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Mitt Romney's Running Mate

Introduced: March 26 2012

It's time for IWD to help choose Romney's running mate. As it seems increasingly likely that Mitt Romney will secure the Republican nomination, tell us who you'd like to see on the ticket with him -- and why. Diversity? Regional balance? Complimentary strengths? We'll collect your responses and send them along to the Romney campaign. Someone has to influence him...why not us?!

Dialogue on Mitt Romney's Running Mate
222:

I received the e-mail below about Paul Ryan as one of huge list of people. My "reply to all" was this: Even some people who prefer President Obama to candidate Mitt Romney can appreciate Paul Ryan's story. He is a real American guy who overcame adversity and earned his way in the world by being smart and working hard. So why don't you just tell the story without all the snide comments? (You could do a similar comparison with Mitt Romney -- who was born to rich and famous parents, given all the advantages money can buy, and managed to stay rich and famous.)


The e-mail I received that caused the above comment:

 

Well, early Saturday morning we learned that Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, is to be Mitt Romney's pick for the next Vice President of The United States.

 

What are we to think of this selection? He's not a graduate of Columbia University. He's not a graduate of Harvard. He wasn't selected as the President of the Harvard Law Review. He didn't get a special free quota scholarship ride to any prestigious university and, instead, had to work his way through Miami University of Ohio. For God's sake the man drove the Oscar Mayer Wiener Truck one summer and waited tables another!

 

One morning when Paul Ryan was sixteen years old he went in to wake his father up and found him dead of a heart attack. He didn't write two books about that experience. Instead, he assumed the role of adult at an early age, never having the luxury to pursue youthful drug use and the art of socialist revolution. Instead, Paul Ryan and his mother took his grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, into the household and served as the primary care provider for his grandma. His grandma wasn't the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii so she could offer nothing in return, except the element of "need."

 

Once Paul Ryan got his BA in Economics from Miami University of Ohio he was hired as a staff economist in Wisconsin Senator Kastin's office. The job must have not paid well because young Ryan moonlighted as a waiter and fitness trainer. No one offered him a "token honor" position at the University of Chicago and a $200,000 dollar a year salary.

 

When a still young Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin to run for Congress he didn't demonize his opponent and dig up dirt to shovel against him. He waited until the standing Congressman vacated the office before seeking the office. In Janesville, Wisconsin they don't have a big political machine to promote you, to criminalize your opponent; instead Paul Ryan had to go door to door and sit at kitchen tables and listen to his future constituents.

 

After getting elected to Congress Paul Ryan didn't triumphantly march into Washington, buy himself a Georgetown townhouse and proceed over to K Street to rub elbows with lobbyists. He bunked in his Congressional office and used the house gym for showers and a fresh change of clothes.

 

Paul Ryan then married and took his bride back to Janesville. He lives on the same street he lived on as a kid and shares the neighborhood with eight other members of the Ryan clan. He hunts with the local Janesville hunt club and attends PTA meetings and other civic functions. For those who can't make those public functions, Paul Ryan bought an old bread truck, converted it into a "mobile constituent office" and drives around to meet with those who need his help and attention.

 

No, I don't know if we can vote for a guy like this. He doesn't have a regal pedigree; he's Irish for God's sake! No one awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize two months after getting elected. No one threw flowers or got "chills down their leg" as a he took his seat in Congress. What is most despicable about Paul Ryan is that he has had the nerve to write the House Budget for three years in a row. He's is brazen and heartless in advocating in that budget for a $5 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending over the next ten years! The House passed his budget three years in a row and three years in a row the Democratically controlled Senate has let it die in the upper house, without ever proposing a budget of their own. What is wrong with this guy? If Congress were to cut $5 trillion dollars from the budget where would the President get the money to give $500 million dollars to a bankrupt Solyndra? Or $200 million dollars for bankrupt Energy 1? Or $11 billion dollars to illegal aliens filing INIT, non-resident tax returns to claim $11 billion big ones in child tax credits, even for their children living in Mexico?

