A Heartbeat Away

If drafted, he will run. If nominated, he will accept. But to be Vice President, Joel has to get vetted first

Illustration by John Ueland for TIME

My childhood dream was to grow up to be Vice President. That way, I figured, I'd get to be in history books, but I wouldn't have to do any work. I am the one person who, even after my parents pointed him out on TV, aspired to become Walter Mondale. With voters asking for change, this might be my year. So I called a person who has vetted vice-presidential candidates for past nominees and asked him to vet me. Because of the sensitive nature of his work, he requested that he remain anonymous—and that I not give him a...

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