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Mitt’s got your number, Marco Rubio
Boston Herald ^ | 4/6/12 | Howie Carr

Posted on 04/06/2012 7:39:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Can we all agree that, whatever else he is, Mitt Romney is a numbers man?

And that’s what his pick for vice president is going to come down to — numbers. Mitt wants to count to 270, as in the 270 electoral votes he needs to win.

No need to make his decision anytime soon, because it’s a long, long way to Tampa. But right now I’ll go with the conventional wisdom and say it’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

First, the number 29. That’s how many electoral votes Florida has. John McCain got 173 electoral votes, but after the 2010 census, the McCain states have just under 190 electoral votes. If Mitt carries every state McCain did — and why shouldn’t he? — he only needs 80 more.

Rubio’s young, Cuban-American and a Tea Party favorite. Obama’s media rumpswabs obviously consider him a threat — The Washington Post has been trying to kneecap him for months.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush? No way. That pick would set off yet another nationwide epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Yes, he’s married to a Mexican-American and his children are “little brown ones” (as George H.W. Bush once put it).

But why would the Bushes accept the No. 2 spot in a campaign they wouldn’t control?

Rick Santorum, the candidate of the Council of Trent, has driven up every Republican’s negatives among women, so maybe Mitt would pick a woman.

He’s not averse — look at his lieutenant governor. I still say he wrongly (if understandably) assumed Kerry Murphy Healey was Roman Catholic, but her gender was what counted.

But who’s available this year? Condi Rice ain’t running. Then there’s New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a twofer, female and Mexican-American. But the magic number that kills her is five — New Mexico’s number of electoral votes.

How about Gov. Nikki Haley, Indian-American, of South Carolina? She’s young, good-looking, but already has ruled herself out.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is the flavor of the week. Does he guarantee Mitt carries Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes? The answer is no, so say goodnight, Paul. Plus, he’s too easy to demonize.

Obama sounded fresh out of a “Saturday Night Live” skit Tuesday when he was accusing Ryan’s budget of everything except microwaving kittens.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. He’s been in Israel this week, a required trip for all prospective national candidates. Think what he’d do to Joe Biden in a debate. On the other hand, think what a ham sandwich would do to Joe Biden in a debate. Plus, Christie is too fat.

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. If Mitt can’t carry Indiana this year (McCain lost narrowly), he’s not going to win anyway. Plus, Daniels is too bald.

I’m sticking with Rubio. On election night 2010, during his victory speech in Miami, some of the media’s Beautiful People were tweeting back and forth about how he looked like a “Central American military dictator.” Don’t you love how liberals celebrate diversity? Marco must be doing something right.

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1 posted on 04/06/2012 7:39:39 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Howie Carr list ping

>>Daniels is too bald

Didn’t hurt Cheney.

Current poll running on Herald site
Herald Pulse
Who should Mitt Romney pick for running mate?

47% - Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio

9% - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

20% - N.J. Gov. Chris Christie

10% - Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan

2% - Ohio Rep. Rob Portman

9% - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

3% - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
Total Votes: 1,726

2 posted on 04/06/2012 7:41:09 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Also in today’s Boston Herald
Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate could make, break him
By Hillary Chabot

Typecast as a millionaire Massachusetts moderate short on pizzazz but big on PowerPoint presentations, a buttoned-down Mitt Romney must find a running mate who will spruce up his conservative cred while giving his ticket a common touch needed to connect to voters, said GOP party officials yesterday.

“He needs to liven up his ticket, explore conservative options and he needs someone to help him out in a swing state,” said Chris Brown, a Romney delegate and former executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, who warned the former Bay State governor against a “boring, old, establishment Republican.”

“He’s been painted as the establishment guy. I don’t think the electorate would rally around an even more entrenched establishment ticket,” Brown said.

