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.
you've been fed a steady diet of spin by the RINO's....romney the INELIGIBLE is the exact same thing as AKA
If they would accept "Newt" they would have already done so ! The Good Old Boys that "run" the Republican Party "want a more moderate and docile conservative"...they had rather lose than elect a (Newt, Sarah, Michele) candidate that "they cannot control". George W would have not won "accept for hanging chads". Think about it.
We are trying to "break into the Temple and they do not want us there" !
They hate the Tea Party (Orrin Hatch).
They only win BIG with true conservative candidates..1980 & 2010. Bush barely (with counting the ballots in Florida) Dole, McCain...losers and moderates! SHAKE 'EM UP w/NEWT! in real TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE RONALD REAGAN FASHION...SHOCK THE RINO's VOTE NEWT! His numbers are rising in TEXAS...AND IT IS NOT OVER! Don't believe the GOP and the Bias MEDIA!
We don't have to go along with them Ron.. Stand up and fight Tea Party!!! It is now or NEVER!!! NO , to Romney!!!
Romney is going to be the candidate, so get behind him and let's get Obama out of the Oval Office.
I never heard of Portman. Why doesn't he just choose another INELIGIBLE like himself.
Is Portman a Mormon ?
Sally one thing for sure, he is not a muslim. Get over this mormon thing. They are good people.
I am ashamed to say, Romney, as well as us, already know that he is the NOT obama candidate. He knows that conservatives will vote anti obama, if we vote, if we even have an election. Being for the republic of the United States, we have a duty to vote against the traitor and thief that is the present "holder" of the office. Romney, sorry to say, is the next in line for the "GOP", but we need to do everything we can to disgrace our GOP affiliation at a later date (hopefully), but we must NOW recapture the republic, at least a small portion at a time. Getting behind Romney does not mean we love or even like him, it means we are disgusted with the direction that our current leadership has taken us. Which means, we must remove those that have allowed this to happen, those in congress. We must capture the senate with conservatives. We must regain the republic, not some office. That means voting against those that have done the damage, regardless of "PARTY". Romney may not be the leader of choice, but he is the anti obama person, anybody other than the present comrade, thief and destroyer of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. It is time to stop "eating" our only hope of getting o bummer out, removing o bummer, his appointees, and the bad guys in congress is our first and only hope of saving our nation. Remove o bummer not our hopes. My hopes were to have Newt, but my prayers are to rid the world of the likes of obama,
Danno Great: You can do whatever you wish, that is what america is or was all about. Doing so will only ensure americas' demise and o bummer will be re-elected. His, Romney that is, accomplishments, lets look at bummers accomplishments. Matter of fact, look at Ross Perot's accomplish of helping to defeat Bush. Go for it my friend, help destroy what is left. Putting a rhino in is partially better than leaving a destroyer in office.
who is Gary Johnson, last I heard he dropped out what you say Ross would have won if only he would not have dropped out????