Has this ever happened before?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have entertained the idea of forming a unity presidential ticket to run for the White House in 2020, a source involved the discussions tells CNN.

Under this scenario, Kasich, a Republican, and Hickenlooper, a Democrat, would run as independents with Kasich at the top of the ticket, said the source, who cautioned it has only been casually talked about.

Source: Kasich, Hickenlooper consider unity presidential ticket in 2020

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Unity ticket

Yes. When Repub Abraham Lincoln ran for re-election in 1864 (post-Civil War), he chose Dem Andrew Johnson from TN as his running mate on the so-called "Unity" ticket.

Johnson, you may know, had been the only U. S. Senator from a Confederate state not to have resigned his seat. He had continued to serve TN in the Senate throughout the war. Of course, TN was the last state to have (reluctantly) joined the Confederacy, the first state to have been readmitted, and offered more enlistees to the Union army than did all other Confederate states combined.

As to Kasich and Hickenlooper, as well, the "unity" between those two preceded this stunt. Both are huge "ed reform" folk, especially WRT their support for charter schools. I'm not sure there's much to distinguish the one from the other, really.

I'll volunteer the opinion that there isn't a snowball's chance this duo would tackle the radical reforms the country needs economically, so I'm underwhelmed.

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