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? asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 5 years ago

Is Hillary Clinton dumb for choosing Tim Kaine over Bernie Sanders as VP....knowing that she could've won by a landslide with Bernie ?

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  • 5 years ago
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    Yes this is totally dumb. Now I'm convinced Trump will win this election by a landslide. Hillary made the wrong strategic choice. With her center-right ticket with Tim Kaine, she wants to please anti-Trump Republicans rather than Bernie supporters and other left-of-center people. But none of those people will vote for her. Bernie supporters must be so disappointed that given the success of Bernie's campaign, she chooses a center-right VP instead of Bernie Sanders or, say, Elizabeth Warren. They will abstain and so will anti-Trump Republicans as I cannot imagine them voting for a Democrat, even less with Tim Kaine's pro-choice position (which is a good thing by the way). Hillary will lose and the USA will have Trump as their president. Sad, so sad...

  • 5 years ago

    Since Bernie gave his speech a week ago, a significant group of Bernie supporters are considering Jill Stein and the Green Party. Hillary's only hope is to have Bernie's supporters believe she will adopt his policies. The question is, can they trust her to follow through on those promises?

    So, yes, I think it was a mistake to go with a different VP pick.

  • 5 years ago

    Tim Kaine is a MUCH smarter pick than Bernie. Here's why:

    Bernie supporters are super liberals. She won't be losing their votes to Trump. The vast majority will vote for her anyway, just to avoid allowing Trump to win the election - some will vote 3rd party, some won't vote at all, and a very small minority of immature nutcases will vote Trump.

    But the bigger voter base she needs to go after are the moderates. The people who aren't super liberal or super conservative. They fall in the middle and they are a HUGE group. Picking a VP that is super liberal like Bernie, would discourage their votes.

    Tim Kaine is a moderate - he appeals to the moderate crowd and thus is the better pick for VP.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Yes. Maybe he didnt want to be her VP. Maybe Hillary didnt want to implement Bernie's leftist social programs while taking money from Goldman Sachs to do favors. She is such a fraud I dont know what she thinks.

    Because Kaine speaks Spanish maybe she thinks that will win over every Hispanic. It may be that she picked a conservative Democrat for balance since Trump has a conservative Republican VP and he is kind of liberal.

    I think the bottom line is she needed a strong white male to win that group over. Strong white men are not her fans.

  • 5 years ago

    Kaine is from a swing state and is more of a centrist which is meant to try to appeal to independents and white males who might be temped to vote to Trump. Bernie is a left wing socialist and while having him in the process was a really good thing, for example more pressure to enact a livable minimum wage, the fact is that independent voters would never vote for his ideas. You over-state his appeal. Lastly, she also wanted to have a VP she could get along with personally which is very important. For example, Bill and Al Gore did not have the personal connection during Bill's presidency.

  • 5 years ago

    Hillary knows that Bernie stands for change that helps the average American and against Big Government and Big Corporations that only look at the bottom line..She cant continue to bleed the American people and sell out America's future from under us with Bernie watching.. So Hillarys smart she thinks she can dupe the American people just like usual so she has picked another insider with her lack of values and goals.

  • justa
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    No, the primary purpose of a vp is to be president if the president dies. No one would choose a seventy four year old man as VP. Kaine is eminently qualified, has a degree in economics, is a lawyer, was a mayor, a governor and a Senator serving on the Armed Services committee an the Foreign Relations committee. And he's well liked and respected on both sides of the Aisle.

    She'll win by a landslide anyway.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Is Hillary Clinton dumb for choosing Tim Kaine over Bernie Sanders as VP....knowing that she could've won by a landslide with Bernie ?

    >> What makes you think Bernie wanted to play SECOND to a bad, despicable, conniving, corrupt DNC / Hillary and there's no such thing as stupid politicians > ONLY STUPID People/Voters/Adults - Democrat and Republican in America > SADLY and OBVIOUSLY !

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The selection of Caine should actually help her given the that so many republicans are dissatisfied with Trump and ultimately believe that he is unfit to to be president.

    If the only alternative they had to Trump was Hillary (who they don't like for mostly sexist reasons) and Bernie Sanders (who they don't like because of his politics) more would be likely to throw themselves off the Trump cliff. She and her campaign have to be thinking if the Bernie contingent wasn't able to beat her from the Democratic nomination they might not be enough to help her beat Trump.

    The problem I see is that beyond the election it may mean fewer engaged young people to help change the composition of the House and Congress and that's really the most important thing going forward. To break the governing gridlock.

  • 5 years ago

    I don't know if Clinton would have won by a landslide if she chose Bernie as her running mate. I think she should have chosen Warren, but Kaine represents a lot of great American values. Hillary should be more progressive and adopt some of Bernie's views. Bernie will forever be an American legend and he, along with Trump, revolutionized the way we think of politics.

  • 5 years ago

    First of all, I doubt Bernie would have wanted to be VP--as it is, he's had a lot of influence on the party platform. Also, there are a lot of independents out there who are still uncommitted, and going with a "safe" middle of the road VP candidate shows some of them that Hillary is not too far to the left. Finally, it's a pretty good bet that most Sanders supporters won't back Trump--Sanders has made it clear that he believes Trump is the worst thing that could happen to this country, and any true supporter of Sanders would vote for Clinton over Trump, since her positions are much closer to Sanders'.

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