FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama has already made history in this campaign, but what if he does it one more time by picking a Republican as his V.P.?
Salon.com reports about the buzz surrounding GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as a potential choice for Obama. Hagel admittedly is a long shot for the job. Just imagine the symbolism: Obama could truly hit home the message that he's serious about changing the way Washington works by running with a Republican.
And there's no better Republican for him to run with than Chuck Hagel. Hagel is retiring at the end of his term. He has been very tough on President Bush when it comes to the war in Iraq. Last year, Hagel said that Bush was "not accountable anymore" and that "before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment." Hagel was also recently critical of his longtime friend, John McCain... particularly some of McCain's comments about Iran. Hagel said he thinks McCain "is smarter than some of the things he is saying."
The article points out that although many tout Hagel as a moderate Republican who's willing to reach across the aisle, he's still a conservative. And there's the rub. Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat and friend of Hagel's, says it would be hard to imagine his party backing someone who's anti-choice, anti-civil rights for gays and anti-gun control, adding "It's not impossible, but it's bumping right up on the edge."
For his part, Hagel has yet to endorse John McCain. It's been reported that Hagel's wife gave Obama $500 in February. And, in a CNN interview last month, Hagel himself laughed off a question about being Obama's running mate, but he didn't rule it out saying he's "going to try and find some honest work."
Here’s my question to you: What message would it send if Barack Obama picked Republican Chuck Hagel as V.P.?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I think it would be a great decision. We need a statesman in the White House, not a party leader. Barack has to demonstrate that he can govern across party lines. We are tired of the Red state-Blue state divide. This would demonstrate he is committed to ending that division.
Stacy from Fairfax, Virginia writes:
This would be a big mistake for the Democratic Party and Obama campaign. First, it would do nothing to bring the party together. It would also signal that there isn't a qualified moderate Democrat available or willing to run as VP.
Jay from Mississippi writes:
Jack, It spells change. Hagel would certainly solve foreign policy issues. It would say that Obama will govern from the center and not the left. It would insure policies that benefit both sides and not just one side. It actually spells how America ought to be: an executive branch that is committed to representing all of the people
Greg from New York writes:
Hagel is a good man, I give him credit for standing up to his fellow Republicans on their war policy. I give him even more credit for defending Obama against his good friend McCain. The only thing is, he's still a Republican. If he were to take over the presidency, he'd still appoint conservative judges and such. Just because the two men have similar stances on the war doesn't mean they agree on every other policy there is.
Robert from Atlanta writes:
Sure, why not? Let’s make more of Hillary Clinton’s people angry and give the election to McBush.
Dayton from Columbia, Maryland writes:
It would mean that change is more important than any specific policy. I agree.
Gina from Long Beach, California writes:
Have you run out of things to talk about?