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June 17, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has already had one run-in with the vice presidential selection process, and it did not end well. In late May 2008, well after John McCain had sewed up the Republican presidential nomination, he summoned Romney and other vice presidential contenders to his Arizona ranch. None was picked, and the prize ultimately went to a little-known governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska. Soon the party nominee himself, Romney may not subject his finalists to a similar display.
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March 21, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although it is an unapologetic celebration of its subject's remarkable life, Showtime's new documentary about Geraldine Ferraro is rimmed with sadness. Some of this is understandable enough. Ferraro died two years ago, after battling blood cancer for more than a decade. "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," which premieres Friday, is clearly a labor of love by her daughter, filmmaker Donna Zaccaro. But more than that is the "lest we forget" tone that infuses the documentary. In 1984, former vice president and Democratic nominee Walter Mondale's decision to name then Congresswoman Ferraro as his running mate was nothing short of revolutionary.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Thomas F. Eagleton, the former U.S. senator from Missouri who was forced to withdraw as the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 1972 after admitting that he had been hospitalized for nervous exhaustion and had undergone electric shock treatments, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond Heights, a suburb of St. Louis. He was 77. The cause of death was a combination of heart, respiratory and other problems, according to a press release from Thompson Coburn LLP, the St.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Among the most common adjectives used by supporters to describe Rep. Paul D. Ryan are "genuine" and "principled. " "He's real," said supporter Tim Stephens as he lingered after a Ryan speech outside Philadelphia, bursting with bromance for the Republican vice presidential hopeful. ("I love you, man!" he shouted as Ryan shook hands in the crowd.) "That's what he brings to the ticket. Paul Ryan's real. " It's an important part of Ryan's appeal, along with intellectual heft, a gym rat's physique and a boyish charm that belies his 42 years.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McGaw Inc., maker of an environmentally safe container for intravenous fluids, said Friday that sales of the medical product have picked up, partly because of a campaign visit by Sen. Al Gore during a presidential campaign swing. McGaw said it has recently signed four long-term sales contracts that will account for $100 million in revenue over the next five years. The company's 1992 sales are expected to reach $300 million. Chief Executive James M.
NEWS
July 25, 1992 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now comes the hard part. After wowing the nation on his first campaign swing as Bill Clinton's running mate, Tennessee Sen. Al Gore embarks next week on his first solo flight to promote the Democratic presidential ticket. But before doing so, he must have a campaign staff, a tightly knit cadre of handlers and strategists. "We are still in a transition staff mode," said Steve Silberman, a Clinton campaign staff member serving as a temporary adviser to Gore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1988
After having read Donald Regan's "For the Record," we feel that George Bush need look no further for a vice presidential candidate. Apparently, Nancy Reagan has had all the experience of a chief executive. Bush-Reagan! What a team! MR. and MRS. LEE T. COLEMAN Los Angeles
NEWS
September 25, 1992 | Associated Press
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf says he was considered as a vice presidential candidate by the campaigns of Bill Clinton and Ross Perot but rejected the idea. In an interview with Barbara Walters to be aired today on ABC's "20-20," the Gulf War commander said he had been approached by the Bush, Clinton and Perot camps "to give them support," and he indicated that "my name was mentioned . . . as a vice presidential candidate" by people from the latter two organizations.
NEWS
April 8, 1988
A jury of 12 with two alternates was selected in the trial in Rutland, Vt., of John A. Zaccaro Jr. after four days of questions about attitudes toward drugs and the prominence of the defendant's mother, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro. Zaccaro, 24, is charged with selling one-quarter gram of cocaine to an undercover agent. Opening arguments in the case were set for this morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Republican challenger Bob Pohl withdrew Thursday from his race against Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), saying he needs to dedicate his time to fighting a recently diagnosed case of lymphatic cancer. Pohl, 53, an education consultant and former president of the Santa Barbara school board, said he found a lump in his thigh three weeks ago, and doctors confirmed his illness a week later after a fund-raiser featuring former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp.
