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Romney's Veep Pick
American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2012 | J. Robert Smith

Posted on 05/24/2012 2:19:47 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome

Voters don't want to be wowed in 2012; they want to be reassured that the next president will roll up his sleeves and get dirty restoring prosperity and cutting Uncle Sam's enormous credit card debt. Joel Osteen is plenty of inspiration on Sunday mornings.

The 65-year-old Romney has said on occasion that he wants a veep who can take over the presidency if -- God forbid -- something happens to him. This can be construed as boilerplate, the thing a presidential candidate says about a vice presidential pick (even about plagiarist and funnyman Joe Biden).

But Romney's a business exec, a button-down guy who has a responsibility to shareholders and investors, so to speak. Chances are, Romney means to have someone as veep along the lines of Dick Cheney, who can provide experienced backup and a seamless transition to the presidency, if the need arises.

That doesn't strike Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan from Romney's veep list. Both men are intelligent, capable, and politically astute. Rubio has an obvious appeal to Hispanics and would likely sew up Florida for Romney. Ryan, an upper-Midwesterner, could help move Wisconsin (his home state), neighboring Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa into the Romney column. Both Rubio and Ryan are button-down sorts, which should appeal to Romney.

But Rubio and Ryan are young and short on the sort of the executive experience that Romney may be seeking in a vice president. The nation is facing serious challenges. Seasoning and a strong track record heading enterprises of one type or another may be the ticket to run with Romney.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; elections; naturalborncitizen; obama
Any readers of tea leaves out there care to weigh in on the presumptive GOP-e nominee's choice for the #2 spot?
1 posted on 05/24/2012 2:19:56 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Joel Osteen, are you kidding?


2 posted on 05/24/2012 2:39:26 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

I’d lean towards a governor or a former military person, although Rubio and Ryan are both appealing. Marco Rubio hasn’t yet completed a full term in the Senate..and he is a most welcome addition and breath of fresh air to that body. Same for Allen West.

Executives in corporations are used to doing succession planning. And you can bet that whoever it is, that person will be THE most thoroughly vetted candidate out there.

Allen West has obvious appeal for me but so does Bobby Jindahl. Others not mentioned are Daniel Petraeus and of course, Sarah Palin (although I don’t think he’ll pick her, he may offer her a Cabinet spot). Other than that, I cannot read tea leaves..


3 posted on 05/24/2012 2:44:34 AM PDT by SueRae (The Tower of Sauron falls on 11.06.2012)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

presumptuous candidate!


4 posted on 05/24/2012 2:44:34 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
Nikki Haley or Sarah Palin if PIAPS gets Plug's job (for obvious political reasons)—and Mitt is going to wait to see if she does.

Romney was weak in the South and Gov Haley can help him there and Palin...well, she is choice Tea Party bait.

5 posted on 05/24/2012 2:46:29 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("If an Evil be politically correct--none dare call it Evil.")
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

ROMNEY-CHRISTIE 2012 - will send me packing again just when I was practicing holding my nose!


6 posted on 05/24/2012 2:48:24 AM PDT by broken_arrow1
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Who says the VP HAS to be a politician?


7 posted on 05/24/2012 2:52:12 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

He’s not going to pick anyone controversial. He’ll choose someone as boring and flipfloppy as he is. If John Kerry was a Rino he’d choose him.


8 posted on 05/24/2012 2:55:10 AM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: broken_arrow1

I also hope Mr. Romney does not choose Rubio.... As much as I like Mr Rubio, unfortunately, as per article 2 of the US Constitution, he can not qualify as a Natural Born Citizen. Both parents, mother and father, were not citizens when he was born. If Romney selects him, this would give legitimacy to Obummer and reduce the core of his base


9 posted on 05/24/2012 3:08:48 AM PDT by Save-the-Union
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To: GreatRoad
"He’s not going to pick anyone controversial. He’ll choose someone as boring and flipfloppy as he is. If John Kerry was a Rino he’d choose him."

There's a difference any longer?

10 posted on 05/24/2012 3:09:48 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If not you, who? If not now, when?)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

“There’s a difference any longer?”

No - we are ruled by a Republicrat oligarchy.

If Mitt had any sense, he’d choose Allen West.

No one got on the McCain wagon until he chose a real conservative as a VP candidate.

Plus, we could accuse those not supporting the Romney ticket of being racist, and deal with libtards on there own terms.


