Skip to comments.Does Portman Have the Edge in VP Sweepstakes?
Posted on 05/23/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Rob Portman has been preparing for this for years.
Although the Ohio senator offers the standard line that he doesn't expect to be picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, the trajectory of his career and his political conduct in Washington have made nearly everyone in politics almost certain that hell be plucked for this year's Republican presidential ticket.
Bob Paduchik, a veteran consultant who ran George W. Bushs re-election effort in Ohio as well as Portmans Senate campaign in 2010, bottom-lined it: Rob Portman is uniquely qualified to do the job on Day One. I cant think of another candidate whos as qualified as Rob Portman.
And that is because Portman has had a wealth of impressive jobs: congressman, U.S. trade representative, George W. Bushs budget director and now senator. Hes also a lawyer -- even serving as associate counsel in the White House in the early 1990s -- and has been a small business owner.
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Rob Portman is an acceptable choice, if not an exciting one. IMHO, he would be a better choice for the top job than Mitt Romney. The big question is how much will he help the ticket in Ohio?
“George W. Bushs budget director”
In answer to the question in the title: No.
I’ve thought Portman was the choice for awhile.
1) He has a good mix of experience that will allow Romney to “double down” on the economy.
2) He seems utterly safe and will not cause some kind of media hysteria..unless there is something unknown. Romney does not, IMO, have to swing for the fences and risk a strikeout here. A Double is perfectly fine.
3) Ohio and by proxy, Florida and VA. I think a safe choice as this all but locks up Florida, North Carolina and Indiana...and plays well in Ohio, Florida and VA.
4) It also doubles down on “experience” and dovetails with a wide array of economic experience.
The only real negative I see is the “budget director for Bush...don’t want to go back to 2008” oversimplistic line Obama is sure to use. But I think Portman/Romney can knock that one out of the park rather easily.
Unless there are things I don’t know...
Too plain white bread. Need some diversity—Jindal, Rubio, or Condoleeza.
none of the VP analyses I’ve seen considers how the candidate would do in a debate with Biden, or how they would stack up against Biden. Heck, Gary Busey would meet this criteria.
Its one of many big elephants in the room.......
The question is will he help carry Florida, New Mexico and Colorado which all three have a large Hispanic population. Rubio could do it. Susan Martinez could do it. Portman or Ryan???? Good guys, but I dunno.....
Heh. The potential “anti-Palin” VP selection. He’s got LOSER written all over him, just like Romney.
Here are RINO Ohio Senator Rob Portmans positions on some very important issues:
Please go to this site: http://www.ontheissues.org/oh/rob_portman.htm
Please read Portman’s positions on Immigration — he is for WIDE OPEN borders.
Here more info on his immigration views: http://www.numbersusa.com/content/my/congress/623/reportcard/CAREER/
Portman voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 — read about the Act here: http://www.heritage.org/research/education/bg1775.cfm
These statements are taken from the Health Care section of http://www.ontheissues.org/oh/rob_portman.htm: Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003) He voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Portman is a free trader like Bush.
This statement is taken from the Energy and Oil section of http://www.ontheissues.org/oh/rob_portman.htm: He voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
These statements are from the Foreign Policy section of http://www.ontheissues.org/oh/rob_portman.htm: Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001) He voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Please read the Free Trade section.
IMHO, Portman is a high priest of the economic theocracy that places the needs of multinational corporations over the needs of AMERICANS. If the Chinese could vote, he would win the presidency by a landslide.
Oh, ROB Portman... nevermind.
Anyone who can string two sentences together can beat Biden in a debate.
To be countered with “It was Reid and Pelosi’s Congress”
I believe that grass roots conservatives should concentrate on the down-ballot races, like Congress and state legislatures.
Rob Portman is the definitive, neo-classical Earth Whore+.
Can he make Slow Joe look bad in a debate?
I don’t think a veep ever helps a top of ticket guy-—with the exception of Palin. I think she increased McCain’s vote by perhaps 5% net (admitting that she lost him some votes, too). Portman? nothing.
Condie, no way; pro abortion, quite the scholarly lib. Jindal hasn’t shown a backbone.
Portman would “seal the deal” for me: No vote for Preezy.