Barack and Bill would win the White House
TUCSON -- All the political junkies are talking about it, so I'll share my view.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) should ask New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to be his running mate.
To beat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Obama needs a Governor on the ticket, and it should be a well known one from the west. As a super-qualified popular Latino, Richardson would be the strongest pick, if he wants to be Vice President. Who knows, Big Bill may prefer to stay on as Governor of the Land of Enchantment?
Let me also say Obama's fellow Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) would not be the best pick. Biden is smart and well qualified, but no one wants to vote for two Senators, and Biden's northeast roots will not help Obama win.
One wake up call to the Obama staffers reading this, get your candidate to stop in Arizona soon, preferably Tucson, the progressive heart of the state. Make McCain campaign here. As a DC-insider, he is not as popular in Arizona as you may think. Obama can win Arizona if he tries.
Just have Obama make a quick stop in Arizona during one of his many trips to Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Visit Phoenix again too, but if you want to win Arizona don't skip million-person Tucson. Not campaigning in Arizona means you will surely lose here, and Arizona has more votes than the other states I just mentioned where Obama is visiting often.