Every state likes hearing that one of its own is on the VP list. That's why lots of politicians from swing states like Ohio get cited -- but few Californians or New Yorkers. Other names are there to provide demographic balance; each campaign wants to show that it's considering women and minority candidates, even if they don't get the nod, strategists said.
Democrats, top, left to right: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Republicans, bottom, left to right: McCain supporter Carly Fiorina, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.