Vice Presidential Running Mate
During the weeks (happening now) between the end of the primaries and the party conventions, the candidates must pick their vice presidential running mates. Together, the president and vice president make up the party “ticket.” In November, citizens will vote for president and vice president together as one ticket.
How do candidates decide on their vice presidential running mates?
Each campaign has a vice presidential search committee in charge of vetting (carefully examining) the candidates. This is done in secret. However, this year, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has been tweeting about his meetings with potential running mates.
Additionally, vice presidential running mates are chosen for a variety of reasons. Today, vice presidents are chosen to help win over American voters. In particular, they should make up for an area where the candidate is lacking or compensate for a weakness. Consider also these other factors:
The challenge this week is to make some guesses about who the vice presidential running mates will be.
Here are the instructions:
For more information on how to homeschool through the 2016 election, including lessons on election strategy and the vice presidential nominee, check out the Presidential Elections unit study, available now from Silverdale Press!
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