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Our Take: When voting for president, we don't just cast our votes for a president and vice president; we are engaging in the election of a complete package. In this column, Bill Keller breaks down the Mitt Romney presidential package and what we might be voting for come November. The piece appeared Sunday in The New York Times.
"Brace yourself for weeks of chatter about Mitt Romney's running mate. Vice presidents matter, as we have been spookily reminded by the recent re-emergence of Dick Cheney on our TV screens. And Paul Ryan matters more than most.
"But these days you don't just elect a ticket of two; you elect a whole package. Presidents come with a cast of advisers, think tanks, lobbyists, legislators, donors and watchdogs. Some in the entourage end up in key jobs; others operate as a kind of shadow cabinet, vetting choices and enforcing doctrine."
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