Washington Post says Romney NOT vetting Rubio as Veep -- yet.
He's also not vetting a lot of other people. Apparently he's adament not to repeat McCain's mistakes.
But look who he IS vetting. Hmmmm.
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. — Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team is not seriously vetting Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), one of the Republican Party’s brightest young stars, as the all-but-certain GOP nominee increasingly gravitates toward more experienced but less charismatic leaders as a potential running mate.
ABC News first reported Tuesday morning that Romney’s campaign had not asked Rubio to complete a questionnaire or submit any personal financial documents, which one outside Romney adviser confirmed to The Washington Post on Tuesday. The adviser left open the possibility that Romney officials could decide to thoroughly vet Rubio at a later date.
Other vice presidential candidates, including Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, are undergoing a more intensive review, according to two Republicans close to the campaign.
Romney said Monday that he would not base his decision on a candidate’s popularity among conservatives but on the person’s readiness for high office. “By the time you apply the gravitas test, which is really 95 percent of what Governor Romney’s looking at — people when introduced to America nobody would think twice about their ability to be president if necessary — that wipes out 90 percent of the field,” said one outside adviser close to the Romney operation who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the selection process.
The adviser said other Republicans once presumed to be contenders, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, fall under this same category.
More-experienced candidates said to be under consideration include Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, as well as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
I am thinking he picks Paul Ryan. It is too soon for Rubio
T Paw? Really?
AV, I have the same gut feeling as you on this.
And since I don't want Romney to win, I think Ryan is a fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine choice, indeed.
Just a hunch, but I think it will be John Thune of South Dakota. It doesn't make sense for Romney to pick someone from a sparsely populated state which will probably go Red anyway. But, he is the "center-right" type that would compliment Romney. Sen. Thune is highly thought of in the Republican Party also. Whoever he gets will be an improvement over the Ferris Bueller type we have as VP now.
Lawrence O'Donnell says Pawlenty is going to be Romney's VP pick. I personally would like to see him pick Herman Cain.
It's all about misdirection. My guess it won't be anyone you have mentioned, including Rubio.
I tend to agree with you. It's too early. This is all smoke.
But do you have a candidate in mind?
He can't do a Palin "game changer" like McCain did (and she's even less qualified now then she was in 2008, if that's possible).
Will he go far, far right, TP preferably?
Or someone to bolster up his foreign policy inadequacies (not that Biden has really done that for Obama).
Hunstman would be a great pick. But IDK he might be pressing his luck. Things are strangely quiet on his Mormonism. Not sure if America is ready for a double MM ticket, though.
(And no, I'm not in any way suggesting he tap moi. Even though I am a double MM)
If i was a betting man i would put all my money on tim pawlenty. which by the way is the best choice for him out there besides mitch daniels who is unacceptable to the right wing nuts .
Guess who has a book out:
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me
But then again all those right wing racists....oh never mind
Do you think she wants to go anywhere near White House politics again?
I would be really surprised.
Other than her blind loyalty to W, I like her.
I would think that somewhere deep inside her she would like to have her name associated with more than the Bush regime.
I also like and respect Condi, IMO that would be Romney's best pick.
At some point the young Condi must have had aspirations of being POTUS.
Call me a dreamer (borrowing from St.Clair Jack below) but a Hillary Clinton/Condi Rice team would just about beat all in my book.
I bet Habee would back me up on this one (not sure how she feels about Condi but just a hunch it's positive).
I so wanted McCain to reach across the aisle and tap Hill when Obama took the nomination away from her. Yeah, I know the parties don't work that way,but....
We can still dream of a system that puts the best and brightest in the place where they can do the most good for us the people!
And besides, Rubio just said that he would have entered the US illegally if he had had to. That'll turn some against him.
"While discussing immigration policy in his new memoir, "An American Son," Rubio (R-Fla.) called for "common decency" in dealing with undocumented immigrants and said that if put in a similar position as those who are fleeing destitution, he would break the law, too.
"Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn't feed our families," Rubio writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. "If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn't give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn't a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.""
If one takes a deep look at administrations, Bush had a suprising amount of high level advisors and staff that were either black, women or both. Suprising in the sense that Republicans are typecast as racist and/or sexist. When the truth is they nearly always look for the best and the brightest regardless of faith, gender, or race.
Rice has been pretty adamant about not getting back into the cesspool of Washington. But I too would like to see her as VP. Then as President. She is smart and has commonsense. Which will probably keep her from either office.
Whoever it is will probably be the most obnoxious clown available. I doubt that a true conservative who is willing to work for America will be the choice.
call me a dreamer,.... but i'm in for Newt,.... he's a pomass, self agrandizing, arrogant ass,.... but h'e got more brains, washington experience, and debate skills in his pinky than the rest of the republican field combined,.... and if you think his ambitious chubby butt isnt contemplating it,... i gota bridge to sell you.
on the other hand,... in interviews you can clearly see how uncomfortable he is stumping for romney even on the back burner level that he is at this point,..... its got to be intelectualy nausiating for him.
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