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Who should Mitt Romney choose as his Vice Presidential running mate?

“The choice of Vice President is going to be extremely difficult for Mitt Romney to game…” The GOP campaign has good reason to be nervous about the running mate choice. Will it be someone who previously sought the presidential nomination — Michele Bachmann or Rick Santorum — or someone out of left field, as Sarah Palin was for John McCain’s campaign?

We spoke to Samuel L. Popkin, author of The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House, about Mitt Romney’s choices.

The Bryant Park Reading Room and New York Historical Society will be hosting Sam Popkin to discuss The Candidate and the election. So, you can catch Sam Popkin in person in New York at the Bryant Park Reading Room, 40th Street and 6th Avenue on 15 August at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

President Clinton’s former press secretary, Mike McCurry recently reviewed the book for the Washington Post: “The Candidate will make enjoyable reading in the midst of the current campaign. One of Mitt Romney’s big money guys, Anthony Scaramucci, reportedly just sent the book to the former governor’s entire campaign team. All the Obamaites would be wise to get copies, too.”

Samuel L. Popkin is the author of The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has also been a consulting analyst in presidential campaigns, serving as consultant to the Clinton campaign on polling and strategy, to the CBS News election units from 1983 to 1990 on survey design and analysis, and more recently to the Gore campaign. He has also served as consultant to political parties in Canada and Europe and to the Departments of State and Defense. His most recent book is The Reasoning Voter: Communication and Persuasion in Presidential Campaigns; earlier he co-authored Issues and Strategies: The Computer Simulation of Presidential Campaigns; and he co-edited Chief of Staff: Twenty-Five Years of Managing the Presidency. Read his previous blog post “Five pivotal moments from incumbent campaigns” and view his previous video “How will Mitt Romney fare in the general election?”.

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