- Former advisers to presidential candidates say it takes eight weeks to properly vet running mates, and there's not much more time left to carry out the process
- Even if the nomination isn't clinched, candidates should start the selection process, the authors say
Robert F. Bauer is a partner at Perkins Coie, former White House counsel, and former general counsel to Obama for America. Charles R. Black is chairman of Prime Policy Group and a former adviser to several presidential candidates including John McCain in 2008. Together they have co-chaired the Vice Presidential Selection Working Group at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors.
(CNN)For the presidential campaigns, beginning early and devoting adequate time to vetting and selecting a running mate has never been as important as it is this year.