Sunday, July 20, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 10: Sam Nunn

Pros: Brings some much needed political experience to the table as a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Senate. Nunn's home state, Georgia, is one of the states that Obama is targeting for a November surprise. Nunn's work on nuclear non-proliferation tracks one of Obama's biggest legislative achievements during his short time in the Senate. But the biggest reason for adding Nunn to the ticket is his foreign policy "chops," earned as a former chair of the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

Cons: Nunn is to the right of Obama and most democrats on a myriad of social issues. He is not seen as the most effective campaigner or orator; but most significantly, his 70 years and long tenure in Washington would do some damage to Obama's change movement brand - which is the most valuable weapon in Obama's arsenal.

Ideological Similarity: 5

Added Electability: 5

Risk: 8

Intangibles: 2

Total: 20


Head Dude said...

Yeah, you heard his name mentioned a lot, but I don't really know much about him, and if Obama wants to go with an older, experienced hand, I'd much prefer someone like Biden.
Frankly, I'd be very pleased if there is more significance to Hagel joining Obama in Afghanistan than just needing a Republican senator to join.

RightDemocrat said...

Sam Nunn would make an excellent choice for VP. Obama needs a running mate with extensive national security experience and also can help deliver a red state or two. Polls show that Nunn could be decisive for Obama in Georgia.