Talk of Romney’s potential vice presidential picks has kicked up since his triple victory Tuesday, beating rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin as well as Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“Gov. Romney is going to be the nominee barring some huge event,” said Steve Duprey, a national Republican committeeman in New Hampshire. “I’m sure they are focusing on reintroducing him outside of the primary, building a war chest and organization, and then they’ll move on to start the VP vetting process.”

But Ted Frank, a lawyer who was part of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s vetting team during his 2008 presidential run, said Romney’s probably further along.

“I would be very surprised if there isn’t someone with a notepad with a list of 20 to 30 names,” said Frank, likely including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“They could be anywhere from brainstorming, to having preliminary research, to actually having a name in mind — it depends on the candidate. It’s very, very doubtful they have a secret offer out there,” Frank said.

Candidates such as Rubio, Christie and Ryan would help inspire the conservative base of the GOP that’s been slow to warm up to Romney, said Saul Anuzis, a National Republican Committeeman from Michigan.

“They would help rally the right and appeal to the next generation of Republicans,” Anuzis said.

Hispanic New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Tea Party favorite South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — dubbed “Haley’s Comet” by the Drudge Report — could give Romney a much-needed boost with female voters, Frank said.

“One of the things he has to consider is whether picking a woman will have an appeal to the electorate, and he has to balance that out against their experience,” he said, adding, “people like diversity.”

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio, said that the No. 1 rule in picking a running mate is to do no harm.

“I’m not one of those people who thinks he’s got to broaden his base that much. This is going to be a referendum on the president,” Triantafilou said.

Keep it basic, agreed Marty Connors, a Republican strategist in Alabama.

“All he needs is someone who can carry a swing state and step in as president if needed,” Connors said, “because he’s got the issues and the hair covered.”

3 posted on 04/06/2012 7:42:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Little Marco’s tea party luster is fading fast as he attaches his lips to Mitt Romney’s ass and lectures us on the need to support illegals.

4 posted on 04/06/2012 7:43:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: raccoonradio

I held my nose to vote for McCain and only because Sarah was on ticket...this time I am not voting for Mitt I don’t care who he has on the ticket.
I will vote GOP down the ticket. We do have a Democratic senator up this year in Florida and I will vote for the Republican.
If the national GOP can not nominate a conservative I will begin to look for a third party before the 2016 election if we still have a Republic.

5 posted on 04/06/2012 7:44:23 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: cripplecreek

>>the need to support illegals.

Yikes! Last thing we’d need.

6 posted on 04/06/2012 7:46:37 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
As far as I can tell, Rubio's only asset is his ethnic heritage. He's not particularly conservative, certainly not enough to offset Willard's liberalism.

If ethnic heritage is the primary concern here I'd rather go with Allen West, who would be more than acceptable regardless of what he looked like.

Of course I'd rather just go with the most common sense conservative available, regardless of skin color.

7 posted on 04/06/2012 7:49:38 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: raccoonradio

Rubio, Haley are not NBCs.

Only two people on ticket who can help Romney would be Rand Paul or Jeb Bush, IMHO.

8 posted on 04/06/2012 7:53:53 AM PDT by circumbendibus (Obama is an unconstitutional illegal putative president. Quo Warranto in 2012)
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To: raccoonradio

Read through BOTH of ‘em.

Reminded me of a bit of ranch wisdom:

Put all the whipped cream and cherries you want on it, if you started with cow flop, you’ve only got PRETTY cow flop.

(And I’d probably vote for the plain ol’ cow flop before The 0 anyway.)

9 posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:02 AM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ((287 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: raccoonradio

Rubio and Ryan (and even Nikki Haley) would overshadow Romney on the ticket, like Palin did on McCain’s ticket. Romney will NOT allow that to happen. Finally, it would be extremely dumb to take a senator out of Florida because the Senate is crucial this year.

Plus, Romney needs a woman on the ticket, and one from a swing state to boot. Susana Martinez fits all the requirements, is a moderate Latina from New Mexico, and helps Romney in the “Western Strategy”. While conservatives may not like this, she covers the most area politically in the swing demographics.

