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Poll: Who Will be Romney's VP? (4 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will Mitt Romney Pick as his running mate?

  1. Marco Rubio (0 votes [0%])

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  2. Rick Santorum (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  3. Chris Christie (1 votes [25%])

    Percentage of vote: 25%

  4. Jeb Bush (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  5. Condoleezza Rice (1 votes [25%])

    Percentage of vote: 25%

  6. Mitch Daniels (0 votes [0%])

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  7. Paul Ryan (0 votes [0%])

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  8. Other (2 votes [50%])

    Percentage of vote: 50%

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According to an ABC News story Most GOP voters are thinking someone like Marco Rubio or Rick Santorum will be the VP candidate. I don't think so. Certainly not Santorum. Rubio isn't the strong pick a lot of people seem to think. I don't see him being a huge asset in Florida. He might sway things a tiny bit, but elsewhere, he's not much of a plus at all.

Santorum would simply be a distraction machine. Romney needs to avoid that at all costs. Jeb Bush would remind everyone on George W. Bush on account of the last name, and I think America is done with the Bush family for a while. And it's not that I think Jeb would be a bad pick. He'd bring in some serious players and money. That has to be tempting to Romney right now looking down the barrel of what Obama has in store. But I think it's just too soon for Jeb.

Jindal? He has an outside shot because of his contrast factor. But I wouldn't be surprised if he's focus grouped out of contention. There's something of the goober about him. Similarly, Chris Christie provides excellent contrast in both style and *ahem* optics. However, there's something of the mook in Christie.

Mitch Daniels and Paul Ryan are both excellent choices and could be counted on to absolutely destroy Joe Biden in a debate. Neither offer much contrast with Romney, although Ryan does magnify the appeal to women who simply see men as objects for their dirty, animal needs. Shame on all of them. Daniels hasn't impressed me at all on the charisma front.

That leaves us with Condoleezza Rice and "other". While I'm pretty sure the pick will be "other", and by that I mean I have no clue who it will be because I almost never do, I think the best pick would be Rice. Sure she'll open the door for more discussion of Bush's foreign policy, but that's going to happen anyway. Unlike Jeb, Rice has not connection to Bush's domestic policies. All the Obama team will be able to talk about will be the policies in the War on Terror, which they continued and amplified in some cases. Nobody comes close in their ability to counter those arguments than Rice.

And of all the possible picks, no one contrasts better with Romney than Rice. An African-American woman who grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama next to possibly the whitest man on the planet. Plus, she's a great contrast to Obama himself. She's a descendant of slaves while he's a descendant of slave owners. He has a murky academic career lauded by partisan hacks but viewed with skepticism by objective observers while hers is universally seen as the product of true genius.

You know, it's really too bad Mitt is going to pick someone else.

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My money is on Rubio or Portman, and I'm betting on Portman. I still fear the misguided Christie pick though.
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Taliesin, on 04 May 2012 - 08:35 PM, said:

My money is on Rubio or Portman, and I'm betting on Portman. I still fear the misguided Christie pick though.


I figure someone like Portman will be the "other" pick. It's going to be a wash probably. "Bold" is just not Romney's style. And if he were to try it, I'm afraid he'd mess it up.
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I would have a problem with Rubio, even though I like him a lot. He has a citizenship problem, the same one Obama has, and I refuse to be a hypocrite on this issue.

Rubio's father was not a U.S. citizen when he was born, not till 3 or 4 years later, so he is not qualified to be President, and being first in line for that office in the event something happens to Romney, he can't be vice. The constitution, and the courts interpretation of Article 2 says it takes both parents to be natural born to qualify.
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I vote for Allen West.
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wag-a-muffin, on 04 May 2012 - 09:44 PM, said:

I vote for Allen West.

Hmmm...You're going to lose a lot of communist votes with him, so....
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Doc, on 04 May 2012 - 09:24 PM, said:

I would have a problem with Rubio, even though I like him a lot. He has a citizenship problem, the same one Obama has, and I refuse to be a hypocrite on this issue.Rubio's father was not a U.S. citizen when he was born, not till 3 or 4 years later, so he is not qualified to be President, and being first in line for that office in the event something happens to Romney, he can't be vice. The constitution, and the courts interpretation of Article 2 says it takes both parents to be natural born to qualify.


