Skip to comments.Vice president: Who fits the Romney bill?
Posted on 08/07/2012 10:24:33 AM PDT by Red Steel
Yesterday, I suggested there were some clues pointing to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) as Mitt Romneys VP pick. There might be clues leading to other figures (e.g. Mitt Romney will be in Ohio next week, Sen. Rob Portmans stomping grounds). Anyone in the party or pundit class trying to influence the pick is probably barking up the wrong tree...
But a number of readers were puzzled: Why McDonnell? Rather than make the case for him, lets look at how Romney, the only voice that matters, would see him and another frequently mentioned contender, remembering that Romney likes to gather a bunch of data and then make a decision. (Dont expect any flights of fancy on a decision as big as this.) He and his staff know that while the pick itself might not win or lose the election, the rollout will be a critical moment when the undecided...
This means Romney is unlikely to choose anyone who hasnt already been road tested as a surrogate and been interviewed by national media. Hes going to want to pound home his theme that hes the experienced executive who has figured out where President Obama has gone wrong, is going to set aside Obamas collectivist ideas and can revive the economy. He wont want to wig out the base...
McDonnell resisted all entreaties to raise taxes as governor. He stuck to his game plan, namely make the state business friendly, balance the budget and reform government. All of this will have impressed Romney. McDonnell has worked rather well with Democrats...
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is another top contender, and for good reason...
Romney isnt likely to choose an inexperienced or an erratic candidate, and he sure isnt going to pick someone whos a stranger to him or the campaign.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Ryan, Ryan or Ryan. If Romney wants to win, Ryan should be his VP nominee.
I saw Hannity interview Rubio. Very impressive. Any negatives? Hannity will do a one hour show with him Friday.
Dark Horse is Gov. Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico. Solid conservative background, pro growth/reduce spending pedigree. Much better qualifications than Sen. Rubio and would drive the Dims batty. Remember, Gov. Palin wasn’t on any of the short lists last time.
Alan West fits the bill for me.....
Notice NO MENTION of Rubio.
The Washington comPost is scared to death of that possibility.
Hannity is hardly the barometer for conservatism. If he’d give up his stupid football, I might listen to him. His blatantly rhetorical questions are a joke.
N.B.C., or not ?
Plenty of negatives!! A disaster at handling his finances & all in favor of the 'Dream Act'.
Sean Hannity is the last person who could influence my vote. He chickens out on so many Conservative issues....just hasn't got the guts!
Rubio WILL NOT BE VP!
Bob McDonnell is the only correct choice.
“Dark Horse is Gov. Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico.”
Did you notice PR competing as a nation in the London Olympics?
No reflection n Gov. Fortuno, but I believe the status as a territory would be a problem for a significant number of voters.
Born in Puerto Rico. US Citizen. Google him and watch some videos. His policies saved Puerto Rico from becoming Greece. (his words, not mine)
“I saw Hannity interview Rubio. Very impressive. Any negatives?”
He needs to issue a public apology to Michelle Bachmann and then renounce the pro-muslim brotherhood, pro-dream act positions he has taken recently.
“Bob McDonnell is the only correct choice.”
He is the best choice. But Ryan or Portman will also do.
West would be a good choice, but how many African Americans will support a conservative over a democRAT?
Gov. Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico: BS from Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Juris Doctor in Law from University of Virginia. 2004, elected Resident Commisioner for Puerto Rico, serving in the US Congress. 2008 elected Governor of Puerto Rico. Inherted a $2 billion deficit, now down to $332.7 million. Budget will be balanced by July 2013. Ticked a lot of people off in the process. Stuck to his guns and got the job DONE!
McDonnell has worked rather well with Democrats...
Always the deciding qualifier for the GOP VP...
Do i really need the /s
This is the column from Jennifer Rubin, WaPo’s in-house conservative and a HUGE Romney supporter.
Rubio has plusses and minuses. It is true that he is of Cuban descent, to which many Hispanics do not relate, but his wife is from Colombia.
So besides the fact that he’s inexperienced, anti-Bachmann, pro-Muslim, pro-illegals, and ineligible, he’s OK?