Skip to comments.Romney's Veep Pick
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Osteen and Romney are the same in that they only tell people what they want to hear.
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