When it was announced that Senator Reed was going to be traveling to the Middle East with Senator Obama a voice went off in my head that said it’s going to be Reed in the VP slot. Since then the voice has only grown stronger and despite Senator Reed’s claims of not wanting the job (not quite the same as saying “I won’t accept it”) I think he’s the one. With very good reason, the two men in terms of the issue are an extremely good fit, and I’ve long thought Obama’s comfort level would be the guiding factor in who he chooses to be his running mate. The fact Senator Obama invited Jack Reed on this trip is a pretty strong indication to me that Senator Obama feels Senator Reed is someone he can work with.
As the idea grew in my head I did a quick search on youtube on Jack Reed and found his September, 2007 Democrat response to Bush’s war speech. Well after the watching the speech my jaw drop, it’s very easy to imagine Senator Obama using the exact same words in response to Senator McCain’s plans for Iraq. Not to mention that Senator Reed is one the very few, who like Senator Obama said from the beginning going into Iraq would be a grave mistake.
Aside from Senator Reed very impressive military credentials, he has a near perfect liberal voting record (http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/jack_reed.htm). In a time when some of Senator Obama’s liberal base is feeling a little bruised and battered putting Senator Reed on his ticket would be a very soothing balm to that base. Jack Reed is one of those few around who will win praise from both the liberals and the hawks. He also happens to be a Catholic, a group Senator Obama could use some help with. And while Senator Reed is more than a decade older than Senator Obama, Senator Reed is married to a much younger woman (Senate staffer Julia Hart) and has an infant daughter giving Senator Reed a younger image than his actual years, a good fit for a change based campaign. Another point, I don’t think Senator Obama is going to pick someone from the much discussed “short lists” floating around. He wants it to be very clear that this is his choice and his choice alone.
Residence: Cranston, RI
Marital Status: Married (Julia Hart)
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: RI House, 1985-91; US House, 1991-96
Military: USA, 1967-79
Education: BS United States Military Academy, 1971; MPP Harvard University, 1982; JD Harvard University, 1982
Birthplace: Providence, RI
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