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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.

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KEYWORDS: 2012; elections; naturalborncitizen; obama
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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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