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Politico: Christie Was Romney’s First Pick for VP
News Max ^ | November 3, 2012 | Patrick Hobin

Posted on 11/03/2012 9:25:58 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was Mitt Romney’s initial pick for running mate but the GOP nominee suddenly changed his mind just days before an announcement was to be made, according to a new report by Politico.

Plans were even made to reveal the selection in late July, shortly before Romney headed off for his foreign tour which included the London Olympics, campaign insiders told the website.

But when Romney returned he had changed his mind and suddenly Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was in and Christie was out, Politico reports.

Romney advisers loved the idea of Christie on the campaign trail as Romney’s running mate, delivering the Republican message in a way which would connect with working class male voters, especially in blue collar areas.

“Mitt liked him because he saw him as a street fighter,” a Romney official told Politico. “It’s the kind of political mentality that Romney doesn’t have, but admires."

The reasons for Romney's change-of-heart were not revealed but insiders say that while Christie would have been a campaign asset, there were fears about how he would act as vice president. "The explosiveness had some risk," one adviser said.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; christie; newjersey; partisanmediashills; politico; romney2012
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1 posted on 11/03/2012 9:26:01 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

I don’t buy it.


2 posted on 11/03/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: COUNTrecount

Remember that job #1 for dempolitico is to turn off Republican voters, keep them away from the polls. This is just propaganda for that purpose.


3 posted on 11/03/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: COUNTrecount

He was vetted and he did not pass inspection.

LLS


4 posted on 11/03/2012 9:28:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Blah, blah, blah, too late now lalala. WE have Paul Ryan and we are happy. Who cares?


5 posted on 11/03/2012 9:28:35 AM PDT by madison10 (I love it when My plan comes together ~~God)
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To: COUNTrecount

Christie would have killed Romney’s chances. 2 potential gun banners on the ticket would be the kiss of death.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 9:28:54 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: COUNTrecount

I have said several times that Christie would wear out his welcome in a hurry in a long campaign. Loudmouth bluster only goes so far. Paul Ryan is a far, far better pick . . . IMHO


7 posted on 11/03/2012 9:29:17 AM PDT by RatRipper (RE Obama: Romney just can't beat the lying, commie SOB bad enough to suit me. . . .)
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To: COUNTrecount

Perhaps that explains Christie’s lackluster speech at the Republican convention.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 9:30:01 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: COUNTrecount

In 2008 McCain wanted Lieberman.

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Ryan was the better choice.

Christie would probably not have been that well received outside of the NorthEast.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 9:30:10 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: COUNTrecount

NTSA!

I think that there should be a 12th commandment for nonsense like this:

If it isn’t sourced, it wasn’t said.

Period.


10 posted on 11/03/2012 9:31:00 AM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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To: COUNTrecount

Christie provided the October surprise against Romney by giving Obama undue praise and a hand holding photo op. If Obama wins Obama will send America into a socialist hell where we will all he starving slaves as in a public housing project.I hate that fat piece of lard Christie.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 9:31:00 AM PDT by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: COUNTrecount

Who gives a $hit? Election is Tuesday and Romney/Ryan is the ticket.

Go vote all! Please.


12 posted on 11/03/2012 9:31:47 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: TomGuy

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers — Garth Brooks.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 9:31:54 AM PDT by JustaCowgirl (Mitt Romney -- Obama asks for votes for revenge, I ask for votes for love of country)
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To: COUNTrecount; All

Christie, like Marco Rubio, would have been a disaster as a running mate. Romney needed a VP pick who would arose the conservative base, like Ryan. Christie is to the left of Romney (and Rubio, too, contrary to the Conventional Wisdom) and would have kept Real Conservatives home on election day

Romney made a wise choice not going w Christie. Christie is too liberal...and a National Security disaster waiting to happen

Paul Ryan was a great pick.


14 posted on 11/03/2012 9:31:58 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: madison10

The Ryan pick was superb!


15 posted on 11/03/2012 9:32:51 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Hmmmm....lean, muscular, disciplined, LOYAL, smart, conservative guy, versus undisciplined, DISLOYAL, fat, phony, RINO, self-serving slob. Tough choice.


