Today we launch the 2012 PoliticalDerby.com Vice Presidential Candidate Championship. Voting for each round will take place over a one week period. You will be able to vote once per day. This 32 candidate single elimination tournament features four regions: Governor, Former Candidate, Senator, and Game Changer. The candidates were selected and seeded through an exhaustive and arduous process by the tournament committee made up of the PoliticalDerby.com Editors. Now, if you’re ready to start your office pool, you can download the entire bracket here

Feel free to discuss any of the match-ups, candidates left out, seedings you disagree with, or general complains about the committee in the comments. Voting is now open below the jump and will remain open until May 1 at 11:59 pm EST.
























Comments

  • Anonymous

    Loved this idea! I’m sure Steve Doocey will bring this up with his buddy on FOX next time they talk presidential horse races.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this idea! I’m sure Steve Doocey will bring this up with his buddy on FOX next time they talk presidential horse races.

  • Anonymous

    I only wished you could pit Palin & Gingrich against each other. Then vote against them both.

  • Anonymous

    I only wished you could pit Palin & Gingrich against each other. Then vote against them both.

  • Gururussell

    Where’s RICK PERRY?
    Alaina demands that you add Rick Perry!
    (so she can vote against him – early and often)

    • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

       Rick Perry had to decline our invitation due to persistent back pain.

      • David Kaiser, Editor

        He actually responded to the invitation late, but was so doped up on painkillers, he said his name was “George W. Bush.”

    • Alaina

      *Gagging*

      • Gururussell

        On a brighter note…at least we get a chance to vote for Mike Pence now!

  • Gururussell

    Where’s RICK PERRY?
    Alaina demands that you add Rick Perry!
    (so she can vote against him – early and often)

    • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson

       Rick Perry had to decline our invitation due to persistent back pain.

      • David Kaiser, Editor

        He actually responded to the invitation late, but was so doped up on painkillers, he said his name was “George W. Bush.”

    • Alaina

      *Gagging*

      • Gururussell

        On a brighter note…at least we get a chance to vote for Mike Pence now!

  • Wrigjef

    I’ll suggest another game changer, Mike Leavit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Leavitt

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Eh. He has the resume, but he’s too similar to Romney and doesn’t bring anything major to the table that isn’t already there. Businessman, governor, religion. Utah is pretty much in the bag for the GOP, and his ties to the Bush administration leave him as a major target for Obama.

  • Wrigjef

    I’ll suggest another game changer, Mike Leavit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Leavitt

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Eh. He has the resume, but he’s too similar to Romney and doesn’t bring anything major to the table that isn’t already there. Businessman, governor, religion. Utah is pretty much in the bag for the GOP, and his ties to the Bush administration leave him as a major target for Obama.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at Christi vs Sandoval you ask yourself, “Which one is worst?”  Christi has taken on the school unions and won while my Governor has gone back on his no tax pledge twice already. 

    • Anonymous

      BTW: I voted selfishly for Sandoval in the hopes that this state could get rid of him and have the Lt Governor take over.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at Christi vs Sandoval you ask yourself, “Which one is worst?”  Christi has taken on the school unions and won while my Governor has gone back on his no tax pledge twice already. 

    • Anonymous

      BTW: I voted selfishly for Sandoval in the hopes that this state could get rid of him and have the Lt Governor take over.

  • AWB

    Nikki Haley is severely overrated too. She’s not that popular in SC which is really conservative; it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which she makes even an early cut. I think Jindal is underrated on your list. Even though I suspect he won’t ultimately get the nod, I’d say he’s a much better bet than Haley (more experience, fewer liabilities).

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Except Haley at least gives you a shot at digging into what could be Romney’s biggest weakness – women voters.

  • AWB

    Nikki Haley is severely overrated too. She’s not that popular in SC which is really conservative; it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which she makes even an early cut. I think Jindal is underrated on your list. Even though I suspect he won’t ultimately get the nod, I’d say he’s a much better bet than Haley (more experience, fewer liabilities).

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Except Haley at least gives you a shot at digging into what could be Romney’s biggest weakness – women voters.

  • AWB

    The “former candidate” list is also pretty sketchy. It’s hard to imagine anyone on that list other than Pawlenty and Huckabee getting even a 2nd thought from the Romney campaign.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      We had to come up with 32 names and a way to sort them, give us a little credit for being creative :)

  • AWB

    The “former candidate” list is also pretty sketchy. It’s hard to imagine anyone on that list other than Pawlenty and Huckabee getting even a 2nd thought from the Romney campaign.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      We had to come up with 32 names and a way to sort them, give us a little credit for being creative :)

  • AWB

    With the exception of Paul Ryan, the so-called “game changer” category is filled with never-going-to-happen disaster picks. Okay, Pence isn’t, but there’s no way a guy who’s in the process of running for governor is going to get selected when there are other stronger picks out there. And yes, West is included in the disaster list. 78 to 81 Communist party members (not just philosophic Communists, which would already be outrageous) in the US Congress. Really?! Step aside, Senator McCarthy!

