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Who will be Romney's running mate?

 
 
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 02:49 pm
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/04/17/mitt_romney_taps_longtime_aide_beth_myers_to_lead_vice_presidential_selection/

Longtime Romney aide to lead VP search
Candidate relies on adhttp://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2012/04/17/1334635373_0861/539w.jpgviser Myers

Beth Myers, 55, is called smart and meticulous.

http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2012/04/17/1334635373_0861/539w.jpg
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 02:59 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:
I have actually heard as a long shot Condoleezza Rice


Everyone we name is a long shot. This is the fantasy football of politics where the fantasy of supergroups/superteams usually gives way to less "flashy" picks.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 03:05 pm
@Robert Gentel,
well then throw my name into the mix --- I received a republican survey yesterday - all official looking and crap - it said that it was for my use only and do not destroy and crap like that. Made it sound as if I HAD to fill out the damn thing.

It also mentioned that I am registered as a Republican - but I'm not - I'm a registered independent. So I ripped it up and threw it away.

Please don't tell on me or the "do not destroy" police will be after me.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 03:10 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
And I just don't think Romney wants to be outshone.


I think this is a good point, and the picks usually tend to be motivated much more by personal preferences like this than grand strategy that politics buffs like to fantasize about.

Quote:
That's why I'd tend to think Rubio is out.


It really does narrow down the list though, Romney is about as uncharismatic as someone who got as far as he has in politics can be. I think that if he wants to win he needs to be willing to be outshone, and get some real help from the VP slot.

He has no shot but external factors if he goes too boring there, IMO. He still has to debate and contrast himself with Obama (where he will fare poorly against a much smarter and charismatic opponent than he has yet had to face in this campaign), right now he's coasting on just being able to out-advertise.

What do you think about Portman? Since starting this thread I've started thinking that I find him more likely as the pick (though I still think he should pick Rubio).
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 03:57 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I think he will need a woman to try to get women to vote for him.

BBB

jcboy
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 05:02 pm
I was also thinking Rubio but I think he should pick someone who can see Mexico from their house. Maybe someone from Arizona.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 07:56 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
Because nobody has yet mentioned him I'd like to throw out Rob Portman as another front-runner.
I agree Rob Portman is Romney's most likely choice.

(although I still think he aughta go with Bruce Willis)
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Eva
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 08:09 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
BumbleBeeBoogie wrote:

I think he will need a woman to try to get women to vote for him.

BBB




This was my first thought too, but then I remembered the fiasco last time when Palin was chosen. Romney doesn't take unnecessary chances, so I don't believe he will do anything that could remind voters of the GOP's last VP choice. So I'm betting he'll choose a man.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 17 Apr, 2012 08:13 pm
@Eva,
Eva wrote:

BumbleBeeBoogie wrote:

I think he will need a woman to try to get women to vote for him.

BBB




This was my first thought too, but then I remembered the fiasco last time when Palin was chosen. Romney doesn't take unnecessary chances, so I don't believe he will do anything that could remind voters of the GOP's last VP choice. So I'm betting he'll choose a man.


I agree, Eva. It's not just Palin, either. Ferraro sank Quaile a while back there. I doubt that Romney would take the chance, even though someone like Condeleeza might help him.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:01 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Care to wager?
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:07 pm
@Irishk,
Irishk wrote:

I agree on the strategic part. I just think even the Republicans would see him picking Rubio as transparently gimmicky. If he wants to go that route, though, he has a few other choices (although maybe not quite as strategically advantageous).


Really?

Let's see:

Democrats who were thinking of voting for Romney won't because picking Rubio is gimmicky.

Republicans who want, above all else to depose Obama, will not vote for Romney because picking Rubio is gimmicky.

Hispanics who love the idea of a fellow hispanic being a heartbeat away from and in line to be president will not vote for Romney because picking Rubio is gimmicky.

A bit off the mark this time Irish
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:08 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:



Yup, it looks like a runaway.

