Skip to comments.Republican Insiders Have A Favorite For Veep: Senator Rob Portman
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 weekends 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.
Hes from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, its 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 thats Rob Portman, said one committeewoman from the West.
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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.
The Bush administration is stellar compared to what Romney is bringing..
Ramming that down our throats day in and day out. The fix has been in since 2008.
Romney needs to make a safe pick, and keep talking about the economy and thats 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
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.
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.
The Congress-critters want one of theirs to be appointed.
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.
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.
The GOPe is trying to lose this election as badly as possible
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.
Romney SHOULD choose Paul Ryan.
I have a sinking feeling we’ll eventually end up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dummy.
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.
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.
Unless the slaves revolt and leave the R plantation!
He has that “Who...!” appeal.
so long as it doesn’t cost us a senator in the process.
The ‘insiders’ continue to show their disconnect with political reality.
Yeah, not flamboyant, that’s the answer...I suggest Senator McConnell, he fits that requirement to a “T”! /s
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.
“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”.
I beleive the CFL fiasco was in 2007. He was out of the House since 2005.
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
Billie Cunningham said that Rob Vanilla Portman is the front runner.
That would be typical of Mittens to not want to be upstaged.
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.
Well, Kasich would pick his replacement.
Yes - that’s HUGE!
Doesn’t matter who Mutt’s VP is. The Republican Party has left me.
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.