Friday, July 6, 2012

Romney. Vice Presidential Choice. Do You Know?

Mitt Romney’s Vice President list down to four people?

mitt_romney_2012I stand by my prediction months ago that Romney is going to pick Chris Christie as his running mate if Marco Rubio doesn’t want to job. But this Real Clear Politics article fails to mention either Christie or Rubio. Real Clear Politics isn’t a left wing partisan site, so it has some credibility with me.  This article mentions four people on Romney’s VP list: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. I like Jindal and Ryan. With Ryan as running mate, that gives Romney an even better chance at taking Wisconsin. Jindal, while a solid conservative isn’t going to net any new states as Louisiana is a safe Romney state. Pawlenty and Portman are both boring. Unless Pawlenty could bring Minnesota for Romney (which is highly doubtful), I fail the see the benefit. Rob Portman pf course being from Ohio could help bring in that state that Romney needs to win.
Mitt Romney may be tight-lipped about his vice presidential short list, warning that only he and longtime aide Beth Myers know who is on it, but a close examination of the campaign’s activity suggests four contenders have risen through the ranks: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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Romney's VP Shortlist Takes Shape


By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Buzz surrounding Mitt Romney's VP pick is growing louder, and RealClearPolitics has narrowed it down to four candidates: Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. RCP doubts that a deliberative guy like Romney would make a pick out of left field, but Ann Romney today pointed to the possibility of a woman candidate, prompting the Hill to wonder whether New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte could get the job.
Ann tells CBS News that at least one woman is in the running, "and I’d love that option." RCP calls Ayotte, as well as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, "wild cards." Romney probably has at least three key requirements for a running mate, writes Erin Pike: First, the person must be prepared for office. Secondly, the candidate must have good chemistry with the Romneys. Last, the running mate must be able to campaign without Romney around. 

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