16 posted on 11/03/2012 9:35:27 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Wrong — Paul Ryan was his first pick, because Ryan has been Romney’s ONLY pick.

Partisan Media Shills ping.

Thanks COUNTrecount.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 9:35:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: COUNTrecount

From Pollutico- the “news” source that has been caught repeatedly fabricating quotes and making up bogus stories using anonymous “sources”...


18 posted on 11/03/2012 9:36:04 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Willard would have lost in a landslide with another Northeast RINO on the ticket. Politico is ‘Rat propaganda. Don’t trust Willard. Hold his feet to the fire.


19 posted on 11/03/2012 9:36:04 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: COUNTrecount

moot point, no one can prove it either way except Romney, who isn’t going to.

I think stability and predictability would be major factors in choosing a VP, witness what we see every day with Gaffmaster Biteme and now with Christie praising Obama. These things drive a wedge between the Potus and the Veep and give the other side something to distract attention away from the real issues.

Christie would have been much more of a liability in that regard and let’s be honest, his weight and potential health issues are not a plus.

There’s also the rumor that Christie turned down the VP slot because he felt Romney was going to lose and thus spoil his own chances for a run in 2016.


20 posted on 11/03/2012 9:37:30 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeminoleCounty

I absolutely love Paul Ryan. Christie’s going to have his hands full with New Jersey for a while; I’m thankful he didn’t choose Christie for a lot of reasons.


21 posted on 11/03/2012 9:37:46 AM PDT by Twinkie (REMEMBER BENGHAZI !!!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

After watching Christie jump onto Obama’s campaign bandwagon I say Romney made an excellent choice by picking Ryan over Judas...uh, oh, I mean Christie. After the 6th see how much cooperation O gives Christie. Christie was just a “cheap date/one night stand” for Obama’s campaign strategy.


22 posted on 11/03/2012 9:40:40 AM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: COUNTrecount

Mitt HAD to pick a conservative or he wouldn’t have had a chance.

Christie is NO conservative!


23 posted on 11/03/2012 9:40:45 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: JIM O

Christy has dropped a million points in my view.

I can understand a little ass kissing for his constits but this threatening to act because of the union sabotage of utility workers is crap.

I speak from some experience of an ice storm when electrical utilities were down for 6 days.

Don’t talk! Act, call out the national guard and jail the thugs without notice and let the lawyers sort it out. He should have done it on the first or second report.

Push came to shove he was a Fat Assed Pansy. Too late now!


24 posted on 11/03/2012 9:42:09 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: LibLieSlayer

At the time there wouldn’t have been enough campaign donations coming in to cover the increased donut budget.


25 posted on 11/03/2012 9:42:09 AM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: COUNTrecount
I'll never vote for Christie. He's a bigger RINO than Romney. I'd write in Sarah Palin instead.
26 posted on 11/03/2012 9:43:42 AM PDT by McGruff (This is probably the biggest cover-up in American history - Sen. Fred Thompson)
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To: COUNTrecount

Lenin was Obama’s first pick but Putin wouldn’t give him up.


27 posted on 11/03/2012 9:45:23 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (People will vote for Obama to replace a god that they don't believe in)
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To: SeminoleCounty

But it would have been cool to see a Chris Christie Girl music video with a plus-size bikini model.


28 posted on 11/03/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: COUNTrecount
Not sure how true it is that Christie was Romney's first pick but if that was the case, this could have been the incident that did Christie in back in early July. Christie showed then and there that he is not presidential material.
29 posted on 11/03/2012 9:48:39 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: COUNTrecount

Recall he was çoulters first choice for the n 1 spot, then the n2 spot. I recall a love affair with him here and some folk blasting others for calling him a fraud.. or do I recall wrong


30 posted on 11/03/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: JIM O

I’m with you.


31 posted on 11/03/2012 9:52:45 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: COUNTrecount

‘Insiders’...’sources’...the usual BS from our communist comrades at Politico...completely and utterly irrelevant at this stage of the game.


32 posted on 11/03/2012 9:53:43 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Romney campaign has denied this report. Just politico trying to parlay a few more votes for Obama because of the Christi love fest.