The Obama crowd will use it. So help me God, they'll use it. No matter how hypocritical.
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I agree that Rice would be both the smartest and an unlikely choice; it would be a Romney etch-a-sketch moment after spooning so deeply with the reactionary religious right. The race is Obama’s to lose.

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MADGestic, on 04 May 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

I agree that Rice would be both the smartest and an unlikely choice; it would be a Romney etch-a-sketch moment after spooning so deeply with the reactionary religious right. The race is Obama’s to lose.


You have the rare gift of agreeing with me while spouting nonsense at the same time.
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Newt Gingrich. He "balances" the ticket in multiple ways that no other single candidate can come close to.

North + South
Executive + Legislative
State experience + Beltway experience
Moderate + Conservative
I could go on and on.

Yeah, I know they went at each other in the primary, but so what? Think of Newt as LBJ to Romney's Kennedy - those two reportedly couldn't stand each other yet as a team got the job done. Or to a lesser extent, Ike + Nixon or Reagan + GHWB.
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Saw an article in our local rag that tried to float the idea of Gov. Snyder. Can't really see that. Probably written by someone who wants Snyder out of Lansing and replaced by a Teamster.
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Mr. Naron, on 04 May 2012 - 09:58 PM, said:

Doc, on 04 May 2012 - 09:24 PM, said:

I would have a problem with Rubio, even though I like him a lot. He has a citizenship problem, the same one Obama has, and I refuse to be a hypocrite on this issue.Rubio's father was not a U.S. citizen when he was born, not till 3 or 4 years later, so he is not qualified to be President, and being first in line for that office in the event something happens to Romney, he can't be vice. The constitution, and the courts interpretation of Article 2 says it takes both parents to be natural born to qualify.
The Obama crowd will use it. So help me God, they'll use it. No matter how hypocritical.

I agree. At the VERY LEAST, the left will use it as ammunition to make any questions of Obama's citizenship sound hypocritical and throw it back in our faces. This election will be TOO close and hard enough to win as it is; We can't afford to risk even one swing vote on a potential distraction like that.
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Mr. Naron, on 04 May 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

I figure someone like Portman will be the "other" pick. It's going to be a wash probably. "Bold" is just not Romney's style. And if he were to try it, I'm afraid he'd mess it up.


True, "Bold" is not Romney's style. But Gingrich is nothing if not bold. It takes real chutzpah to talk of colonies on the moon in the face of trillion dollar deficits... and, all things considered, pull it off reasonably well.

Add it to the list of why Gingrich is the perfect balance on the ticket.
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Adam Smithee, on 04 May 2012 - 11:14 PM, said:

Mr. Naron, on 04 May 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

I figure someone like Portman will be the "other" pick. It's going to be a wash probably. "Bold" is just not Romney's style. And if he were to try it, I'm afraid he'd mess it up.
True, "Bold" is not Romney's style. But Gingrich is nothing if not bold. It takes real chutzpah to talk of colonies on the moon in the face of trillion dollar deficits... and, all things considered, pull it off reasonably well. Add it to the list of why Gingrich is the perfect balance on the ticket.


I would love for Gingrich to be the VP pick. Mitt doesn't like him, and it would be another distraction pick. The last time a GOP nominee picked someone like that was when Reagan picked Bush 41. But that was because Bush 41 had a lot of establishment cred. I don't think Newt has that. Or think JFK's pick of LBJ. He offered it KNOWING LBJ would turn it down. I think nominees are much more careful because of that.
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Hieronymous, on 04 May 2012 - 10:59 PM, said:

Saw an article in our local rag that tried to float the idea of Gov. Snyder. Can't really see that. Probably written by someone who wants Snyder out of Lansing and replaced by a Teamster.

I bet it'll be him because I know nothing about him. :lol:
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