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Republican Insiders Have A Favorite For Veep: Senator Rob Portman
Buzz Feed ^ | April 21, 2012 | Zeke Miller

Posted on 04/22/2012 11:35:57 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer in the fall, and already consensus is building behind one potential vice presidential nominee — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

In an informal survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at this weekend’s State Chairman meeting at a resort here, two-thirds said they believe Portman is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney. The committee members spoke to BuzzFeed only on the condition of anonymity.

“He’s from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, it’s that simple,” said one state chair.

Portman, a former Congressman from the Cincinnati area who was director of the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. And the warmth Republican elites express for him stems much from a desire to avoid another risky, flamboyant pick like Sarah Palin as it does for his ability to help carry an important swing state.

“Romney needs to make a safe pick, and keep talking about the economy — and that’s Rob Portman,” said one committeewoman from the West.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: robportman

1 posted on 04/22/2012 11:36:02 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ohio ping


2 posted on 04/22/2012 11:38:45 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; LS; Farmer Dean; tobyhill; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; ...

Rob Portman is an OK running mate to a poor nominee. I have nothing in particular against Portman, but he isn’t an exciting or inspiring nominee, either. The only possible drawback would be his work in the Bush Administration.


3 posted on 04/22/2012 11:41:12 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Right, Portman is just the kind of guy we need to be in government, but he lacks the clown appeal the masses feed upon.
4 posted on 04/22/2012 11:43:56 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Bush administration is stellar compared to what Romney is bringing..


5 posted on 04/22/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Clintonfatigued
There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer

Ramming that down our throats day in and day out. The fix has been in since 2008.

6 posted on 04/22/2012 11:47:05 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Romney needs to make a safe pick, and keep talking about the economy — and that’s Rob Portman,”

Yep. The country is headed over the falls morally and financially - plus of course, the whole Constitution.
So they push RINOmney. He (appears) to be winning based on a lame campaign, combined with huge spending on negative ads toward conservative
candidates.

Now when it comes time to name a VP, the establishment wants him to go the safe route...

And people are chomping at the bit to pretend RINOmney is conservative. They are pretending the country is no where near the falls.

... but Romney will get those deck chairs all aligned.


7 posted on 04/22/2012 11:47:46 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("Of two evils, choose neither." -- Charles Spurgeon)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I don’t want to knock Rob Portman. I’m glad that he is on our side. But, as an ardent Rick Santorum supporter, I still wouldn’t vote for Romney even if he were to pick Rick as his VP.


8 posted on 04/22/2012 11:55:02 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Congress-critters want one of theirs to be appointed.


9 posted on 04/22/2012 11:55:02 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well, if nothing else, the one useful thing to come out of 2012 will be a data point showing that when the GOP runs a RINO VP candidate with a RINO Pres candidate, they lose even worse than when they run a RINO Pres with a conservative VP candidate.


10 posted on 04/22/2012 11:57:04 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This is typical Karl Rove micro managing left brain small minded thinking. Work a key precinct here or there and damned having any kind of big attractive message. These folks are idiots.

Rob Portman is a zero on the excitement factor, giving us two zero’s on the ticket.


11 posted on 04/22/2012 12:00:28 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Clintonfatigued

The GOPe is trying to lose this election as badly as possible


12 posted on 04/22/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
the establishment wants him to go the safe route.

Safe for them. They control the house and will take control of the senate if Barky wins reelection. They would lose both if a Republican won. The presidency has become a puppet role and they don't particularly care to have it.

13 posted on 04/22/2012 12:07:45 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney SHOULD choose Paul Ryan.


14 posted on 04/22/2012 12:12:02 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Clintonfatigued

I have a sinking feeling we’ll eventually end up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dummy.


15 posted on 04/22/2012 12:12:46 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Clintonfatigued

Rep. Portman Named Next U.S. Trade Representative

By Paul Blustein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page E02

President Bush yesterday named Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a free-trade advocate who is well-regarded by lawmakers in both parties, as his choice for U.S. trade representative.


Where’s the guy with the Not This Crap Again picture. The country needs job creators not job exporters.


16 posted on 04/22/2012 12:14:50 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Clintonfatigued; Mountain Mary

Yes, Portman is OK, but not as conservative as Rick Santorum, but I don’t think Romney is wise enough to pick Rick.

Most importantly, Santorum would be the BEST person to take over the country, if Romney became sick, or something.

In fact, Santorum would be better than Romney anyway, but unfortunately Romney will be the candidate.


17 posted on 04/22/2012 12:18:01 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
>"There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer in the fall,"

Unless the slaves revolt and leave the R plantation!