 

I don't know. Paul Ryan seems heartless to me. He keeps wanting to cut government waste, he keeps wanting to put a halt to those big GSA conventions in Vegas and, worse, he keeps trying to make people look at that $16.7 trillion dollar deficit! The guy's no fun at all! Who wants a numbers cruncher? Who wants someone spoiling the party by showing folks the bill? Nothing will spoil a party quicker than sending the host the bill before the party's over.

321:

Do you remember hearing on the news about the San Diego fireworks show where something went wrong and all the fireworks went up at once and the show was over? Unfortunately, Marco Rubio has had a moment like that as he geared up to present an immigration plan, and suddenly, with President Obama's executive over, his show seemed over in a flash. I believe there's more to him than just that issue, however, and no doubt we'll see a lot more of him. I read an article in The Economist that discussed his situation very well -- saying "he may be the Republican Party's future -- but perhaps not quite yet." http://www.economist.com/node/21557360

222:

Tim Pawlenty is now all over the news and rumored to be on the very short list of running mates.He seems like a sensible, articulate person. I've read some analysts say that he would be a good choice for Romney because he wouldn't have any "issues" to distract voters. I'd also like to name him for someone "who's worth watching."

Note from IWD: To read more about Tim Pawlenty and other people worth watching, click here: http://www.iwdialogue.com/who-worth-watching

 

321:

With Paul Ryan's consistent entry into the budget battles, I think he's gaining attention that could make him a popular potential Romney running mate. Some have spoken out about his budget plan, including Catholic bishops calling it "heartless," but many people think it's the way to go.

Note from IWD: An April CNN/ORC poll found that 43 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable view of Ryan, second only to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with 44 percent. A Quinnipiac University national poll that same month showed that 23 percent of Americans thought that Ryan would be a good choice for vice president and 17 percent thought he would be a bad choice, while others had no opinion.

173:

It's really entertaining to watch this round of deliberations over Romney's running mates, especially how they all (well, maybe with the exception of Chris Christie) deny any interest in the job. I found a funny article saying potential VP candidates should "run for the hills" because vice presidential candidates' political futures tend not to be very bright. http://news.yahoo.com/advice-to-would-be-romney-running-mates--run-for-the-hills.html

030:

I totally agree with IWD's quote from Clinton regarding his choice for VP...he or she must be qualified to be President. Simple as that. History proves VP can't be counted on to carry their home state or region. A group will more likely back one of their own regardless of broader qualifications. Does anyone question that the Black Block Backs Brother Barack? If Obama had been the VP choice of Hillary - he'd have had that same support.
Would Rubio swing Hispanics from their support of Democrat ticket? Is Rubio qualified to be President?
Romney can't pick Huntsman - ticket can't have Utah twice. That is one obvious disqualification.
Romney & ___?___ - just do no harm (well vetted) and be qualified to take command.

089:

Another woman who's been mentioned as a possible running mate is Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico. She's an attractive possibility because she's Hispanic and female. She's say "no" as they all are saying no -- but she may actually mean it. I read that she's the guardian of her developmentally disabled sister who would not be easily relocated -- and Susana's father, who has Alzheimer's also lives nearby.

251:

Here is a link to what I found to be the most current and most thorough description of Romney’s choices for Vice President. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-04-25/romney-vice-president/54642184/1

222:

The list gets ever longer, so this is getting really interesting. I count Rubio, Christie, Haley (the only woman being mentioned frequently), Jeb Bush, Giuliani, Portman, McDonald, Ryan, Jindal…who am I missing?

037:

I’ve seen news about the first-term Senator from New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte, as a “dark horse” vice presidential candidate. If she was chosen, it seems that once again, a campaign might try to “win women over” by adding one of “them” to the ticket. But once again – she seems under-qualified and unprepared. She was elected to the Senate in 2010 and before that, served as New Hampshire’s first attorney general. (I wonder if she can see Russia from New Hampshire???) I wish her a long and successful career, but it’s too reminiscent of 2008 and too soon to be considered for Vice President.

105:

I agree that Marco Rubio would be an exciting and fresh face on the national political scene. It seems that one of his drawbacks is a lack of international experience and that's the same problem Sarah Palin had. But I read that he may be trying to line up some credentials – within the past weeks he has spoken about his views on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/25/2767909/sen-marco-rubio-offers-his-vision.html%20. It may be that he can do a better job of articulating what he knows about major issues than she was able to do.

