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The Introduction Is Key to a Successful Romney Veep Pick
Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 06/22/2012 7:52:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

Every summer, millions of Americans enjoy baseball, summer camps and vacation plans. But for the nation's political junkies, every fourth summer is filled with guessing games about the vice presidential nomination.

While the guessing games are fun, it's more accurate to look at the fundamentals facing the candidate and what he hopes to achieve.

In the case of Mitt Romney, he is in a much better place than John McCain was four years ago. McCain was trailing badly in the polls and likely to lose unless he swung for the fences and hoped for a home run. That led him to make a risky pick and elevate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to national prominence.

Romney, however, is currently ahead in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and a slight favorite to win in November. He doesn't need to swing for the fences; he needs to avoid making a foolish mistake.

Additionally, the Romney campaign wants the election to be all about President Obama and his record on the economy. Just 33 percent now give the president good or excellent marks for handling the economy. That's down 8 points from 41 percent just over a month ago. It's no coincidence that declining ratings for the president coincide with declining consumer confidence and poor jobs reports. Romney doesn't want those economic realities drowned out by a controversial vice presidential pick.

That means the ideal nominee for the Republican challenger is someone who looks capable of becoming president if needed but is bland enough not to distract attention from either Romney or the president's record.

Political pros will endlessly analyze the process Romney follows for clues as to how he might govern if elected. So far, the process appears to reflect what you expect from public perceptions of the candidate -- buttoned-up and methodical. But more important than the process of selecting the nominee will be the way the choice is rolled out to the public.

At that moment, all eyes will be on the newly famous nominee. More than likely, most Americans will learn all they know about the new name on the ticket during the week the candidate is introduced.

Consider, for example, Sen. Rob Portman from Ohio. Many see him as the frontrunner in Romney's veepstakes. He looks solid, has been reasonably well vetted in public and comes from a key swing state. His biggest negative is having served in the Bush administration, but every candidate has drawbacks -- and that's more manageable than some others.

Still, the way Portman is introduced to the public will matter more than his resume. Half the nation's likely voters (47 percent) have absolutely no opinion one way or the other on Portman. They don't know who he is. Another 43 percent have only soft opinions. They're not sure they know who he is. Just 11 percent currently have strong views one way or the other.

That means, if Portman is selected, nine out of 10 Americans will have their opinions shaped after the nominee is picked. Portman, by the way, is the rule, not the exception. Some other prospective nominees are even less well known than he is.

So enjoy the summer guessing games for now. But discount most of the political analysis until you see how Romney's choice survives his or her introduction to the nation.


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1 posted on 06/22/2012 7:52:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They’re looking for an “anti-Palin,” and will get exactly that.


2 posted on 06/22/2012 7:54:52 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

With the candidate being a no-sale to a lot of conservatives, I’d think that would be the greater issue.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 7:58:12 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Kaslin
So, when does Obama drop Biden?

And if he does, what will be the first words out of Biden's mouth?

"Thank you."

4 posted on 06/22/2012 8:05:42 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitution? Oh, you mean that thing we USED to have.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
With the candidate being a no-sale to a lot of conservatives, I’d think that would be the greater issue.

It actually is not.

John McCain got 97% of the votes that George Bush did in 2004 and 20% more of the vote than George Bush got in 2000. McCain's loss was due to swing voters, not stay-at-home conservatives.

I know that many posters on this forum say that they are staying home and that millions of conservatives will too.

But in reality, conservatives vote for the GOP candidate.

Many - especially here - predicted in 2008 that millions of conservatives would jump ship to third parties.

The libertarian/conservative third parties got 180,000 more votes in 2008 than in 2004, or a lot less than one-fifth of one percent of the electorate.

5 posted on 06/22/2012 8:12:37 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
I know that many posters on this forum say that they are staying home and that millions of conservatives will too.

I'm not staying home. Downticket is far too important. But there's no way in hell I'm voting for Mitt Romney. I don't support statism.

But in reality, conservatives vote for the GOP candidate.

In reality, conservatives can think for themselves. Some will choose Romney and will be stuck with their vote. Others will vote their conscience.

6 posted on 06/22/2012 8:17:18 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Pecos

7 posted on 06/22/2012 8:17:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
"Consider, for example, Sen. Rob Portman from Ohio."