10 posted on 04/06/2012 7:59:19 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: skeeter

Rubio is conservative as there is. He stinks on immigration, but more Bush-style stink, not Harry Reid stink. Outside of that, he’s rock solid.

11 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:24 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: raccoonradio

Nearly all of the names that Howie mentions in this article are pro-amnesty for illegal immigration, too, but Howie doesn’t mention this. Why not?

12 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:30 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: raccoonradio
I don't want to loose Marco as our US Senator. He can do more good there.
Mitt: Pick Allen West for VP.
13 posted on 04/06/2012 8:05:07 AM PDT by DeaconRed (ZERO supporters are stuck on stupid. . . Always were, always will be. . .)
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To: raccoonradio

must find a running mate who will spruce up his conservative cred

He will go with someone more liberal because he believes conservatives hate, loath and fear Obama so much that he can pretty much expel gas in our faces and we’ll vote for him.

14 posted on 04/06/2012 8:05:07 AM PDT by DManA
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To: raccoonradio

The election will be about the spiralling debt and Obama’s mishandling of economic policy generally. The best running mate to make that case is Rep. Ryan.

15 posted on 04/06/2012 8:07:06 AM PDT by buridan
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To: Voter#537

That sounds good too...Palin recommends

>>Sarah Palin said that her top choice for the ticket was Congressman Allen West because he “understands the constitution” and is “passionate.”

16 posted on 04/06/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: buridan

Rubio would be nothing but a show horse. That’s exactly what Romney does NOT need, since he’s so woefully lacking on substance himself. Not to mention they will NOT win the Hispanic vote, which is currently something like 70-80% in Obama’s camp. Therefore Rubio would be a waste of a pick since he has accomplished nothing and therefore adds nothing else to the ticket. We don’t need a GOP that starts pushing affirmative action as much as the Dems do.

Newt Gingrich would be far and away the best choice, in the Cheney mold of the wisened elder who adds experience and substance to the ticket and who people would believe could easily step into the presidential role if need be.

Paul Ryan would be the best “young gun” to add to the ticket. He adds great substance, obvious intellect and competence. And for people who are aware of how liberal Romney always has been on economic policy, Ryan adds conservative credibility. Problem is while he makes a great permanent Vice President, it’s a little hard to see him stepping into the role of Commander-in-Chief.

Allen West is much more credible in the presidential role than Ryan or Rubio. But he’s a little too green as a candidate. I think he needs more experience campaigning to avoid falling into the kind of pitfalls Palin did. And I’d like to see someone have to run for REelection at least once before being on a ticket. Not to mention there’s little chance he’d be picked since Romney’s GOP elite buddies are trying to redistrict him out of existence right now.

17 posted on 04/06/2012 8:18:46 AM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: raccoonradio

Rubio has been a profound dissappointment to me.

Portman is more in the GOP mold. White, male, relatively moderate, non-inflammatory, reasoned speaking method to the point of boredom, no skeletons in his background, strong on economic numbers and he delivers Ohio.

Romney/Portman - a lukewarm bowl of flavorless oatmeal.

18 posted on 04/06/2012 8:19:29 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: ilgipper

Rubio is conservative as there is.

except that he endorsed a liberal from Mass.

19 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:17 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
I do not disagree with you and I have not decided how I will handle a RINO nominee. However, the courts are killing us right now. Look at Wisconsin and how the liberal judges are actually interfering with the political process. I may have to hold my nose and vote for the RINO to try and hold back a tidal wave of Obama liberal activist judicial appointees. I have an idea, conservatives should show up at Romney events wearing clothes pins on their nose to let him know where we stand on him. The other thought is the RINO will have to behave like a conservative if he wants to be reelected, we may have at least some control over his first four years.
20 posted on 04/06/2012 8:27:16 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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