Letters to the Editor

VP choices crucial, partly because both major candidates unpopular

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are virtually locked in as the Republican and Democratic nominees in November’s presidential election, with little likelihood of change at party conventions next month.

Still in question is whom those two nominees will pick as their vice presidential running mates. There are rumors about potential picks in both parties.

But with Trump and Clinton both having grown to be almost larger-than-life personalities, perhaps the bigger question is whether the running mates will really matter come November. What do you think?


Of course, it makes a big difference whom the presidential candidates choose as their vice presidential running mates.

But with Trump not so much, since he is the whole show on the Republican ticket, unless he picks another Sarah Palin or right-wing nut like her.

However, for Hillary, if she picks another woman, she is history.

I’m convinced that if Al Gore had not chosen an unattractive little whiner in 2000, he might have squeezed out the victory.

I’ve meanwhile found the perfect choice for Hillary — and he’s from Texas: state Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. I wish I knew how to let her know.

Roger C. Propes, Pantego


Clinton’s and Trump’s running mates really do matter.

If Clinton picks a “progressive,” such as Elizabeth Warren, or an independent socialist like Bernie Sanders, as her running mate, we can expect our fate to be ultimately similar to that of Venezuela, which has enough oil for all its citizens to live well, except that it has been devastated by socialism.

For Trump to have a chance to win the presidency in November, he must put forward someone with experience in government as his vice president.

I used to think this person should be Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But now, because of his success as U.S. House speaker and forceful demeanor, I think Newt Gingrich should be that person.

Hugh T. Lefler Jr., Fort Worth


Only two Republicans consider second chair on the SS Trumptanic a great honor and opportunity: Rep. Louie “Loony” Gohmert of Texas and Sen. Jeff “Secession” Sessions of Alabama.

Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann want it, but even Trump isn’t that stupid.

If advising Hillary, I would urge her to choose U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California’s 34th Congressional District.

He’s chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, a member of many powerful committees, an experienced legislator, is well liked on both sides of the aisle and is from a solid blue district — an easy win for Democrats in a special election.

Paul R. Schattman, Arlington


Because Clinton’s and Trump’s primary objective is to stay in the limelight, their choices of vice president are an open field of contenders and speculation.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a profound knowledge of the executive branch and Congress. She’s been praised for her foreign policy chops and has the resume to prove it.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa has legislative experience and is an Iraq War veteran as an Army lieutenant colonel. So her military background would add stability to Trump’s cabinet.

Clinton’s viable choice for VP, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is very popular with the far-left activist base and is a radical socialist, as is Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The other option would be Bill Clinton — who could argue that combination and resume? They would complement each other.

The candidates’ choices of mates will matter come November. Just vote your conscience.

Rex Cantrell, Fort Worth


I don’t believe that either Trump or Clinton can name a vice presidential candidate capable of overriding the stench of their own candidacies.

Fortunately, we have an alternative. I will be voting for former governors Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts, the Libertarian ticket.

Lloyd Christensen, Arlington


Trump and Clinton are such divisive personalities that the election will be all about them.

Unless one of the vice presidential candidates is a cute puppy or a serial killer, they won’t have much effect.

This means they should feel free to select running mates based purely on who would make a good president. It’s important that they do so, because there’s a higher-than-average chance that the next vice president will become president.

Trump and Clinton are old, thus likely to die or become ill. Because they’re so widely hated, there’s the prospect of assassination.

They also have a good chance of being impeached — Clinton over the emails (and because, if Congress remains Republican, it will want to get rid of her), and Trump, because he neither knows nor cares what the president is allowed to do, will probably do something unconstitutional.

George Michael Sherry,

Fort Worth


Running mates will matter come November.

Good choices for running mates are usually geographically diverse from the candidate.

Trump needs a running mate who has a lot of experience in Congress due to his lack of experience. This is why Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama makes sense on both counts.

I can’t imagine who Hillary Clinton can pick as a running mate who would help her. You either blindly follow Hillary or you detest her.

Hillary’s previous government experience is so fraught with inept actions that it is really a deterrence to her election.

People are saying that she may pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which, in my opinion, would be the worst possible choice, adding nothing to her election chances.

Walter H. Delashmit, Justin


Hillary Clinton could win back many discouraged progressives by selecting Elizabeth Warren as her VP.

Not only has Warren been a warrior against Wall Street, but also a darling of the left since becoming a senator from Massachusetts.

Trump’s campaign is headed off a cliff, and any person agreeing to be his VP is signing his or her political death warrant.

Blerim Elmazi, Arlington


The veep is the “spare.” The presidential nominee selects one who, hopefully, has similar ideals and can carry on seamlessly should something happen to the president. Likewise, the Cabinet is chosen with strengths to compliment the president.

Unfortunately, our current president’s criteria for choosing are a bit confusing as he does not want advice from anyone — especially not in areas of the military, national security and immigration.

Eva Snapka, Arlington