Zzzzzzzzzz.

8 posted on 06/22/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Not a criticiszzzzz....)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
But there's no way in hell I'm voting for Mitt Romney. I don't support statism.

Depending on how one defines "statism", every GOP president since Coolidge has been a statist.

Romney falls much more into the Eisenhower/Nixon/Ford camp than the Reagan/Bush camp, certainly.

In reality, conservatives can think for themselves.

I didn't say we couldn't. I just made the factual observation that the overwhelming majority of us hold our noses and vote for the McCains and Doles of the world even though there are third parties available.

9 posted on 06/22/2012 8:24:45 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Kaslin

Suggest that Romney run as Obama’s VP.
THEY BOTH SUPPORT THE SAME THINGS.

ROMNEYCARE/OBAMACARE
SHARIA
TARP
LYING
USING EXCUSES OF THEIR RELIGION/COLOR
DNC JUDGE LOVE
LOVE FOR COVERUPS
LOVE FOR TAXES

You know, Kaslin, we should FEAR an Obama/Romney ticket.


10 posted on 06/22/2012 8:26:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: wideawake
Romney falls much more into the Eisenhower/Nixon/Ford camp than the Reagan/Bush camp, certainly.

Certainly. But I'd argue he falls farther left than that, which is why I can't and won't support him.

I didn't say we couldn't. I just made the factual observation that the overwhelming majority of us hold our noses and vote for the McCains and Doles of the world even though there are third parties available.

Quite true and well observed. We won't see the change this country needs until that fact changes and more conservatives see that the Grand Old Plantation has left them. In the meantime, I can and will donate time and money to genuine conservatives wherever they can be found on my ballot.

11 posted on 06/22/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Delegates all over the USA (EVEN MASSACHUSETTS)
hate RINO Romney who has become EVEN MORE LEFTIST
(as if he was not already to left of Ted Kennedy).

Team RomneyCARE is besides itself.
They expect all to bow down to their lying diety.


12 posted on 06/22/2012 8:30:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

Romney needs a VP to fire people up. Lets face it, he’s no ball of fire. If he picks a blah candidate, it will be an up hill battle. Mostly the Rino and ABO crowd will vote for him. Say what you will about Palin, but she drew the crowds, fired them up and saved McCain from complete disaster. The people of America want change and more than that, they want honesty in DC. They want someone to clean out the corruption and get us back in line. Who would you pick to get things going? Forget Palin, she won’t mix with Romney. Romney needs the spot light, he can’t afford to have a celebrity on the ticket. Maybe a take no sh*# candidate may work, but who? Bolton?


13 posted on 06/22/2012 8:32:05 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Kaslin

I ain’t drinking cyanide whether they serve it with the finest wine or with raspberry kool-aid.


14 posted on 06/22/2012 8:34:16 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (TomHoefling.com)
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To: Kaslin

No matter who he picks, the intro will never top August 2008. THAT was once in a lifetime dramatic evnt.


15 posted on 06/22/2012 8:52:22 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Kaslin
Bob McDonnell Governor of Virginia is the only choice, and will be the pick. With him as veep, you get a twofer. An important swing state AND a Senate seat.

Experienced, more conservative than Romney, attractive, staunchly pro life, pro gun, a family man (5 Kids, one wife, 32 years), a man of faith (Catholic), Military career (Served 21 years in the U.S. Army, both on active duty and reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel), an educated man, (University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana on an ROTC scholarship, graduating with a B.B.A. in management in 1976.

M.B.A. from Boston University in 1980.

His career path shifted from business to law and public policy when he selected a joint degree program at Regent University. He obtained an M.A./J.D. there in 1989.)

http://www.bobmcdonnell.com/meet_bob

Wait a minute .........should THIS guy be president and Romney veep?

P.S.. I don't know McDonnell, I'm from NY not VA. I just want what is best for America and I want to DEFEAT OBAMA!

16 posted on 06/22/2012 8:59:06 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Kaslin; GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; Las Vegas Dave; unkus; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; ...

There is a list of people on another site. It goes like this:

10.) Luis Fortuno
9.) Bob McDonnell
8.) Chris Christie
7.) John Thune
6.) Kelly Ayotte
5.) Bobby Jindal
4.) Marco Rubio
3.) Paul Ryan
2.) Tim Pawlenty
1.) Rob Portman

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/welcome-to-veep-club/2012/06/21/gJQAO4bRtV_blog.html


17 posted on 06/22/2012 5:18:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Good work, as always, Clintonfatigued. Thanks.