168:

What a coincidence that Marco Rubio was a Mormon as a child? Who would think that we could actually have the possibility of the first Mormon President having a former Mormon as his Vice President? I’m not one who really focuses on a candidate’s religion – but if tradition holds and Romney would try to pick someone to “balance the ticket” – wouldn’t this be a disadvantage for Rubio?



Note from IWD: This fact about Marco Rubio has stirred up some discussion. A BuzzFeed editorial says, “Pathbreaking minorities like Romney traditionally balance their ticket with a No. 2 from a safe, familiar group. That's why JFK was never going to choose a running mate who'd been baptized Catholic, and Barack Obama didn't pick a VP with roots in Africa." If you're interested in reading more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/does-it-matter-that-rubio-was-a-mormon%20  http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/marco-rubio-talks-about-his-mormon-youth%20

321:

Romney may or may not pick a woman as his running mate, but he’s picked a woman to lead the selection process. His longtime advisor Beth Myers. It does seem like the time is really ripe for his campaign thinking that choosing a woman will make him more popular with a woman. If it’s the right woman – with actual credentials and enough experience to be a viable candidate – that just may work.



Note from IWD: If we hadn’t picked this topic last time, we might have picked it this time, because speculation is really running high as Romney seems to have all but secured the Republican nomination. He says he may wait until the time of the convention to choose his running mate, but that means there’s plenty time for evaluating and vetting possible choices. And as President Bill Clinton said, before he was President, when someone asked him why he chose Al Gore, who was someone with similar philosophy and similar regional appeal – instead of using his choice more strategically to win votes, he answered simply, “Because I might die.” The VP has to be really good!

035:

Here are my top three: Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Chris Christie

215:

The idea of accepting an invitation to run with Romney just may be enticing to Chris Christie because he is only 59 (he’ll be 60 in September) and that means if Obama wins, Christie could have the national exposure to run against whoever the Democrats put up in 2016 and if Romney wins and serves for eight years, Christie would only be 68 in 2020.

317:

I don’t know about Christie. He’s entertaining and he says it like it is, but some of his rants are just over the top. I read that when he heard about a 76-year-old New Jersey State Senator who said she had lost money with Bernie Madoff and had to collect a pension at the same time she had a paycheck – he urged reporters to “take a bat on her.” Can that be a true story. And can you imagine him in a sensitive international negotiation?

210:

Chris Christie’s relationship with the media is refreshing. He seems able to joust in a semi-friendly way. The other day when reporters were needling him about something – I think it was the cost of his security on his trip to Israel – he said something on the order of, “You guys write about what you want to write about. I know that’s part of politics.”

048:

I saw an interesting item by Jonathan Karl of NBC news about the way Romney picked his running mate when he was running for Massachusetts governor. He picked a woman that time – he said it was to “balance the ticket” (meaning she had a different set of skills and expertise) and also someone he’d be able to work with closely during the campaign and as part of the administration.

017:

I’ll never forget the morning I turned on the TV and saw the announcement that John McCain had chosen Sarah Palin (who???) as his running mate. This article in our local news (Arizona) does a good job of running through the potential candidates and conjecturing where Romney would gain by choosing any of those folks. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/04/16/20120416roney-vice-president-search-palin-lessons.html

033:

During elections, we voters on the sidelines need to keep a sense of humor, right? I thought this article by Paul Begala was a funny take on the whole VP selection process. After saying some pretty cutting things about each of the candidates (Begala is, afterall, a Democrat) he circles back to suggesting Rob Portman of Ohio will be the guy. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/08/paul-pegala-i-know-who-romney-s-running-mate-will-be.html

162:

The trouble with Chris Christie as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney is that he’s not conservative enough to satisfy the people that agreed with Rick Santorum and remain suspicious of Mitt Romney. Romney is going to have to go to the right to win those people back. I think he’s going to pick Paul Ryan and then hope that what people care most about is the economy and agree with the budget Ryan has proposed.

