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Romney’s Hunt for a Vice President Focuses on Pawlenty and Portman
Atlanta BlackStar ^ | August 1, 2012 | Nick Chiles

Posted on 08/01/2012 9:42:17 PM PDT by Red Steel

The hunt for Mitt Romney’s running mate has entered the final sprint and the betting money is coalescing around Tim Pawlenty and Rob Portman.

They are both without scandal lurking in their background—and both so bland they make Romney look charismatic by comparison.

There are even oddsmakers weighing in on the process. In London, the safest bets are on Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at 2-1 odds and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 11-8. The company Intrade, which allows the public to bet on political outcomes, this morning had the chances of Portman being picked at 30.7 percent, while it put Pawlenty at 26.3 percent. (Intrade, by the way, also put President Obama’s chance of re-election at 57.8 percent.) How about Sarah Palin? Mccain’s 2008 choice isn’t looking so good at 0.6 percent chance.

The woman in charge of Romney’s selection team is Beth Myers, a 55-year-old Boston lawyer who ran Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Most observers believe the key criterion Myers and Romney is looking for is someone who is as safe as possible. In other words, the anti-Palin. Traditionally vice presidential picks are seen as someone who can add to the ticket qualities or constituencies the candidate lacks. That would point to someone like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Latino and could help Romney trim away at Obama’s huge lead with that crucial constituency. But Rubio has had questions raised about his personal finances—missing payments on his $100,000 student loan bill or on a Florida home that is significantly underwater. It is almost quaint to be talking about Rubio struggling with payments of several thousand dollars a month when Romney is sitting on personal wealth that might top $300 million. Though Rubio’s struggles with personal finances might make him even more relatable to the average voter in this recession age, Romney’s people will likely avoid anyone with anything remotely questionable in his background.

Huffington Post writer Howard Fineman said picking Rubio in this scandal-obsessed age would be like throwing an entire hog in the “shark tank.”

Last Friday Myers sent out a mysterious tweet that many took as a list of names she is considering—though it had the hashtag #ff, which in Twitter land is a popular name for something called “follow Friday,” suggesting things for Twitter users to follow. Among the names on her list were Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Newt Gingrich. About Gingrich, Fineman said on the Huffington Post, that he “must have been included for entertainment purposes.”


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1 posted on 08/01/2012 9:42:24 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Ick.


2 posted on 08/01/2012 9:45:36 PM PDT by steve8714 (Romney will end up with someone even whiter and more boring than himself as VEEP.)
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To: Red Steel
Portman?


3 posted on 08/01/2012 9:46:16 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: steve8714

Doesn’t matter. Portman may be better if he had to oval.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 9:48:24 PM PDT by chiller (More T-Partiers needed, especially in the Senate and WE can lead.)
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To: Red Steel

TALK ABOUT DULL!


5 posted on 08/01/2012 9:50:37 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

Yeah, I suspect dull too. dull = “safe”


6 posted on 08/01/2012 9:52:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

RINO Nation


7 posted on 08/01/2012 9:52:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Red Steel

Safe for precisely “what”? Losing for sure!


8 posted on 08/01/2012 9:54:39 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Red Steel
"the safest bets are on Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at 2-1 odds and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 11-8. "

I actually got what I think is pretty credible inside info that it will be the betting favorite Rob Portman.

9 posted on 08/01/2012 9:55:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Red Steel

Re: I actually got what I think is pretty credible inside info that it will be the betting favorite Rob Portman.

And not from anyone associated with the Romney camp.


10 posted on 08/01/2012 9:56:39 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Red Steel

milt looking for a dull whitebread candidate who will tow the RINO line?
I’m shocked! /sarc


11 posted on 08/01/2012 9:58:24 PM PDT by rhinohunter (DraftWalkerNow)
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To: rhinohunter

Mittens can surprise us with Palin and watch for lib heads to explode. :-)


12 posted on 08/01/2012 10:00:53 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: rhinohunter

Mittens can surprise us with Palin and watch for lib heads to explode. :-)


13 posted on 08/01/2012 10:01:31 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: ETL

Ok..no matter who, we will go to the polls and do our best to end the Obama regime. But that will be the last day of peace that Romney and his boring white guy will have. From then on we will be on their butts to perform in a conservative way. Because with them we will elect both houses GOP and they won’t have any excuses. If they don’t perform it will get really ugly. They won’t want to show their faces in public...or answer the phone..or read their email.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 10:01:44 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Red Steel

I guess I don’t care how “dull” the VP pick is - as long as they can turn this country back around. Obama was “charismatic” and look what he has done to this country. Same with Bill Clinton.