18 posted on 06/22/2012 5:24:04 PM PDT by unkus
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To: rogue yam

Ping


19 posted on 06/22/2012 5:58:37 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Who is Luis Fortuno? I have never heard of him


20 posted on 06/22/2012 6:03:41 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

1) Sarah Palin.


21 posted on 06/22/2012 6:05:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Kaslin

He’s the Governor of Puerto Rico and a former Congressman. He has achieved great success in his current position and John Stossel has praised his efforts.


22 posted on 06/22/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Oh okay, thanks


23 posted on 06/22/2012 6:19:01 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

dumb answer *rme*


24 posted on 06/22/2012 6:22:07 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Who is Luis Fortuno? I have never heard of him

He is best known for portraying the titular role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk.

25 posted on 06/22/2012 6:22:16 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thanks for the ping.

There are several people on that list I could be happy with.

I’m sure Romney understands how critical this decision is.

I hope he chooses wisely.


26 posted on 06/22/2012 6:24:57 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Silly that was Lou Ferrigno


27 posted on 06/22/2012 6:26:58 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, right. What were we talking about?


28 posted on 06/22/2012 6:31:05 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Kaslin
If the GOP-E's think that they'll fire up the conservative base with a "great" VP candidate, they can think again. The last time they tricked me that way, I found out it was only so they could flip me the bird and shout at me to shut up & sit down afterwards.

Besides, I live in MD. A GOP presidential vote isn't worth a hill of refried beans here. Down-ticket, I'll be paying attention.

29 posted on 06/22/2012 6:31:38 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Yeah, that's the ticket. Trick those stupid conservatives into voting for a "fireball" VP, voting for "honesty in DC" and "take no sh#t", while not stealing the "spotlight", voting for .... all those things the GOP-E's don't actually want a candidate to be.

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

30 posted on 06/22/2012 6:39:11 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Kaslin

Have no idea what your post says...

So I’ll just praise Palin once more. :D


31 posted on 06/22/2012 6:45:02 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: faucetman

Your Post #16 was very accurate.

Bob McDonnell would be a great pick. In lieu of him, I’d like Romney to consider Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

DeMint may help solidify the GOP base in states like Virginia and Florida.

And he certainly won’t hurt the campaign in other parts of the country. He’s a straight-up guy and while he’s not Mr. Charisma, he certainly wouldn’t hurt the ticket.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 10:32:29 PM PDT by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thanks for the ping.


33 posted on 06/23/2012 1:56:45 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo!-LIBERIALISM is a mental illness")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

“Thanks for the ping.”

You’re very welcome. If Rob Portman is the VP nominee, how do you think he’ll help the ticket in Ohio?


34 posted on 06/23/2012 7:29:10 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued
In Ohio, a “BIG” help.

FYI: I met Portman 2 or 3 years ago at our local GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. Got to say hello and shake his hand.

I told Mrs. LVD just this morning that if he is chosen and becomes VP and then president in eight years, we can say we met him to our grandchildren someday (and a few “select” FRiends).

35 posted on 06/23/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo!-LIBERIALISM is a mental illness")
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To: Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; randita; Sun; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; cll

Fortuno is a non-starter I think. And also not a good idea IMO and in the opinion of the 2 Puerto Rican freepers I’m familiar with.

Romney is risk averse so forget that and whoever said Palin, LOL.

The only Hispanic candidate besides Rubio likely to be considered at all is the rookie Governor Martinez.

I’d consider all the others on the list except for THUNE. Empty suit establishment porker from a small, safe state. He is nothing but a “handsome” face and a single resume point (he beat Tom Dasshole). Thune=FAIL

Do to importance of Ohio Rob Portman is considered most likely by many. I would guess McDonnell is second most likely though didn’t he write some paper in college that was of the democrat’s alleged “war on women”?


36 posted on 06/24/2012 6:23:13 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; faucetman; Clintonfatigued; unkus; DarthVader; AuH2ORepublican; randita; Sun; ...

FReeper faucetman brings up some really good points about Bob McDonnell.

Thank you to CF for supplying the list.