204:

In response to member 33’s comment about Mitt Romney’s funny routine on Jay Leno – I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m somewhat uncomfortable with presidents having to be funny and “likable.” Doesn’t that take away from some of the dignity of the office? Or do we think it's healthy?

247:

I admit that when I read some of the comments on this topic and the views obviously come from someone who doesn’t want Romney as the next President, I get a little miffed, because I support him and think he has some very good potential running mates. But it’s a good way to try to understand the other side and we all need to not just surround ourselves with people who think like we do – so I think this dialogue is a good idea.

154:

I read that Mitt Romney has one non-negotiable for his running mate: He/she has to be against abortion rights. That rules him out for me.

181:

A friend sent me this link to an article with a decidedly liberal slant that goes through all the potential female candidates that are being suggested in the media. If you aren’t offended, you might find it funny. Also, someone responding to the article mentioned Condoleeza Rice as a possible candidate. http://jezebel.com/5900537/if-romney-were-smart-enough-to-pick-a-woman-as-his-running-mate-who-would-it-be%20

208:

Welcome to the Mean Streets of U.S. national politics, Nikki Haley. The tweet that she was about to be indicted (a false bit of news that some established news sources tweeted along without checking) is just one example of how underhanded politics and irresponsible journalism join forces to ruin reputations and sway voters. Voters are going to have to get a lot smarter to find truth during the campaign to come.

114:

Take the time to Google Senator Marco Rubio....listen to his recent speeches. He gives me great hope and would be a man of respect and intelligence to serve as candidate Romney's Vice President. We need confidence as we go forward and approach the serious act of voting on Nov. 6, 2012.

IWD::

Suggested VP candidates in order of those with the most IWD votes at the top.
Marco Rubio
Chris Christie
Nikki Haley
Susanna Martinez
Bobby Jindal
Paul Ryan
Mitch Daniels
Scott Walker
Donald Trump

321:

I am relatively new to Intelligent Women Dialogue and I like the fact that we’re discussing political topics, but I’m wondering if IWD has a particular political preference or if we are focusing on a lot of Republicans because the Democrats have less up in the air?



Note from IWD: Intelligent Women Dialogue is built on a platform that is inclusive and steadfastly neutral. Topics and questions are selected based on their relevance to what’s happening in the world and presented with equal encouragement to all IWD members. If a dialogue seems to lean in a particular direction, it’s because THAT’S who responded. So, whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, Tea Party, Coffee Party, conservative, liberal, undecided, confused, or steadfastly independent yourself, join the dialogue and express yourself. If you like Mitt Romney and want to help choose his running mate, that’s great. But you don’t have to be a Romney fan to participate in this dialogue.

202:

John McCain suggested Sarah Palin. But Sarah Palin suggested Allen West. (Does this perhaps seem like a way to counteract President Obama’s popularity in the African American community?)



Note from IWD: Allen West was nominated for IWD’s “Who’s Worth Watching” on May 2, 2011.

083:

You can’t think about running mates without thinking about the book Game Change, which tells the whole story of the McCain campaign after Sarah Palin was tapped to run with him.

159:

John McCain is having a lot of fun being asked about Romney’s running mate. He seems to look back on the choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate with great “affection.” On CNN, when Soledad O’Brien asked him if he had some advice for Romney, he said ““I think that I would obviously tell him … not to rush to judgment for one thing.”

058:

If a woman is nominated this time, I want her to be a really good, credible candidate. I don’t want the future possibilities for a woman being President or Vice President to be ruined by someone who doesn’t know the issues and doesn’t have good credentials. That just feeds the problem.

285:

I am a loyal Democrat, so if I suggest someone as a VP candidate for Romney, I might have ulterior motives. But I would at least suggest someone with some experience in foreign affairs, because Romney has none.

033:

Well, Rick Santorum did say he’d be willing to be Vice President – but that was right after he insulted Mitt Romney. Following that, I saw a really funny exchange on Jay Leno, where Leno asked Romney to associate words with certain politicians’ names – and Romney replied “Press Secretary” to Santorum. I think he was referring to the incident between Santorum and a New York Times reporter when Santorum shook his finger at the reporter.