33 posted on 11/03/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT by gswilder
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To: COUNTrecount

Coincidence this “story” comes out right after all the Obama-Christie photo-ops?

I think not.


34 posted on 11/03/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT by nkronos
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To: LibLieSlayer

That conclusion I go with. I would have been DEEPLY concerned with Christie as a pick.. Romney picking Ryan as his first executive decision cemented it for me.

And Christie may have the taste of sour grapes in his mouth.

I like him...but as the governor of New Jersey, not the VP slot.


35 posted on 11/03/2012 9:58:22 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: RatRipper

Agree Ryan better pick plus don’t want
Christie to leave NJ until I do , then
I could care less what happens here:)


36 posted on 11/03/2012 10:01:36 AM PDT by Morris70
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To: Breto
"Recall he was çoulters first choice for the n 1 spot, then the n2 spot. I recall a love affair with him here and some folk blasting others for calling him a fraud.. or do I recall wrong"

You are right about Coulter. She was loud & clear about her love for Christie. She had already lost a lot of conservative support, for a number of reasons & I think it will give her a huge problem with any future book sales.

37 posted on 11/03/2012 10:01:47 AM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: COUNTrecount

Christy has been weighed. He has been measured. He has been found unworthy.


38 posted on 11/03/2012 10:02:38 AM PDT by Thickman (Obama - President Ubiquitous (a.k.a. P.U.))
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To: RatRipper

the number of stupid things ryan has said
zero
I was skeptical at first, but in hind sight, picking ryan was a stroke of genius.


39 posted on 11/03/2012 10:04:44 AM PDT by genghis
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To: COUNTrecount

A Christie/Biden debate would have been a YouTube goldmine.


40 posted on 11/03/2012 10:07:53 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (Muppet season now open - no bag limit)
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To: COUNTrecount
I'm looking forward to voting for Paul Ryan for president in 2020.

I don't think Christie will even be around in 8 years. After giving Obama his photo ops, and enthusiastic endorsement, I really don't care.

41 posted on 11/03/2012 10:08:48 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Nice try, Politico. Your 11th hour attempt to get conservatives to go soft on Romney smells like desperate BS.

Hopefully this will backfire and RINO’s who actually like Christie but were doubtful about Romney will jump on board the Romney express.

Ann Coulter would have LOVED a Romney/Christie ticket, but she would have preferred Christie heading the ticket.


42 posted on 11/03/2012 10:09:56 AM PDT by randita
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To: Mase

I’m looking forward to voting for Paul Ryan for president in 2020.

And I am as well.


43 posted on 11/03/2012 10:10:58 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail.)
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To: COUNTrecount

I don’t know if it is true or not, but in the wake of recent events, I have to say....

Thank GOD Romney changed his mind!


44 posted on 11/03/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: randita

I don’t think that NJ was ever in play, and now that Hussein and Christie had a big media bromance, and parts of Jersey are still in terrible shape, with Christie now even rationing gas, lots of people won’t vote, or might even vote Romney.

So how did this make either of them look better?


45 posted on 11/03/2012 10:14:37 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail.)
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To: RatRipper
"Loudmouth bluster only goes so far."

Can you imagine what a VP debate between Biden and Christie would have been like? Oy Vey!!

46 posted on 11/03/2012 10:19:37 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: COUNTrecount

Explains why Christie is saying such sweet things about King Barry.


47 posted on 11/03/2012 10:20:56 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: JIM O

Christie made it clear he wanted nothing to do with Romney as did many other Republicans, including Jeb Bush. They could not get far enough away from him.


48 posted on 11/03/2012 10:40:21 AM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: JIM O

Christie made it clear he wanted nothing to do with Romney as did many other Republicans, including Jeb Bush. They could not get far enough away from him.


49 posted on 11/03/2012 10:40:33 AM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Ms Mable
After watching Christie jump onto Obama’s campaign bandwagon

What a visual!!!!

Now, I need to bleach my brain to remove that.
50 posted on 11/03/2012 10:48:38 AM PDT by TomGuy
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