I suspect the VP pick will hinge on how the swing states polls are looking. Using that as the benchmark here are my rankings:
1. McDonnell
2. Ohio (Portman or Ryan)
3. Rubio

McDonnell or Ryan would represent awesome picks to me.

Portman is the understated, steady hand (which may tilt it to him, as he would be the polar opposite of the RAT VP).

Rubio: I find him to be potentially bad on immigration.


37 posted on 06/24/2012 12:25:36 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; randita; Sun; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; cll
My thoughts on their top 10 likely veeps:

10.) Luis Fortuno -- UNACCEPTABLE. A RINO who has an even worst track record than Mitt on Obamacare (praised the bill when it was passed!) and comes from a creepy combine-style political system where pro-statehood Republican and Democrats help each other get elected over anti-statehood people in "their" party. If Fortuno's going to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, I'll assume Romney has lost his mind and vote for Virgil Goode for President.

9.) Bob McDonnell -- Meh. He'd be acceptable, he'd probably guarantee Virigina (though I think we'll win it anyway), aside from the fact he FINALLY took back the state from the RATs and has a good conservative platform, I can't think of anything memorable he did in office...

8.) Chris Christie -- I like him, a lot of freepers can't stand him (if you ask why, they start babbling on trying to convince you that the proudly pro-life Gov who cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and vetoed gay marriage is a "social liberal") Lousy on a few issues but better than any NJ GOP governor in decades. And I'd certainly rate as having 10X the spine going to bat for conservatives as the "true conservative" #7 listed below) I don't think he'll get picked, and it boils down to the fact that 1) he's too polarizing of a figure and 2) it's too soon for him to run nationally.

7.) John Thune -- He beat Tom Daschle in 2004!!! And he's HANDSOME!! Well, that settles it, the fact he constantly pimps for RINOs, has sucked monkey balls for the last 8 years and has been a total waste of space in the Senate makes no difference. Give the pretty boy porker a promotion!

6.) Kelly Ayotte -- When she was the nominee, I heard her called everything from a tea party warrior, to a worthless RINO. She's only been a Senator for a short time, but I'm leaning more on the RINO side.

5.) Bobby Jindal -- Kinda fell off the radar screen after his GOP response to Obama was a bust. Not sure how he'd go over again if he was veep pick, kind of a wild card.

4.) Marco Rubio -- On paper, he's the ideal choice (swing state, "tea party hero", hispanic vote, inspiring life story, charismatic, legislative expertise, etc.) In reality, I agree with the posts about having serious qualms over this guy, in that he's starting to sound more and more like his "true conservative" predecessor Mel Martinez.

3.) Paul Ryan -- Great guy, could possibly have enough pull to get Wisconsin on our side (even though he's only a Congressman, I think Wisconsin will be close enough that even a tiny swing of votes could make the difference), solid conservative, helps Romney in every category except the Dems will portray the GOP ticket as the WASP old guard who will "take us back to the dark ages" (yes, they will portray a Mormon-Catholic ticket as WASPy blue blooded elites, and the media slime will go along with it)

2.) Tim Pawlenty - Bleh. He's conservative, from a swing state, and acceptable, but puts people to sleep. When our entire GOP presidential field started out, he was #2 on my list simply because the other choices had so many negatives, but Pawlenty needs to be balanced out with a dynamic running mate. Romney/Pawlenty won't work.

1.) Rob Portman - Also has the "boring" factor ... not as much as Pawlenty but still will be a problem getting people motivated to vote if they're not in swing states. Could help with conservatives and winning Ohio will be pivotal, but he doesn't help Romney in any other areas where he's vulnerable.

My favorites would be Allan West (whom the media will claim was picked "just because he's black", but screw them) and Paul Ryan, but I don't see either being on the ticket. Romney is more cautious than McCain and isn't about to pick a conservative "superstar" that would overshadow him.

38 posted on 06/24/2012 4:36:26 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: Impy
>> I’d consider all the others on the list except for THUNE. Thune=FAIL <<

If I was in a swing state like Ohio, I'd probably force myself to vote for Romney -- even if his running mate were an uber-RINO like Olmypia Snowe -- because the disaster-in-chief MUST be defeated and I can't think of anyone who would make a worst President. Hillary would be an improvement over Obama, ugh.

