Skip to comments.GOP strategists: Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno is a sleeper vice presidential pick
Posted on 04/14/2012 3:24:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno (R) is a sleeper pick for the No. 2 spot on the 2012 presidential ticket, according to GOP strategists.
Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has kept his cards close to his chest on vice presidential prospects, saying that it would be presumptuous to think about it before winning the nomination. But in a recent interview with Newsmax, he described Fortuno as a solid conservative and a firm leader. He also dubbed Fortuno one of the great leaders of our party.
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The whole government is trying to move the ball down the field toward the goalposts of global governance.
I didn’t ask you to repeat “birther” talking points. I asked you for specific authority to support your insane assertion. Particularly, can you cite a case that supports your contention regarding United States Citizens in Puerto Rico. Since when is a person who is born in a United States territory not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States?
I find it interesting that the “birther” folk like to continue to move the goalposts, yet can’t provide support for their assertions beyond repeating the same talking points over and over again.
“The U.S. citizens born in Puerto Rico are not natural born citizens.”
I believe they are. Isn’t justice Sotomayor from Puerto Rico?
He may have star power, but how many people outside of PR have ever heard of him ? I think it’s really far fetched, but the way this election cycle is going, anything is possible.
For what it’s worth, I’ve been saying for over a year ... if one of the governors/former governors wins the nomination, s/he will have to have his/her VP with SOME actual DC experience, either in the Congress, or some high Administration spot with a GOP POTUS. You can’t have two governors without some federal govt experience. Rubio will have less than 1/3 of a Senatorial term’s worth of experience (i.e. nothing). Kasich, as former House Budget Committee chair and current governor of a big swing state, is probably the best option for Romney, assuming he’s the nominee.
Puerto Ricans are, as long as their parents are citizens at the time of their birth, “natural born citizens”. Sorry SatinDoll you are wrong.
You NAILED it here. Clearly and succinctly.
I have heard him spak and he is awesome. Young, dynamic and handsome. And Conservative. That being said... No way on this Earth will he be chosen.
Oh hell, it’s long gone. Even Republicans despise it.
Woodrow Wilson’s mother became a citizen upon marriage to Woodrow Wilson’s father.
Sotomayor was born in the Bronx. Anyway it is not necessary to be a “natural born citizen” to become a justice on the Supreme Court.
His surprise pick for VP...brings together the Latino/tea party base in theory, looks good on paper ..
maybe this is why Rubio keeps denying that he will be on the ticket...he might know something we don’t
And if Obama/dems challenges him on natural born citizen ..it opens him to scrutiny as well...well played mr rove!
Maybe he should put a genuine Republican on the ticket just so it’ll be balanced.
Interesting that you bring Rubio into this particular conversation, because it has been bizarre - the sheer volume of Rubio’s denials about all Veep talk. It’s like every third day there’s yet another Rubio statement about how he will NOT be a VP candidate.
I’m not concerned about eligibility. I think you can consider US territories as part of the country.
But that Auh2orepublican who knows Fortuño and Puerto Rican politics better than most of us is against it tells me all I need to know.
Puerto Rican voters are most important to us in Florida where they are swing voters (Jeb did well with them).
Most of the rest are in big cities (in states we aren’t likely to win) where they are democrat voters who will not go against Obama.
If you want to secure Florida and get someone with “star power” the obvious choice is Rubio who is much more well known than Fortuño and well liked by the tea party. Fortuño on the other hand has a record you can find fault with.
A Puerto Rican (or the Cuban Rubio) isn’t necessarily the best candidate to fire up Hispanic voters in general. The biggest group is Mexicans, most important to us in the SW states. Governor Martinez (or Sandoval) would be that candidate.
Rubio and Martinez will be considered, I doubt Fortuño will be. It is a cool idea to get someone from a US territory but that’s not a good reason in and of itself.
Just like last time when the press talked about roughly 10000 possible running mates for McCain I’m sure we’ll hear some unusual choices. That’s what happens when we have months before the choice is made.
We need a VP who can help win and would be at least a decent President themselves.
Sandoval is “pro-choice” on abortion, so you can forget about him.
I didn't know that (or more likely I forgot). That explains why his name is never mentioned.
Very well put, Impy. Just as I had posted earlier, "Hispanics" (a relatively recently coined term) are not a single ethnic block, but identify much more with their specific country of family origin rather than their native Spanish language. Thus a Puerto Rican candidate would not have specific ethnic appeal to Mexicans, Cubans or Dominicans, etc., etc., despite the models and theories of left-leaning demographic beancounters.
It's somewhat like native English speaking Americans don't generally identify English speakers from other nations - e.g., Great Britain, Australia, Canada - as "one of us."
Hey, he's got a new heart and seems spry...Dick Cheney's available. Can you just imagine the how the libs skulls would explode if that ever (and it won't) happened?
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