There is one particular name that is now popping up among Republican insiders and the GOP establishment as the leading candidate to become the Vice Presidential nominee.
Who is it?
There is no doubt in the minds of Republican National Committee members that Mitt Romney will be their standard bearer in the fall, and already consensus is building behind one potential vice presidential nominee — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
In an informal survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at this weekend’s State Chairman meeting at a resort here, two-thirds said they believe Portman is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney. The committee members spoke to BuzzFeed only on the condition of anonymity.
“He’s from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, it’s that simple,” said one state chair.
Portman, a former Congressman from the Cincinnati area who was director of the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. And the warmth Republican elites express for him stems much from a desire to avoid another risky, flamboyant pick like Sarah Palin as it does for his ability to help carry an important swing state.
“Romney needs to make a safe pick, and keep talking about the economy — and that’s Rob Portman,” said one committeewoman from the West.
Portman’s seeming inability to overshadow the vanilla Romney gives him a rare qualification — and potentially a leg up over the rest of the field.
“He’s not going to be Palin — he’s not going to be fighting to get in front of cameras, [Portman] knows his place,” he one Midwestern committeeman.
“He was born to be the guy standing next to the guy,” said another member. “He’s the type of guy who ran for vice president of his high school student council.”
You have got to be kidding? Portman is a non-distinguished moderate. You have to ask the question, is Romney really serious about winning the nomination?
Assuming this is true, it is classic Romney and classic GOP establishment. They are solving for X. Instead of the passion of patriotism and the desire to help save the nation, all this is, is simply a business problem. It is simply a math problem.
No, there is much more than that. Romney has not reached out to the conservative wing of the Party. He does not seem to care. TPN surveys have shown a quarter of conservatives say they will not vote for Romney.
While we have not yet surveyed it, the number who will not go out and campaign fir him is going to be much higher.
Who the hell does he think is going to be the boots on the ground? Members of the country club?
Here is a clue for Romney and the GOP establishment. It is conservative activists who do this.
Romney is worried about someone who will help him win Ohio? He had better worry about the Conservatives who are not going to be out working for the campaign.
We will have Palin/West 2012...no one else will do.
Bill, that's a great article proposing a Dream Team that would absolutely get conservatives fired up! If Mitt is serious about going to the WH he needs to follow it to the letter.
The Republican Party has "left" The Conservatives....The same way they did years ago in the Democratic Party. Got to look for a different "Camp Site" !
Like George Wallace said, "I did not leave the Democratic Party, they left me".
romney the INELIGIBLE's grandpappy was kicked out of the country and he and his family STRIPPED of their citizenship for pologamy. Romney's dad, SNEAKS, just like all ILLEGALS, over OUR border, and, the idiot forgot to get himself NATURALIZED. The dad ran for POTUS in 1968 and was booted out of the POTUS race...now get this....because he was, in FACT, INELIGIBLE...making romney the INELIGIBLE...NATIVE born, not NBC, and, as INELIGIBLE for high office as AKA, rubio, jindal and haley.
Wow! Good information.
It's all laid out before us on the net....all these romney the INELIGIBLE lovers need to do is look and SEE. Saame with rubio, jindal and haley....lmao....TP dahlings, indeed!!!!
Better check again Lynda!
George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) He is the father of former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and the husband of former Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Lenore Romney. Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child.
Romney's parents, Gaskell Romney (1871–1955) and Anna Amelia Pratt (1876–1926), were American citizens and natives of Utah. They married in 1895 in Mexico and lived in Colonia Dublán in Galeana in the state of Chihuahua (one of the Mormon colonies in Mexico) where George was born on July 8, 1907.
This would make him a Natural-Born Citizen of the USA, even though he was born in Mexico because both his parents were US citizens. Also note that he married a US citizen as well....
Lenore LaFount Romney (born Lenore LaFount [sometimes written Lafount], November 9, 1908 – July 7, 1998) was the wife of American businessman and politician George W. Romney and was First Lady of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. She was the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1970 from Michigan. Her youngest son, Mitt Romney, is the former Governor of Massachusetts as well as a U.S. presidential candidate in 2008 and again in 2012.
Lenore LaFount was born in Logan, Utah, and raised in Salt Lake City. She went to Latter-day Saints High School, where she developed an interest in drama and first met George Romney. She attended the University of Utah and George Washington University, graduating from the latter in 1929
Mitt Romney was born to two US citizens....making him a natural-born US citizen thus qualifying him to the office of the President of the US.
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.
The son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan
It just occurred to me... With all the noise the media is making about
Romney's wealth, I don't recall such bluster and hand-wringing over the
Kennedy fortune. Or, for that matter, John Kerry. Or the fact that John
Kerry gave virtually nothing to charity while Romney gave something on the
order of $4 million...in addition to his entire inheritance from his father.
Oh. Wait. I just remembered. Romney is Republican.
Kerry and the Kennedys are Democrats.
Also, Romney worked for his money.
Kennedy inherited his.
And Kerry married his.
Never mind. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed.
If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed." ...Mark Twain
Tell him Judson, we need to give him a wake up call. I have already emailed the campaign, but I am sure it was chucked shortly after arriving.
If Romney and company wanted to reach out to conservatives, they would be seriously picking Alan West or Rubio. Like Ron said, Who the hell is Portman?
Rubio is not elligible to run for Pres or VP or anything near that. His parents were not born in this country. I fear that also for Romney and that is why we were led to him nomatter what we said or did. I fear they will let us go along and then pull the rug from under at the last moment.