Care to wager?
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:23 pm
@Thomas,
Thomas wrote:

Robert Gentle wrote:
Who will be Romney's running mate?
Governor Bob Jindal of Louisiana? Unlike Romney, he can mobilize the conservative Republican base and win elections in the South. Also, he is young enough to be a credible successor, should Romney win and be a successful president.


Jindal is an excellent choice from the perspective of someone who can step in as president (a perspective to which they all say they subscribe but, in reality, most ignore: witness Biden, Palin, Edwards, Gore, Quayle, Agnew et al), but he brings very little political benefit to the ticket.

Romney doesn't need a running mate to gin up conservatives in the South or North in November, Obama will take care of that. Put Rubio on the ticket and Romney's hispanic votes at the least, double.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:27 pm
@joefromchicago,
Joe - are you white?

If so, you obviously don't consider yourself generic.

What separates you from the rest of the loaf?
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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2012 10:46 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Finn dAbuzz wrote:

Irishk wrote:

I agree on the strategic part. I just think even the Republicans would see him picking Rubio as transparently gimmicky. If he wants to go that route, though, he has a few other choices (although maybe not quite as strategically advantageous).


Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Really?
Yep.


Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Let's see:

Democrats who were thinking of voting for Romney won't because picking Rubio is gimmicky.
Didn't say that.

Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Republicans who want, above all else to depose Obama, will not vote for Romney because picking Rubio is gimmicky.
Didn't say that either. I didn't say anything about Romney's choice affecting voting -- just how, IMO, people would see his choosing Rubio.

Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Hispanics who love the idea of a fellow hispanic being a heartbeat away from and in line to be president will not vote for Romney because picking Rubio is gimmicky.
IMO, voters don't necessarily require a candidate to be a mirror image of themselves. I don't. That's not to say they would change their vote based on gimmickery, either. I think, like most of us, they vote based on qualifications for the job and to me, Rubio is too young, too unseasoned, too green.

Even Rubio recognizes this. In his most recent comments to the media, he said, among other things, that one has to earn the Hispanic vote. I agree with him.

Finn dAbuzz wrote:
A bit off the mark this time Irish
Probably. Mostly speculation and opinion on my part when it comes to politics. I leave the rest up to the experts lol.

(I still don't think Romney will choose Rubio) Smile
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 19 Apr, 2012 03:18 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Quote:
Care to wager?


I do not bet on politics, but if I were to bet this year, I would be betting on Obama losing.

As I said earlier, I hope I am wrong. I think the Republicans will continue to be a disaster for this country.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 19 Apr, 2012 05:08 am
http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/15500000/Forrest-Running-forest-gump-the-movie-15591095-300-400.jpg
seems like a perfect match
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snood
 
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Reply Thu 19 Apr, 2012 09:47 am
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:

Quote:
Care to wager?


I do not bet on politics, but if I were to bet this year, I would be betting on Obama losing.

As I said earlier, I hope I am wrong. I think the Republicans will continue to be a disaster for this country.


Is your opinion (about Obama losing) based on the strong (sometimes not well defined but undeniable) dislike republicans have for Obama?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 19 Apr, 2012 09:57 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Care to wager?


I don't really gamble, to be honest. I usually only bet on things where I can influence the outcome directly (games of skill, not chance), but if you want to do a friendly wager I'll go along for shits and giggles.

What is it that you wanted to wager about? I won't bet that I nailed the exact margin of victory (which I think is a bit low right now, but am sticking with my prediction), but if you mean the general prediction that Obama will win then I'll play along.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Thu 19 Apr, 2012 10:12 am
Who should Mitt Romney choose as his running mate?

From a new CNN/ORC poll:

Quote:
According to the survey, Condoleezza Rice is on top of the list. Twenty-six percent questioned said they would like to see Rice, who served as national security adviser and later as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, as the Republican vice presidential nominee. In second place in the survey, at 21%, was Rick Santorum, who was Romney's chief rival for the nomination until early last week, when the former senator from Pennsylvania suspended his campaign for the White House.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were each at 14%, with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 8%, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 5%, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 1% and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at less than one half of one percent.


Most don't know who Portman is. (They will if he's picked lol).

More at the link.
 

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