11 posted on 05/24/2012 3:15:58 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Romney the unwanted should pull out NOW and save
America.

But Romney is only FOR ROMNEY.

ROmneyCARE for the GOPe

TARP for the GOPe

RomneyLOVE for the GOPe

LYING for the GOPe

Sharia for the GOPe

What is the difference between the GOPe and the DNC?
Nothing.


12 posted on 05/24/2012 3:27:03 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
It sounds reasonable, well balanced, well written, and wrong.

To actually win this election, Romney is going to have to not only motivate Conservatives, he's going to have to get them fired up.

"Oh, I suppose so..."

... is not going to cut the mustard.

13 posted on 05/24/2012 3:38:07 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin

It seems obvious to me: once more with Palin, but this time Palin unshackled.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 3:47:59 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

They’re fishing around for a boring, safe “anti-Palin” who won’t threaten either Romney or the GOP-E.


15 posted on 05/24/2012 4:00:38 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
Joe Biden would be my choice.

He seems to be working for Mitt, harder than Mitt is.

16 posted on 05/24/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Ronin
"Oh, I suppose so..." ... is not going to cut the mustard.

I don't know about that. "Oh, I suppose so..." is the most enthusiasm Romney has ever inspired, and it worked for him for Gov, for several primaries, and even for getting married. [Does anyone really think Ann Romney was thrilled rather than just resigned to marrying someone who could provide for the many planned kids?] I plan on voting this November, no matter what, to help elect a conservative Congress, just as I hope no conservative will stay home in the most important election in American history. Once we're in the voting booth, I imagine a lot of people who are at best disappointed by Romney will consider the alternative and say, "Oh, I suppose so..."

17 posted on 05/24/2012 6:03:10 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
I'd ike to see a governor... Jindal, Perry or even Christie (only if he puts NJ in play). I have a bad feeling we are going to end up with this idiot.
18 posted on 05/24/2012 6:03:29 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: SueRae

Petraeus is most likely a Democrat.


19 posted on 05/24/2012 6:36:24 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

I’m not terribly interested in who Romney picks. Romney is, as far as we know, in good health. My vote (or lack thereof) will be determined by the person who would be doing the job, not the understudy who goes to funerals.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 6:59:09 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: wolfman23601
Not Huntsman--we'll never see a ticket with two Mormons.

Barbour is definitely a loser after the uproar over his pardons just before he left office.

I wonder if Romney will feel pressure someone from a mainstream Protestant background--if he chooses a Catholic it would be the first ticket without a Protestant on it. Maybe that doesn't matter--we have the first Supreme Court which has no Protestants on it and few people even notice.

21 posted on 05/24/2012 7:11:41 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SueRae

Rubio and Jindal are not natural born citizens. They are not eligible to be VP or POTUS. If he puts either of them on the ticket the lawsuits and outcry will start immediately. Tens of thousands of GOP voters including me will stay home and not vote. We don’t need that kind of distraction going on right now.

A poll conducted this week shows Rubio does nothing to help Mitt in Fla. Allen West would be great and he’s NBC. Bob McDonnell from VA is a good choice and N VA is going to be a squeaker in the general election. Rob Portman from Ohio is also a good choice. Ohio is a must win state.


22 posted on 05/24/2012 8:23:27 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

I don’t think he needs a protestant, but he needs a Christian for sure. If not Huntsman, it will be either a Catholic or mainline protestant.


23 posted on 05/24/2012 8:26:04 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I am from VA and trust me, Bob McDonnell would NOT be a good choice. No way in hell would I vote for a ticket with that POS on it. I’d rather he pick Lindsey Graham.


24 posted on 05/24/2012 8:31:23 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: SueRae
Sarah Palin (although I don’t think he’ll pick her, he may offer her a Cabinet spot).

He can't do anything that will help Palin, or conservatives.

Remember that the very purpose of getting him the nomination was to stop Palin and the tea party, and the conservative surge since she emerged in 2008.

25 posted on 05/24/2012 9:44:45 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Yeah!!! Graybeard58 and wife, and their new kids!!!!!)
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To: lodi90

A friend is a conservative West Pointer O-6 who worked for Petraeus in Afghanistan. My friend says that Petraeus is a very pragmatic person who stays neutral in front of the cameras, but is quite conservative in private.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 9:52:33 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Joel Osteen and Romney are the same in that they only tell people what they want to hear.


27 posted on 05/24/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT by libdestroyer
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