Editor's note

The nation’s eyes are on Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as he decides whom to name as his vice presidential candidate. Biden has also hinted that he might name members of his Cabinet before the election.

Political scientists Christopher Devine and Kyle Kopko wrote the book on the effect a candidate’s running mate has on a campaign’s success. They explain what matters in a running mate – and what doesn’t – and whether it’s even wise to make Cabinet decisions so soon.

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For Biden, naming Cabinet before election would be a big risk

Christopher Devine, University of Dayton; Kyle C. Kopko, Elizabethtown College

Vice presidential picks don't have much direct effect on campaigns, but can give voters insight on a candidate's judgment and leadership ability. Early Cabinet selections are likely to be similar.



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