Title page for ETD etd-12182008-135618

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Boxleitner, Jon Arthur
Author's Email Address jon.boxleitner@pennmanor.net
URN etd-12182008-135618
Title Balancing the Ticket: How Selecting A Vice President Has Changed in the Modern Era
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brians, Craig Leonard Committee Chair
Hult, Karen M. Committee Member
Walcott, Charles E. Committee Member
  • running mate
  • veepstakes
  • balance the ticket
  • balancing the ticket
Date of Defense 2008-12-09
Availability unrestricted
Over the past century, the role of the vice presidency has increased drastically, to the point that some view the president and the vice president as a co-presidency. When this started and who perpetuated the change is up to debate, but the fact that the vice presidency and the vice-presidential selection process have increased in visibility and importance is not. This project analyzes the changes that occurred in the selection of the vice-presidential running mates in the last four decades by comparing the news coverage of the vice-presidential selection process in the years 1968 and 2000. What characteristics (such as ideology, compatibility, moral character, experience, etc.) do the media value most when reporting on the vice-presidential selection? The study observes the presidential election-year months of March through December in order to acquire data from the time the veepstakes speculation starts—after a presidential candidate secures enough delegates to win the nomination—to after the general election–where the electoral impact of the vice-presidential choice can be interpreted.
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