Of course, I'm in "Obama's home state" (sadly) and he's not going to lose Illinois unless it's a McGovern-style disaster for him on election day. Since my vote doesn't matter, I won't waste on Romney if he picks a running mate that annoys me. Fortuno the RINO, pretty boy porker from South Dakota, and Rubio after his "I would come here illegally if I had to" have probably crossed that line where I don't trust them (and I don't trust the guy on the top of the ticket either, so I have nothing to work with). I wouldn't repeat what I did with Mark Kirk and vocally campaign for a third party candidate, but when it comes time to vote in the privacy the ballot booth, I can't see myself casting a meaningless vote "for" a Romney/Fortuno ticket.

39 posted on 06/24/2012 4:58:44 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: BillyBoy

My two cents...

McDonnell, Pawlenty, or Portman - not necessarily in order of preference or likelihood.

Romney will not pick a dark horse after what happened with McCain (although if he surprises along that line, I hope the dark horse is Gov. Martinez). He’ll also not pick someone who will overshadow him charismatically (not that hard to do), so that rules out Rubio or Ryan.


40 posted on 06/24/2012 6:45:35 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita; Impy
My guess is he will pick Rubio. It's a "safe" pick that "pleases everyone" (not me, obviously) and although Rubio has star power, I think he'd defer to Romney.

In '08, I predicted McCain would pick Pawlenty, or Palin if he REALLY wanted to rock the boat. Got that one right. I predicted Obama would pick Webb or Selibus (Hillary without the baggage). I was way off on that.

When my mom told me Bush picked Cheney in 2000, I thought she got her information wrong. Cheney is the guy RUNNING Bush's selection committee, I told her, no way is he going to pick himself and Bush go along with it... besides, they're both from Texas. ;-)

41 posted on 06/24/2012 7:13:12 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: BillyBoy

I would love to see Rubio for the entertainment value alone. Democrats’ heads will explode.

They’ll question whether or not he is a natural born citizen and turn themselves inside out claiming he is not qualified, although he is at least if not more qualified than O and this is Veep.

I would love to see them explain how he isn’t really Hispanic - just like Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice aren’t really black.

Great fun.


42 posted on 06/25/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT by randita
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To: BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; randita; ...

So many people have Portman pegged as the most likely. His only real downside is he served Bush (so did a lot of ok people). I’d put McDonnell right up there, his only downside would the college thesis that no one cared about in the gubernatorial election. T-Paw is a possibility as well. Rubio is for sure in the mix but I’m thinking he’s less likely. I’d bet on 1 of those 4 being the pick.

All of those guys other than Rubio are pretty boring but in the post Obama age maybe that is a good thing. A lot of people crave serious leaders rather than the 2 circus clowns currently in office.

It was reported that Obama had 3 finalists, Biden, Kaine, and Bayh

I discounted Bayh as boring (and I refused to consider Indiana in play, I could not face such pain) and too moderate to not PO the left (he’s to the right of the HATED Lieberman).

Kaine would have made Obama look like the heavyweight. (Same thing as Gillgain-Seibelius, and picking a woman who was not Hilary would be have been a huge insult to her)

So I correctly picked “foreign policy gravitas (LOL)” Biden, out of the 3 and thought him a likely pick all along. I mean when he called Obama “clean and articulate” I saw love in the air.

I was an early advocate of Palin back when 95% of Freepers outside Alaska hadn’t heard of her (being such an election junkie I first heard of her in 2002 when she ran for LT Governor of Alaska) and she got almost no speculation in the media. We were looking for a woman and she was the only one that really jumped out despite her short tenure, obviously McCain came to the same conclusion. I don’t remember exactly how surprised I was when he actually picked her.

I first heard of Cheney when it was announced he was heading Bush’s search committee. I was a teenager and thought it was hilarious he picked himself.

It’s like if some rich hottie put me in charge of finding her a husband, I mean come on. ;-D


43 posted on 06/26/2012 3:47:51 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; randita; ...
I forgot Ryan, I think he is a decent possibility as well (and would conjur up thoughts of Walker the man that should be Vice PRESIDENT) but I don't know if Romney is gonna want to be so tied to the House GOP.

And we'd have to replace him in the race for his GOP leaning but not safe House seat.

44 posted on 06/26/2012 3:52:00 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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