Note from IWD: The entire word game played between Jay Leno and Mitt Romney was pretty entertaining:


Mr. Leno: “Now, I’ll give you a list of candidates. You give me one word on each person. Give me one.”


Mr. Romney: “A couple of words maybe?”


Mr. Leno: “Chris Christie.” Mr. Romney: “Okay, um, indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Indomitable?” Mr. Romney: “Yeah.” Mr. Leno: “Alright, okay.” Mr. Romney: “He’s a man of strong will. Great strength. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Man of girth.” Mr. Romney: “Well, if you attack Chris Christie, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. He’s comes back hard, strong. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, I’ll try for smaller words.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, the American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Okay, that’s three words.” Mr. Romney: “I don’t know. Alright, American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Paul Ryan.” Mr. Romney: “Paul Ryan. Um, um, creative.”


Mr. Leno: “Nikki Haley.” Mr. Romney: “Nikki Haley. Um, energetic.”


Mr. Leno: “Donald Trump.” Mr. Romney: “Um, huge.”


Mr. Leno: “Rick Santorum.” Mr. Romney: “Um, press secretary.”

192:

A lot of people might say that Marco Rubio is a good choice for rather cynical reasons – he’s Latino, he’s from the South (Florida) and he’s popular with the Tea Party. But he’s impressive on his own. During the primary in Florida, he spoke out against an immigration ad run by Newt Gingrich.

251:

I think it’s interesting to watch the candidates try to avoid saying “yes” – they’d like to be chosen as VP candidate – without saying “no.” When Marco Rubio was interviewed by Sean Hannity on FOX News and was asked if he’d accept if an invitation came regarding the vice presidential spot on the ticket and he said, “I don’t believe I’m going to be asked to be the vice presidential nominee. That’s not what I intend to be and that’s not what I want to be.”

213:

If Mitt Romney choose a vice president to fill a gap…which will it be? Conservatives…women…or independents?

321:

Romney seems to have a choice between familiar and unexciting (Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels) – and interesting but untested (Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio).

001:

Paul Ryan has to be one of the serious contenders after all the campaigning he did with Mitt Romney in Wisconsin. Also, he seems to be in the spotlight for his budget plan – and that could provide a differentiating point for the two campaigns. The Washington Post laid out some other reasons why interest in Ryan seems to be growing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/paul-ryans-rapidly-improving-vice-presidential-prospects/2012/04/04/gIQA7nvPvS_blog.html%20

134:

Nikki Haley has been making the round of interviews and talk shows. Her story is really quite interesting. She’s the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, and the second governor with family roots in India. She’s only 40, which makes her the youngest governor currently serving.

070:

It must be really intimidating to be suddenly thrust into the national spotlight as Nikki Haley has been. On The View, she was asked her views about contraception and she said women don’t care about it. It raised a pretty immediate and negative response from people who do care and wondered why she’d say that.

037:

One of the problems Nikki Haley would have if she left her job as Governor of South Carolina to run for Vice President is that her Lt. Governor has been indicted and the person who would succeed her is a pretty controversial figure (Confederate history buff) who she might not want to leave with her job. Remains to be seen.

222:

I received the e-mail below about Paul Ryan as one of huge list of people. My "reply to all" was this: Even some people who prefer President Obama to candidate Mitt Romney can appreciate Paul Ryan's story. He is a real American guy who overcame adversity and earned his way in the world by being smart and working hard. So why don't you just tell the story without all the snide comments? (You could do a similar comparison with Mitt Romney -- who was born to rich and famous parents, given all the advantages money can buy, and managed to stay rich and famous.)


The e-mail I received that caused the above comment:

 

Well, early Saturday morning we learned that Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, is to be Mitt Romney's pick for the next Vice President of The United States.

 

What are we to think of this selection? He's not a graduate of Columbia University. He's not a graduate of Harvard. He wasn't selected as the President of the Harvard Law Review. He didn't get a special free quota scholarship ride to any prestigious university and, instead, had to work his way through Miami University of Ohio. For God's sake the man drove the Oscar Mayer Wiener Truck one summer and waited tables another!

