Running Mates

This puzzle is based on a contest in GAMES magazine.
. . . which I did not win.

The assignment is to pair up people, living, dead, and/or fictional, to be running mates in a presidential campaign. The pairings are based on the two last names fitting together to make a familiar-sounding term, such as drummer Ringo Starr teaming up with detective Phil Fish to create the Starr / Fish ticket. For each imaginary team, there is a campaign slogan. See if you can figure out my teams and their slogans.

The gender of first name in the "If...chose" statements might help a bit. Another clue is that while most name pairs are separated with a slash (e.g. the aforementioned "Starr/Fish"), a few are connected with an ampersand (e.g. if I had a team named "Thayer & Bach").

Start with the most obvious names first (e.g. think what goes well with "Trump"), then get to the harder ones through elimination.

Note that there are two men named Black, and they are interchangeable as far as this puzzle goes.


Roseanne
BARR
Barbara Helen
BERGER
Clint
BLACK
Jack
BLACK
John
CANDY
Michael
CARD
Vicki
CARR
Jim
CARREY
Johnny
CASH
Natalie
COLE
Robert
COTTON
Fletcher
CHRISTIAN
Charlotte
CHURCH
Mr.
CLEAN
Neil
DIAMOND
Minnie
DRIVER
John
FURNISS
Olivier
GARDON
Bill
GATES
Peter
GUNN
Faith
HILL
Billie
HOLIDAY
Bob
HOPE
Gregory
HOUSE
Pope
INNOCENT
Joan
JETT
Chaka
KHAN
Carole
KING
Gladys
KNIGHT
John
LENNON
Aimee
MANN
Bill
MEDLEY
Natalie
MERCHANT
Lorenzo
MUSIC
Robert
PLANT
Johan
ROMAN
John Wesley
SHIPP
Anna Nicole
SMITH
David
SPADE
Donna
SUMMER
Richard
TEE
Donald
TRUMP
Desmond
TUTU
Shania
TWAIN
Frankie
VALLI
Ethel
WATERS
Faye
WRAY
Neil
YOUNG

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
& . . . A good deal for our country.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . A Fairy-Tale Relationship

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . As comfortable as you can get.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Bring back the good old days.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Can you dig it?

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Delivering for America.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Donít just sit there!

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Forging Americaís future.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Fresh Ideas, Bright Future.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . If you carat all, vote for us.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Keeping the nation on twack.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Leading America out of the darkness.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Make yourself comfortable.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
& . . . On the road to victory.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . One whopper after another.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Politics as usual!

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
& . . . Stability for the ups and downs.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Sweet on America!

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Tell me more, tell me more . . .

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Theocracy at its best.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Tuned in to your future.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . We got all the tricks.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as his running mate, we might hear this slogan:
& . . . Your answer to Old & Corrupt.

If _______ _______ chose _______ _______ as her running mate, we might hear this slogan:
/ . . . Zapping our enemies off the planet!


My Answer