ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Thanks in part to the rise of Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential election cycle has seen conventional wisdom and typical political strategy thrown out the window, and a St. Louis University professor who is nationally recognized for his study of the Presidency says the same thing may be said later this year about the selection of Vice-Presidential running mates.
Joel Goldstein is the author of several books on the Vice-Presidency and the executive branch and his latest work, The White House Vice Presidency, which tracks the evolution of the office from Walter Mondale to Joe Biden, was just released last week. In a review released by the publisher (University of Kansas Press), Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute said the role and scope of the office has changed dramatically over the last 40 years and that Goldstein “provides important insights into presidential decision-making for every occupant of the office since Jimmy Carter. His book will be the definitive guide to the office of vice president and its modern history for a long time to come. ”
We asked Goldstein about what to expect between now and the fall when it comes to the VP selection process in an email interview: