DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – What do the vice presidential nominees bring to their party’s respective ticket this year?
When it comes to Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine: “Professionalism, stability, experience, the kind of thing Hillary Clinton is looking for,” said Christopher Devine, assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton who specializes in vice presidents.
“He doesn’t bring a lot of flair and excitement, and he doesn’t bring exactly what the Bernie Sanders, progressive wing of the party is looking for which is a champion from their side, he’s more of a Centrist Democrat,” he added.
As for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the Republican side, Devine said, “I think Pence has been helpful in reassuring some Conservatives, especially Social Conservatives, who felt like Donald Trump was not one of them.”
He added he believes Pence has also reassured some members of Congress.
Much of Devine’s research is on the effectiveness of vice presidential nominees.
“Vice presidential candidates generally don’t do a whole lot,” he said. “The tend not to deliver states. They tend not to deliver demographic groups. What they can do is double down on a message that’s helpful to the campaign.”
He said this election voters will be focused on the top of the ticket: Trump or Clinton.