Pop Quiz: A Funny Money History of Vice Presidential Candidates

Joe Biden Paul RomneyWhen it comes to election season, all eyes usually focus on the top of the ticket. But while the presidential candidates are seen as the main event, they are often not as interesting as their running mates. With less of a need to cater to the center, vice presidential candidates can have more fun, be a bit more outrageous, occasionally make some waves financially.

With the vice presidential debate coming up on Oct. 11, it's a great time to look at financial foibles of the men and women who fought so hard for the chance to be be a heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the land. If you're interested in the bottom of the ticket -- or just want to relive some of the more exciting political moments of the past 60 years, here's a quiz to help you remember some of the more interesting people to run for office in America.




Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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mily469

willard where are your tax returns?

October 10 2012 at 1:01 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
milsamuel

To think that Biden might actually have to make any kind of decision about the US is scary. I wonder who chooses his clothes and dresses him each day

October 08 2012 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crimeslawyer

Does anyone really think that Biden is qualified for VP, let alone president?????

October 08 2012 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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milsamuel

Nope to think he might actually have to make any sort of decision about this country is scary makes you wonder who chooses his clothes and dresses him of a morning

October 08 2012 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
milsamuel

nope it scares me

October 08 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ShirleyorLloyd

WAKE UP AMERICA.OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS.THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR POCKETS,BERNAKE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE,HE JUST GOT HIS HOME REFINANCE AT A LOWER RATE.IT'S OBVIOUS OBAMA ENJOYS THE PEOPLE WITH THE BIG BUCKS IN HOLLYWOOD THEY GET ALL KINDS OF BREAKS RIGHT PELOSI.THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SO HUNG UP ON ROMNEY'S WEALTH.I TRUST ROMNEY TO LEAD US TO A BETTER PATH BECAUSE HE DOES NOT NEED THE MONEY.

October 08 2012 at 8:47 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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mily469

haha. thanks for the laugh first thing in the morning. i really needed that!!!!

October 08 2012 at 9:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
croone22

ncrothe is right! The U.S. is now number 21 of 29 in world literacy(math and science). And that's why the moral majority is ruled by an immoral minority.

October 07 2012 at 11:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dajt666

ryan drove the wienermobile once so he knows EVERYTHING there is about working hard to get where you are at. ryan is a fraud.

October 07 2012 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
mphseason

Ryan was the dolt in school we all use to throw our stuff at because he was such a Di**. Joe was that person whom was a smart as a whip, but he never let you know that, and would help you change your tire if you had a flat…plus if Mittens gets elected, and impeached due to information found out about his foreign trades/affairs/connections…it would leave us a pencil neck geek as the next president….Give me JOE !

October 07 2012 at 2:05 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

Janet is one of those compassionate tolerant liberals that we always hear about. LOL. Janet still runs around chanting yes we can in her trailer park and is upset because she didn't get a raise on her welfare check.

October 07 2012 at 11:27 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
mily469

my being a grown up and having worked 11 years on my kids school playground i got the distinct impression during the presidential debate obama was the nerd with all the right facts and answers and romney is the spoiled brat liar who just cannot admit he is wrong and keeps repeating the same lie over and over when caught to get out of trouble, but you know he's lying and just try to get him in the corner to do his punishment. romney stands for him being president and saying ANYTHING to acheive that goal. romney would make a horrible president. romneys record as a businessman proves that. romney lives to be bailed out. just a historical fact.

October 08 2012 at 9:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
thefacts22

There is no question in my mind that our electorate knowledge has been going down for decades.......The quality of public education is horrible,,,and everything seems to predict that we will fall even more,if obama gets reelected.....Biden was well "selected"he was always known for not thinking....It is scary that he ever gets to be President

October 07 2012 at 12:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ncrothe

There are certainly an unusually large segment of people here who have unusually low I.Q.'s. They neither understand the constitution, business, or how government works. I suppose this is exactly why we elect the people we do! Hope and Change? Puleeeze, you were all suckers for going that route! (LOL) And you deserve to be working class!

October 07 2012 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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croone22

You got that right! The U.S. is now number 21 of 29 in world literacy(math and science). And that's why the moral majoroty is ruled by an immoral minority.

October 07 2012 at 10:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dookie11519

excuse me fellow American.... in the debate did i not hear Romney say that small business keeps over 50% of Americans working. oh yes i did. and did he say three minutes later that the top 3% employ half of those people. Working people of AMERICA why in the hell are we letting that 3% still say they are small businesses!? i say keep a wealthy capitalist in business (and paying his or her fare share of taxes) because they do even MORE HARM in politics!

October 07 2012 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

I know what you mean rich people like Obama Pelosi and Reid don't pay their fair and irritate me too.

October 07 2012 at 11:28 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply