Kerry Offered McCain Co-Presidency
The “Outlandish” McCain Offer (Newsweek)
Kerry’s courtship of Senator John McCain to be his running mate was longer-standing and more intense than previously reported. As far back as August 2003, Kerry had taken McCain to breakfast to sound him out to run on a unity ticket. McCain batted away the idea as not serious, but Kerry, after he wrapped up the nomination in March, went back after McCain a half-dozen more times. “To show just how sincere he was, he made an outlandish offer,” Newsweek’s Thomas reports. “If McCain said yes he would expand the role of vice president to include secretary of Defense and the overall control of foreign policy. McCain exclaimed, ‘You’re out of your mind. I don’t even know if it’s constitutional, and it certainly wouldn’t sell.'” Kerry was thwarted and furious. “Why the f— didn’t he take it? After what the Bush people did to him…'”
Amazing. While I don’t see any constitutional problems with delegating huge responsibilities to the Vice President it would be, to say the least, highly irregular. Indeed, a president who wasn’t running his own foreign and defense policy would hardly be president at all, given that those are the most significant powers and responsibilities he has.