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Mitt Romney's VP Pick?

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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 05:46 PM
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So Washington Whispers polled GOP Strategists



A Washington Whispers survey of top GOP strategists finds that two surrogates for Romney and the Senate's most famous Hispanic top a long list of vice presidential picks Romney should consider if he wins the GOP nomination as expected.


and this is what they got...




•First place:
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio,
former Secretary of State Condi Rice,
South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

•Second:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

•Third: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

•Fourth:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

•Fifth: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan,
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Those receiving one vote:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels,
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul,
former California Senate candidate and ex-Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina,
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.


www.usnews.com...

The prevailing thought is that he will have to pick a strong conservative VP to offset the enthusiasm gap amongst his base.

Marco Rubio seems the most popular pick amongst conservatives, Florida native...could pull votes in that critical state, son of Cuban immigrants...could offer some rhetorical cover on Romneys less than popular status amongst immigrants.

Interested in folks predictions....assuming that Romney gets the nomination..

What are you predictions for his VP pick, and what advantage do you think that pick will offer in a general election.




posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 05:54 PM
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with his ego and arrogance, he'd probably pick himself.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 05:56 PM
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Everybody who voted for Romney deserves a Jeb Bush, too!



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 06:00 PM
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Satan.

I kid. I really don't know.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 06:08 PM
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Im sure he wishes he could openly have satan has his VP


All kidding aside.

IF THE GOP DOESNT APPEASE THE PAULITES, THEN THE GOP WILL NOT WIN THE ELECTION!
Paul has consistently recieved about 20% of the GOP base. and thats not including the independents and democrats who would vote for him over obama and romney.

There is no way the GOP can win without this base. They just wont have the numbers.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:14 PM
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Condi Rice would be an interesting choice, but I'm not sure how much she'd do for the campaign -- she doesn't have the "star quality" of Sarah Palin (and I hated Palin, for the record.. but... you know what I mean? Condi's doesn't seem to have that outgoing, folksy energy that Palin has.)

Rubio -- well, he's one of the "Tea Party" darlings. The problem is that Ultra Conservative Republicans may be TOO conservative for moderate Republicans and they'll end up staying home or voting for Obama.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:18 PM
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He may go with Thune, since Thune has endorsed him and has appeared with him several times. Thune is also well funded. Gotta admit I don't like the man, but he would make sense as a running partner and since they both have strong business backgrounds, their synergy might be a lot better than another choice.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 09:19 PM
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Yeah Condi RIce is a very interesting choice, "interesting" in the same way as people standing outside your home with pitchforks demanding your arrest and charge for war crimes.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 09:10 AM
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Originally posted by VonDoomen

All kidding aside.

IF THE GOP DOESNT APPEASE THE PAULITES, THEN THE GOP WILL NOT WIN THE ELECTION!

There is no way the GOP can win without this base. They just wont have the numbers.


I actually think Ron Paul might be a great strategic choice for VP. If Romney picks a far right VP he will shore up the conservative base who looks at him sideways...BUT he wuill need the independants to win a general election.

If he picks a moderate/in the middle VP he might get some of the middle/independants, but he might not mobilize the far right.

Ron Paul would be a fair compromise able to get some of the far right and some of the middle.

BUT...Romney's corporate backers would never have it. Ron Paul is a threat on that fron, most specifically the Aerospace/Security/Military-Industrial Complex.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 09:12 AM
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Originally posted by Hellas
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posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 09:17 AM
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I think Condi Rice might be interesting, but I don't think she would run with him. She is a lot of things, but she is still very bright and wouldn't leap at the chance to be used as rhetorical cover. The election will turn ugly as November approaches and Super Pacs and surrogates for the Romney campaign will start to float coded-psuedo-racial messages to try and mobilize a thus unconvinced far right. Condi would serve as the..."See, were not racist" VP, the same way that Palin served as "See...we have a woman VP too, nothing against women"...and I can't picture Condi eager to be cast in that role.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 09:49 AM
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Originally posted by Indigo5
The election will turn ugly as November approaches and Super Pacs and surrogates for the Romney campaign will start to float coded-psuedo-racial messages to try and mobilize a thus unconvinced far right. Condi would serve as the..."See, were not racist" VP, the same way that Palin served as "See...we have a woman VP too, nothing against women"...and I can't picture Condi eager to be cast in that role.


You make some excellent points, and although I'm not crazy about Condi, I don't think she's a fool. Thune may be appearing with Romney to sort of test the waters on how he'd do as a vice presidential nomination.

