Romney's VP Choice Could Mean His Success Or Failure

John Adams, America's first vice president, may have regarded the position as "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." But Adams' own career demonstrated why politicians so eagerly seek this position today. Of the 47 who have served as VP, 14, including Adams, became president.

So it is no surprise that jockeying has begun in earnest to join Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket. But this can't become a beauty or buddy contest. The campaign must make this decision knowing it alone could spell the difference between success and failure.

Voters await the decision because it provides tremendous insight into a subject about which they know little—Romney's values and ability to make high-stakes decisions.

As Joel Goldstein, an expert on the vice presidency says, how Romney decides largely will be how he is judged.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-05-30 12:00:00 -0400
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