15 posted on 08/01/2012 10:02:06 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Oldexpat
Ok..no matter who, we will go to the polls and do our best to end the Obama regime. But that will be the last day of peace that Romney and his boring white guy will have. From then on we will be on their butts to perform in a conservative way.

Exactly. But we can make a few bucks along the way. 2-1 ain't too bad. :)

16 posted on 08/01/2012 10:07:55 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Red Steel

I would like to see a voting thread here to see who is most preferred VP on FR.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 10:09:34 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will encourage cancer cells in your body.)
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To: entropy12

Allen West.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 10:12:49 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Red Steel

After JoeyB, a boring VP sounds delightful. “Stand up, Chuck!” “Big F-ing Deal!” ....yeah, boring sounds really good.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 10:17:50 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Paladin2

My nipples come to attention whenever I’m in proximity to Hillary too!


20 posted on 08/01/2012 10:20:48 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Paladin2

Looks like she’s glad to see me....


21 posted on 08/01/2012 10:23:05 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: ETL
Re: I actually got what I think is pretty credible inside info that it will be the betting favorite Rob Portman. And not from anyone associated with the Romney camp.

I've been thinking it is going to be Portman for a while now.

22 posted on 08/01/2012 10:24:52 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Good heavens, the only 2 people in America more boring than Romney...


23 posted on 08/01/2012 10:25:23 PM PDT by DrewsMum
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To: Red Steel

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz


24 posted on 08/01/2012 10:27:53 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Red Steel

And the march of the RINOs continues. DULL RINOs at that. Well, guess the Romney VP pick will be meaningless,


25 posted on 08/01/2012 10:32:20 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Red Steel

Oh my wouldn’t that be fun!


26 posted on 08/01/2012 10:33:39 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Oldexpat

Not I. I will never vote for Romney. A vote for Romney is a vote to end Conservatism. If he is elected, conservatism dies.

I wait til 2016.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 10:35:59 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Red Steel
I've been thinking it is going to be Portman for a while now.

Well, he is the betting favorite at 2-1. So it's not really some great 'inside tip'. :)

28 posted on 08/01/2012 10:47:24 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: entropy12; Red Steel; All

If I were the VP candidate I would insist on seeing 12 years of tax returns before committing my axx to anything. I think Mitt is holding of on showing them for fear of a revolt at the Convention, or else contributors sitting on their hands when they see how little taxes he has paid. Harry Reid says an insider who knows the Romney tax situation said there were 10 years when Mitt paid ZERO taxes. Time will tell if there is any truth to this amazing statement.


29 posted on 08/01/2012 10:47:58 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: ETL; xzins
During his career in the House, Portman acquired a reputation as "one of the few Republicans who regularly form alliances with important Democrats to get legislation enacted."[5]

Yeah, just what the Tea Party ordered.

30 posted on 08/01/2012 11:08:56 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Allen West?

You cannot mix red hot chili peppers, which is West, with plain artificially flavored synthetic vanilla lo-fat sugar-free, 0-fat, 0-calorie, non-dairy, frozen yogurt, which is Romney.

31 posted on 08/01/2012 11:12:45 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Do not listen to Conservative Talk Radio ... until they talk to Sheriff Joe.)
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To: P-Marlowe

I guess Rubio would be about the best choice of the current possibilities. Too bad DeMint isn’t in the running.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 11:14:36 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I will not consider voting for Romney unless he picks Palin for VP and promises to resign after 2 years.


33 posted on 08/01/2012 11:29:09 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Obama is about as bad as bad can get. He has to go.