I'm beginning to suspect there'll be a low turnout of Republicans in this contest.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 09:55 AM
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I don't think Condi's a fool, either. But I don't think she'd let that get in her way of being used as the token black female. I think she'd allow it. Why should she let what other people think get in the way of her career?

I think Condi would make an excellent VP, but I don't think it will happen. Willard is most likely intimidated by her... as he should be, IMO.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 10:01 AM
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Wait one minute! GOP scientists at Monsanto are now nearly completed the cloning of Richard Millhouse Nixon. Watch for new developements. Dick Nixon II in 2012!!



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 10:22 AM
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It's hard to fathom that Rick Perry actually made the list.



All political cheap shots aside, Romney's best bet for VP would probably be Huntsman. The man is a moderate conservative, a straight talker and doesn't carry any damaging political baggage. He has the ability to actually draw in voters from both sides of the political spectrum. A win-win situation for Romney.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 10:31 AM
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I'm beginning to suspect there'll be a low turnout of Republicans in this contest.


I predict that you will be wrong about that. I think the Republicans are going to turn out in droves, as will independents who don't like the direction we've taken. It hasn't been quite as "Hope"ful as they were anticipating.

I know I've see Ron Paul supporters say that if he isn't on the ticket, they will stay home. But I know that isn't true for all...I personally like Ron Paul the best, but I am prepared to hold my nose and vote for the Republican Candidate, whoever that may be (and I hope it isn't Romney.)

...and for anyone who says I'm selling out by doing that....all I can say is that I voted for Ross Perot. Lesson learned.

As for VP, I think Chris Christie already made it clear he didn't want to step down. If he didn't want to be pres, why would he want VP? Marco Rubio could make me very happy as a tea party conservative, however.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 10:57 AM
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I think some members of the GOP don't even listen to the people they want as VP. Rubio said he is not interested in VP, he is probably gearing up for a 2016 run if the Republicans do not win this time. Christie doesn't want to run either.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 12:35 PM
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Originally posted by GeorgiaGirl
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I'm beginning to suspect there'll be a low turnout of Republicans in this contest.


I predict that you will be wrong about that. I think the Republicans are going to turn out in droves,


Well...I think it will depend on your definition of Republicans.

I think the "New" Republicans that have gone far right will turn out in droves.

The 30% or so of the rationally minded GOP who are now called traitorous RINOs by the other 70% who are swimming in evangelical trance and economic/apocolyptic rhetoric...those RINO's will stay home.

The conservatives that are true Constitutionalists...Nobody but Ron Paul will do.

And the Conservative...in the middle...independant moderates? Well they are just socialists to the current GOP owned by the far right.

Slice out all the Self-Defined Conservatives that have been left ostracized by their own party or turned off by Romney's pandering to the extremist wing of his party and I have to agree...there will be a turn-out issue come November for the GOP. I think the RP crowd will turn out in droves, but they won't be voting Romney



Remember...GW got elected on "Compassionate Conservatism"...a "Big Tent" campaign...Inclusiveness...The MIDDLE...even if his policies once elected skewed right.

The current GOP rhetoric is the exact opposite...almost intentionally designed to alienate and exclude anyone not far right. They have even turned on thier own for not being conservative enough.

Here is the hard truth that the GOP won't acknowledge.

They drove the party to the far right for political advantage to take back the house...now the far right owns them.

And...no one can win a GOP nomination without a "who is the most bat-crap crazy far right nominee" contest.

But the very positions and rhetoric that will win Romney the GOP nomination...will lose him the ever critical "middle America" vote.

By driving the party to the far right they have severly hobbled their chances of competing in November.
edit on 8-2-2012 by Indigo5 because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 12:47 PM
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Originally posted by jjf3rd77
I think some members of the GOP don't even listen to the people they want as VP. Rubio said he is not interested in VP, he is probably gearing up for a 2016 run if the Republicans do not win this time. Christie doesn't want to run either.


I heard a discussion by GOP Strategists that centered on this idea...Where are all the great potential nominees?

The answer was...sitting on the sidelines. They want no part of the current political climate and economy and waiting for 2016.



posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 12:56 PM
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I disagree. I predict that when the time comes, MANY Republicans, just like me, who aren't in any of the groups you'd consider to be "bat-crap crazy", will hold their noses and vote Republican, no matter who the nominee is.

We could predict the outcome all day long, but we won't know until November.

I'm also an optimist. I can't imagine people who consider themselves to be Republican suddenly voting Obama.

We'll just have to wait and see.



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