18 posted on 04/22/2012 12:24:19 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Clintonfatigued

He has that “Who...!” appeal.


19 posted on 04/22/2012 1:25:27 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Pontiac; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping!
To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail,
(the three of us), Flutters, Whenifhow, and LasVegasDave.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 1:59:47 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: Pontiac; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping!
To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail,
(the three of us), Flutters, Whenifhow, and LasVegasDave.


21 posted on 04/22/2012 2:01:08 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: Clintonfatigued

so long as it doesn’t cost us a senator in the process.


22 posted on 04/22/2012 2:06:00 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Mmmmmmmm... Portman


23 posted on 04/22/2012 2:06:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The ‘insiders’ continue to show their disconnect with political reality.


24 posted on 04/22/2012 2:32:54 PM PDT by cricket ( It is not just 'the economy' and Newt knows it. . .)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yeah, not flamboyant, that’s the answer...I suggest Senator McConnell, he fits that requirement to a “T”! /s


26 posted on 04/22/2012 2:37:10 PM PDT by jennings2004 (President Hayes, Mount Rushmore, telephone, Dear Leader...what a mix!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Agree. I see nothing about Portman that would swing an election or even swing OH. He’s a relatively safe vote in the Senate. Again, do NOT deplete the Senate conservatives.


27 posted on 04/22/2012 3:24:06 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

“The only possible drawback would be his work in the Bush Administration.”

Yep. OTOH, people are looking back at the Bush years as “the good ole days”.


28 posted on 04/22/2012 4:55:59 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Really?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Bob Portman (R-OH) who was one of the sponsors behind that fiasco called the high tech, hazardous waste, compact florescent lamp (CFL) to replace those low tech, inefficient incandescent lights. THAT Bob Portman? A perfect match for that low grade moron, Mittens “Flip-Flop” Romney. This GOPee show gets worse with each passing day.
29 posted on 04/23/2012 1:14:03 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

I beleive the CFL fiasco was in 2007. He was out of the House since 2005.


30 posted on 04/23/2012 5:56:33 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: NeoCaveman
He is somehow implicated in this CFL fiasco. I just can't remember exactly how. Maybe he was defending it as a good idea to save the planet or some other stupid nonsense. However, as I recall, he did not favor repealing this stupid piece of feel-good legislation.
31 posted on 04/23/2012 6:39:58 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Clintonfatigued
who?

I have never heard this name before

The PRESIDENT ticket is not yet decided so why talk about VPO

NEW YORK PRIMARY IS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!
AND NO ONE IS EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT ON TV!
THAT MEANS YOU CAN GET A WIN FOR GINGRICH JUST BY GETTING A COUPLE OF PEOPLE TO GO VOTE!!!

Seriously folks, there was like 5 people ALL DAY last primary here - no one was enthused about McLame

No one is enthused about Romney so Gingrich could take it if WE GO VOTE AND GET OTHERS TO VOTE

CALL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!!! Tuesdays primary is the second most important day for those of you in primary states behind the November elections day

32 posted on 04/23/2012 6:44:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Sun

Billie Cunningham said that Rob Vanilla Portman is the front runner.

That would be typical of Mittens to not want to be upstaged.


33 posted on 04/23/2012 7:10:13 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children" Native American P.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I’m with you, EoHh.

But I’d have to think about what I would do if Rick were the Veep pick. There would always be the chance that Mittens arrogant head would explode and then the real President could step up.

On second thought, I have vowed that I will not vote for Mittens.
If Rick were the pick, I’d be happy though.


34 posted on 04/23/2012 7:17:45 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children" Native American P.)
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To: LS; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Sun; GOPsterinMA; hinckley buzzard; randita

Well, Kasich would pick his replacement.


35 posted on 04/24/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; All

Yes - that’s HUGE!


36 posted on 04/25/2012 7:58:44 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Really?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Doesn’t matter who Mutt’s VP is. The Republican Party has left me.


37 posted on 04/25/2012 8:02:08 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (There will be no vote for Myth Romney in my house. Period.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ohioans are funny, and Portman, my former congressman, is not one of the political family names in Ohio. He was a very good congressman, a bit obscure in the budget office, and a fairly silent US Senator. I get more mail from Sherrod Brown, the uber-liberal.

The pubbies need BOTH Florida and Ohio to head off an easy Obama victory.

I’m putting my money on Rubio...especially since Krauthammer’s comment the other day.


38 posted on 04/25/2012 8:10:31 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Victorious Engagements for Our Troops in Afghan!)
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