Political science class Dickinson College (1970's). I started to follow presidential campaign politics with Nixon, whom I disliked a great deal. I do not follow any other politics. When people vote for president it is different. Research it.
We all know this stuff. When the primaries are over, the candidates will do what they can to arrive at the "center." This is where they have the highest probability of winning. With study, you will discover that vice presidential candidates mean little beyond assisting the president in "getting to the center."
Nixon and Kennedy was about as close as can be for reasons you can study on your own, but, the Kennedy camp picked Johnson for VP and managed to get Jack closer to the center than Nixon (a "sitting" vice president). Nixon would, eventually, be a two term president who ran strong approval ratings until he got run out of town for "not being a crook."
Carter came out of nowhere, but please, he was perceived as "centrist" in contrast to Ford who couldn't shake the Nixon era.
Carter, a Georgian, selected Mondale, a Minnesotan and won the electoral college 297 to 240. They won all of the traditional democratic eastern states.
Look at the map, every state west of Texas and Minnesota went to Ford and Dole.
Don't get overly bogged down with Republican or Democratic stuff, a presidential election is different and the leaders of both parties know this. They know it so well it scares the daylights out of them.
If you don't agree with me? What about the last election? A TV personality with little interest in actually winning, won the election against the candidate who kissed all the Democratic interest's rear ends to the last day. People like underdogs don't they?
Truman was picked as the "loser" against Wallace. How did that work out?
In close ones? An awful lot of people vote for under dogs....look at the stats. Under dog has nothing to do with what some branch of the party wants, nothing.
Carter a Navy officer, businessman and deep south governor with a brother famous for drinking too much beat Gerald Ford another Navy officer, A center for the Michigan Wolverines football team, 14 year member of the house of representatives and a 7 year house minority leader. Ford was the "sitting" vice president.
If, for one moment, you think that being "in line with your party's ideals" matters in this election? Get your history book out.
Gallup just sent this out to us (Feb. 2020):
Whom exactly is "living in the center?"
Voters who decide presidential elections that's who.
Who knows this?
Republican and Democratic party operatives and vice presidential candidates that scream "democrat" might just not be on the menu.
How did Obama win? The folks in the center voted for him and those folks aren't Democrats or Republicans, they vote for the candidate they perceive as "closest to the center."
Bernie is "on the left"...that formula won't win.
Hilary Clinton lost all those votes from the independents....all of them.
You want Clinton as VP? This election looks like it might be close?
Perhaps they will pick a conservative midwesterner that gets Biden where he needs to be...the center. The electoral college serves a purpose, study history.