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August 22, 2012 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan has cultivated his "affable wonk" persona into an effective moneymaker, winning over CEOs and K Street lobbyists to build a fundraising machine that has boosted his standing on Capitol Hill and helped make him one of the GOP's most influential figures. In 2002, the Wisconsin congressman established a so-called leadership PAC, a fund that allows him to raise money to give to other lawmakers, but the fund did little until 2006, when he began his rapid rise in the House Republican hierarchy.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | David Lazarus
Amid all the chatter about whether Paul D. Ryan's proposed changes would, as Democrats say, "end Medicare as we know it," one group has been largely overlooked: disabled people. The vast majority of Medicare's roughly 48 million beneficiaries are seniors over the age of 65. But about 8 million are disabled people of all ages. The federal program was expanded in 1972 to include those with permanent disabilities. Many seniors are rightly concerned that Ryan, the conservative congressman tapped by Mitt Romney as his vice presidential running mate, has proposed a plan that could result in higher out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare coverage.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Diving deeper into the Medicare fight, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan warned seniors Saturday that a key cost-control measure in President Obama's healthcare law would lead to rationing of their medical care. Ryan made the charge during a campaign speech at the largest retirement development in Florida, a state with the biggest proportion of seniors in the country and the most electoral votes of any 2012 battleground. The state is considered a must-win for Mitt Romney, and politicians in both parties say the Medicare debate could sway the outcome.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By James Rainey
The first rule in picking a vice presidential candidate may be “do no harm.” As Mitt Romney prepares to roll out his pick for No. 2, it's not a bad time to recall all that can go wrong. VP choices can run off the rails from a candidate's native flaws, but at least as often because the teams that nominate them fail to thoroughly investigate for shortcomings or to prepare No. 2 for the withering odyssey of the modern campaign. Here are the six most problematic vice presidential nominations of the last six decades, ranked in reverse order of the least to the most problematic, for the VP pick and the ticket they helped form: 6. Adm. James Stockdale.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has already had one run-in with the vice presidential selection process, and it did not end well. In late May 2008, well after John McCain had sewed up the Republican presidential nomination, he summoned Romney and other vice presidential contenders to his Arizona ranch. None was picked, and the prize ultimately went to a little-known governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska. Soon the party nominee himself, Romney may not subject his finalists to a similar display.
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took over as chairman of the Republican Governors Assn. on Monday, raising his political profile and joining a stream of top state executives of both parties who are fast on their way to becoming national figures well in time for 2016 or perhaps even 2012. The association said on its website that McDonnell, who had been the group's vice chairman, would be the new head, succeeding Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who announced over the weekend that he would run for the GOP presidential nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1988
Why doesn't the Republican Committee monitor more carefully the speeches of its vice presidential candidate? Incorrect grammar, convoluted and unfinished sentences, and the repetition of gratuitous scientific words and initials leave the listener (and seemingly Quayle himself) at loss as to what he is trying to convey. If, by mischance, George Bush is elected to the presidency, we must all pray he remain alive and in good health for at least the next four years. MARION M. HALPERIN Santa Monica
NEWS
September 13, 1988 | From Associated Press
Democrat Michael S. Dukakis and Republican George Bush are locked in a virtual dead heat in the key battleground state of California, according to an NBC News presidential poll released Monday night. The poll, conducted Sept. 6-8, shows Bush leading Dukakis 44% to 42%. However, the 3-percentage-point margin of error puts the race at a statistical tie in a state that offers 47 electoral votes, more than any other.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
In the clearest indication to date that she is seriously considering a presidential run, Sarah Palin plans to launch a nationwide bus tour Sunday from Washington. "Gov. Palin and the SarahPAC team will begin a trip through our nation's rich historical sites, starting from Washington, D.C., and going up through New England," said a statement posted Thursday on Palin's political action committee website. "The 'One Nation Tour' is part of our new campaign to educate and energize Americans about our nation's founding principles, in order to promote the fundamental restoration of America.
NEWS
April 25, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, announced Monday he would not seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States. “I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour said in a statement emailed to reporters. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.” Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was considered a strong Southern voice as he toured the early battleground states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.
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