of-state, that the moral indignation of the nations in the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 could be harnessed into at least the threat of a boycott, perhaps worded more diplomatically. During the debate, Sen. Edwards clearly agreed with this point by Richardson.

    Make no mistake: this is probably the last chance in human history to do anything constructive about Tibet, to prevent henceforth the genocidal treatment of Tibetans remaining in Tibet, which has since 1959 seen 1.2 million Tibetans killed, roughly 20% of the entire population of Tibet. If American political powers and their pundits won’t use the remains of our powers of moral suasion in the world at large, and if we are to once again docilely capitulate to dimwitted politicians who say that the Olympics is
    only about sport, and not about politics, we are no better than the many nations who were oblivious to the growing obviousness of the genocide of Jews in Europe before and during World War II.

    Actually, the USA was for many years oblivious in this regard, all of which is thoroughly documented in Arthur Morse’s book, While Six Million Died. In that light, we think Richardson is on the right track, and even more so, when you consider the dead pets and the poisoned toothpaste from China. That is just not “about politics:” that was life and death for many, including at least 100 dead, mostly children, in Panama!

    News: In what may be its most audacious Olympic act yet, China’s Ministry of Public Security has issued an incredible directive that lists 43 categories of unwanteds who are to be investigated and barred from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pariah groups include: – eerily vague “key individuals in ideological fields” – “overseas hostile forces” – “counter-revolutionary” figures – the Dalai Lama and all affiliates – members of “religious entities not sanctioned by the state” (e.g. Roman Catholics) – “individuals who instigate discontentment toward the Chinese Communist Party through the Internet,” – and even certain types of “handicapped” persons. Members of the Falun Gong would be barred, as would “family members of deceased persons” killed in “riots” — a euphemism for events such as the Tiananmen Massacre — and Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, which the regime brands “national separatists.” Only at the very bottom of the directive does it identify “violent terrorists” and members of “illegal organizations” as targets for investigation and possible barring.

    Stephen Fox, New Millennium Fine Art, stephen@santafefineart.com
    505 983-2002

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