The Running Mate
Jack Houston St. Clair's father just happens to be President of the United States, a Republican in a nasty fight to be re-elected to a second term.
When a Secret Service agent who's friends with Jack finds out the Democratic candidate's running mate is sleeping with someone he shouldn't be, he breaks his oath of silence and tells Jack, who suddenly finds himself in a whirlpool of intrigue. More
Jack Houston St. Clair's father just happens to be President of the United States, Sam Houston St. Clair, a Republican in a nasty fight to be re-elected to a second term.
But the cards are stacked against him. Unemployment is up and rising. Political tensions abroad are on the verge of erupting out of control. Iran has become a terrorist nightmare. And he is facing a venerable Governor Mowbray from Pennsylvania that everybody loves. Mowbray's running mate on the Democratic ticket is the charismatic Senator Bill Dumaine.
Carlos Rodriguez is the Secret Service agent in charge of the unit protecting Dumaine. As he says, "I'm paid to notice the little things." One of the things he notices is that Dumaine is secretly sleeping with somebody he shouldn't be sleeping with. And since Jack saved his life a long time ago, he decides to break the Secret Service oath of silence and tell Jack what he knows so he can pass it on to the President.
Jack travels to Washington to see his dad, and ends up becoming embroiled not only in election year politics, but an international plot to kill Dumaine because of his foreign policy views.