34 posted on 08/01/2012 11:38:57 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Red Steel

Please tell me this is a joke. Pawlenty acts like a little weasel.

I don’t know anything about the other.


35 posted on 08/02/2012 12:21:06 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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It needs to be a VP who can step in and one who can follow on in the next election for pres.. And someone who doesn’t distract from the nominee... Sarah hasn’t even endorsed the nominee, so that’s a no-brainer that she wouldn’t be asked - probably would accept anyway, she’s on a different career path.

It’s a tough decision. I don’t know anyone who fits it right now.


36 posted on 08/02/2012 12:31:43 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Red Steel

YAWWWN

Mitt has to run unopposed - even from his own VP - for people to “like” him

My goodness. What a shock. No making the “Palin mistake” for Mr Wonder Bread!


37 posted on 08/02/2012 1:09:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Red Steel

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz


38 posted on 08/02/2012 1:17:53 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: rhinohunter

If he chooses either of these 2 snoozers he loses my vote .


39 posted on 08/02/2012 1:19:49 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: sheikdetailfeather

2nd that ...but it ain’t gonna happen . Next to Ramney ( sic ) he’ll look like Superman . Mitts isn’t having any of that .


40 posted on 08/02/2012 1:21:28 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Red Steel

Why not just go all out mitt... ask robert kennedy junior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 08/02/2012 3:43:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Red Steel

I have a feeling Romney won’t pick any political candidate.

His wife will be his Vice President.

Must be a Mormon thing.


42 posted on 08/02/2012 3:51:28 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Allen West would have me torn to violate a solemn oath... NOT to vote for romney. That man is a real American... and a real man. No one is perfect but I do respect him and he takes no **** from anyone period. I would like knowing that my VP put a gun to the head of an enemy combatant to elicit intel to save American lives. I would KNOW that he would do the right thing without hesitation. For all of these reasons... I KNOW that romney will not pick him. My vow is most likely safe.

LLS

43 posted on 08/02/2012 3:51:40 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Yes... you are correct... I made a post above this one about West being VP and my being torn over having to consider voting for mitt if he chose West... but I just cannot get past mitt’s support for the murder of the most innocent and in his own words... it was “instilled in me from birth... by my mother”.

LLS


44 posted on 08/02/2012 3:55:45 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

MDAA was signed on Dec. 31 2011 which gave the military extended powers to arrest American citizens. Allen West voted for that bill.


45 posted on 08/02/2012 4:08:42 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Red Steel
Romney will soon announce his VP pick and it is almost a guarantee that we here on Free Republic will rip whoever it is to shreds. Even if Romney picks Palin (very, very unlikely), there is an anti-Palin contingent on this forum in enough numbers make a lot of noise here about it.

Which means that as soon as the pick is announced, it will get very ugly around here for a while. There is simply nobody out there that will satisfy us in my opinion (though I'd personally be happy with Palin or Susana Martinez).

Looking back on previous elections, there has been many awful picks for VP...Jack Kemp (Dole); George Bush (Reagan); John Edwards (Kerry); Joe Biden (Obama); Dan Quayle (Bush); Spiro Agnew (Nixon); Walter Mondale (Carter); Al Gore (Clinton); and all of those are just in recent times.

Chances are...we aren't going to be happy with Romney's pick.

46 posted on 08/02/2012 4:15:47 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Red Steel

Portman would be the smart choice, as Ohio is critical in the quest to remove Obama Hussein.

I see the usual blather from the screw America cause Mitt isn’t my choice crowd, but Mitt wasn’t my choice either - or my vote - and I will put aside my personal feelings on the matter and do what I think is right for America today.


47 posted on 08/02/2012 4:42:56 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: ETL

DeMint would be an excellent choice. Geez, can’t they ever think outside the box?


48 posted on 08/02/2012 4:47:11 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: bill1952

Ditto.
But for goodness sake, not Pawlenty.


49 posted on 08/02/2012 4:52:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Red Steel

Sighhhh...can these two be any more mediocre... a cap & tax advocate and an amnesty backer... both with all the charisma of a gray wall. Ugh...


50 posted on 08/02/2012 5:06:50 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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