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The VP Pick: Does it Matter?

We've been doing a series on the different vice presidential contenders...which beckons the question: how much does it actually matter? Some pundits say VP picks help make up for a candidate's failings. Others say it has the opposite effect, by highlighting weak points. Many political analysts say the best thing a candidate can do is pick a VP with a clean record--so the choice won't get a Presidential contender into trouble. But with the oldest potential president running against the first African-American candidate, a few analysts are saying the play book has gone out the window; the VP choice will decide everything. Who's right?

* Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
* Paul Hatfield, treasurer of the Neighborhood Council Valley Village
and a CPA