  • AWB

    With the exception of Paul Ryan, the so-called “game changer” category is filled with never-going-to-happen disaster picks. Okay, Pence isn’t, but there’s no way a guy who’s in the process of running for governor is going to get selected when there are other stronger picks out there. And yes, West is included in the disaster list. 78 to 81 Communist party members (not just philosophic Communists, which would already be outrageous) in the US Congress. Really?! Step aside, Senator McCarthy!

  • Anonymous

    Putting Ryan and West against each other is brutal.
    Kyl and Paul is almost as brutal as Kyl has been, at times, a very good Republican.

    • Gururussell

      Agree about Ryan/West and Kyl/Paul.  Also, Rubio/DeMint is a tough one.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

        Do either of you really think West, Paul, or DeMint have any chance of being selected though?

        • Gururussell

          West & DeMint?  Nope.
          Paul?  No, but I still think that there is a very slim possibility, since he would appease two very important elements (Tea Party, Ron Paul folks).

          But lets face it…2/3 of the 32 listed don’t honestly have a chance, either.  But, it makes for interesting conversation!

        • Anonymous

          All good choices but because they are good choices they don’t have a shot.

  • Anonymous

    Putting Ryan and West against each other is brutal.
    Kyl and Paul is almost as brutal as Kyl has been, at times, a very good Republican.

    • Gururussell

      Agree about Ryan/West and Kyl/Paul.  Also, Rubio/DeMint is a tough one.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson

        Do either of you really think West, Paul, or DeMint have any chance of being selected though?

        • Gururussell

          West & DeMint?  Nope.
          Paul?  No, but I still think that there is a very slim possibility, since he would appease two very important elements (Tea Party, Ron Paul folks).

          But lets face it…2/3 of the 32 listed don’t honestly have a chance, either.  But, it makes for interesting conversation!

        • Anonymous

          All good choices but because they are good choices they don’t have a shot.

  • Raul

    I predict Rand Paul and Donald Trump both pull upsets.

  • Raul

    I predict Rand Paul and Donald Trump both pull upsets.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

    I’m going to predict Rand Paul and Donald Trump both pull the upset.

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    So who left off the bracket was the biggest snub?

    I think Marco Rubio got robbed as a two seed, he is better than just about any other one seed in this bracket.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

      Rubio is young. Florida is very likely to go Republican anyway. Now Ohio, that is a huge battleground for Mitt Romney. Rob Portman is experienced, well respected, and may be able to deliver Ohio. He is certainly the more likely choice.

    • Gururussell

      I agree…would’ve seeded Rubio as #1 Senator, above Portman.

      The mayor of Killen (my hometown) is experienced and well respected, but that can only take you so far.  Do we typically elect the most experienced and well respected candidates?  Obama?  Palin?  Biden?  ad nauseum…

      • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

        Fortunately for you guys, there is virtually no difference between a 1 and 2 seed. That is, unless the Paulites drive Rand Paul through.

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    So who left off the bracket was the biggest snub?

    I think Marco Rubio got robbed as a two seed, he is better than just about any other one seed in this bracket.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson

      Rubio is young. Florida is very likely to go Republican anyway. Now Ohio, that is a huge battleground for Mitt Romney. Rob Portman is experienced, well respected, and may be able to deliver Ohio. He is certainly the more likely choice.

    • Gururussell

      I agree…would’ve seeded Rubio as #1 Senator, above Portman.

      The mayor of Killen (my hometown) is experienced and well respected, but that can only take you so far.  Do we typically elect the most experienced and well respected candidates?  Obama?  Palin?  Biden?  ad nauseum…

      • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson

        Fortunately for you guys, there is virtually no difference between a 1 and 2 seed. That is, unless the Paulites drive Rand Paul through.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

    Also, we want to recognize Gary “Guru” Russell for the suggestion of this feature.

    • Gururussell

      I’m generally good for about one decent idea a year – give or take a few years.

      Great job with fleshing out the idea, PD editors!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson

    Also, we want to recognize Gary “Guru” Russell for the suggestion of this feature.

    • Gururussell

      I’m generally good for about one decent idea a year – give or take a few years.

      Great job with fleshing out the idea, PD editors!