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.
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Vets for Allen West!
Vets for Allen West!
Why not Allen West for VP?
Rubio WILL NOT BE VP!
Bob McDonnell is the only correct choice. -------------------------------------------------------
more and more people are agreeing with you
Sorry, Mitt. Too late.
Fortuno is NOT an NBC.
Yes, Puerto Ricans have U.S. citizenship. It is, however, statutory citizenship granted per Congress, as PR is an unincorporated territory and the U.S.Constitution does not apply in PR. Same goes for those born in the Panama Canal Zone.
I understand the desire for Ryan but think to move him to VP would be a poor choice.
Paul Ryan is more valuable right where he is. He is the primo, number one, big cahona money man in congress. He is the best possible person with whom a Romney administration must work. The Ryan plan is already existing and ready to go with a few amendments to bring it up to the minute. He knows the House and has the feel of money matters like no one else. He needs to stay. The House is after all where the money legislation must come forth
I personally like Ron Portman,and not just because like me, he is an avid kayaker. He has been around and also knows money. The Portman/Ryan combo with a good money man from the senate will be able to provide the brains, experience and shear political muscle to take on the economy. He is also from Ohio and can provide a strong economic message to counter the constant barrage of lies the unfortunate folks in Ohio are subjected to.
“how many African Americans will support a conservative over a democRAT?”
It sure kicks the racist ball off the court...I know that won’t stop them, but it makes some waffle babies more comfortable pulling R.
BTW, I think that Romney should SEAL his Federal and State Tax Records when he announces who his Veep will be.
I do not know why he should not seal his federal and state tax records given the AnointedIdiot has sealed virtually every record he has.... =.=
B I N G O !
8 USC section 1402 “ All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after 1/13/1941 are NATURAL BORN CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.”
If Romney chooses a fellow white Anglo-Saxon male as his running mate, he might as well choose Dan Quayle, wherever he may be, and be done with the whole presidential race.
This is 2012. Minorities and women have made enormous political strides during the past few decades. Popular, charismatic Republican governors and Senators of many ethnic backgrounds dot the landscape. And Mitt Romney already has the white Anglo-Saxon male vote completely sewn up.
Marco Rubio, an Hispanic-American from the must-win state of Florida, is standing like a pot of 24-carat political gold just waiting to be picked up by Romney for a certain presidential victory, as Senator Rubio would add Florida to Romney’s win column and pick up enough Hispanic-American votes to put the ticket well over the top.
Will Romney choose Rubio, or spend the rest of his life regretting he didn’t, starting on the day he chooses the terminally bland Senator Whitebread for VP and wonders why the air suddenly seems to have gone out of his campaign?
Actually, he's been great at getting democrats to work with him. It's fine to have agreements, so long as the donks are the ones crossing the aisle.
Mittens desperately needs an *interesting* and *charismatic* VP pick. Having a second boring white guy on board the ticket is not going to help it out at all.
"All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after April 11, 1899, and prior to January 13, 1941, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, residing on January 13, 1941, in Puerto Rico or other territory over which the United States exercises rights of sovereignty and not citizens of the United States under any other Act, are declared to be citizens of the United States as of January 13, 1941. All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, are citizens of the United States at birth. "
It says nothing about natural born.
Don’t ever try this with me again. I won’t tolerate purposeful fraud. Nowhere does it state in 8 USC section 1402 “natural born citizens”.
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8 USC § 1402 - Persons born in Puerto Rico on or after April 11, 1899
All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after April 11, 1899, and prior to January 13, 1941, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, residing on January 13, 1941, in Puerto Rico or other territory over which the United States exercises rights of sovereignty and not citizens of the United States under any other Act, are declared to be citizens of the United States as of January 13, 1941. All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, are citizens of the United States at birth.
Identity politics is politics of division and is not a conservative value. And if Romney’s smart about this, he won’t even think about picking Rubio for numerous reasons.
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