 

One morning when Paul Ryan was sixteen years old he went in to wake his father up and found him dead of a heart attack. He didn't write two books about that experience. Instead, he assumed the role of adult at an early age, never having the luxury to pursue youthful drug use and the art of socialist revolution. Instead, Paul Ryan and his mother took his grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, into the household and served as the primary care provider for his grandma. His grandma wasn't the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii so she could offer nothing in return, except the element of "need."

 

Once Paul Ryan got his BA in Economics from Miami University of Ohio he was hired as a staff economist in Wisconsin Senator Kastin's office. The job must have not paid well because young Ryan moonlighted as a waiter and fitness trainer. No one offered him a "token honor" position at the University of Chicago and a $200,000 dollar a year salary.

 

When a still young Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin to run for Congress he didn't demonize his opponent and dig up dirt to shovel against him. He waited until the standing Congressman vacated the office before seeking the office. In Janesville, Wisconsin they don't have a big political machine to promote you, to criminalize your opponent; instead Paul Ryan had to go door to door and sit at kitchen tables and listen to his future constituents.

 

After getting elected to Congress Paul Ryan didn't triumphantly march into Washington, buy himself a Georgetown townhouse and proceed over to K Street to rub elbows with lobbyists. He bunked in his Congressional office and used the house gym for showers and a fresh change of clothes.

 

Paul Ryan then married and took his bride back to Janesville. He lives on the same street he lived on as a kid and shares the neighborhood with eight other members of the Ryan clan. He hunts with the local Janesville hunt club and attends PTA meetings and other civic functions. For those who can't make those public functions, Paul Ryan bought an old bread truck, converted it into a "mobile constituent office" and drives around to meet with those who need his help and attention.

 

No, I don't know if we can vote for a guy like this. He doesn't have a regal pedigree; he's Irish for God's sake! No one awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize two months after getting elected. No one threw flowers or got "chills down their leg" as a he took his seat in Congress. What is most despicable about Paul Ryan is that he has had the nerve to write the House Budget for three years in a row. He's is brazen and heartless in advocating in that budget for a $5 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending over the next ten years! The House passed his budget three years in a row and three years in a row the Democratically controlled Senate has let it die in the upper house, without ever proposing a budget of their own. What is wrong with this guy? If Congress were to cut $5 trillion dollars from the budget where would the President get the money to give $500 million dollars to a bankrupt Solyndra? Or $200 million dollars for bankrupt Energy 1? Or $11 billion dollars to illegal aliens filing INIT, non-resident tax returns to claim $11 billion big ones in child tax credits, even for their children living in Mexico?

 

I don't know. Paul Ryan seems heartless to me. He keeps wanting to cut government waste, he keeps wanting to put a halt to those big GSA conventions in Vegas and, worse, he keeps trying to make people look at that $16.7 trillion dollar deficit! The guy's no fun at all! Who wants a numbers cruncher? Who wants someone spoiling the party by showing folks the bill? Nothing will spoil a party quicker than sending the host the bill before the party's over.

321:

Do you remember hearing on the news about the San Diego fireworks show where something went wrong and all the fireworks went up at once and the show was over? Unfortunately, Marco Rubio has had a moment like that as he geared up to present an immigration plan, and suddenly, with President Obama's executive over, his show seemed over in a flash. I believe there's more to him than just that issue, however, and no doubt we'll see a lot more of him. I read an article in The Economist that discussed his situation very well -- saying "he may be the Republican Party's future -- but perhaps not quite yet." http://www.economist.com/node/21557360

222:

Tim Pawlenty is now all over the news and rumored to be on the very short list of running mates.He seems like a sensible, articulate person. I've read some analysts say that he would be a good choice for Romney because he wouldn't have any "issues" to distract voters. I'd also like to name him for someone "who's worth watching."

Note from IWD: To read more about Tim Pawlenty and other people worth watching, click here: http://www.iwdialogue.com/who-worth-watching

 

321:

With Paul Ryan's consistent entry into the budget battles, I think he's gaining attention that could make him a popular potential Romney running mate. Some have spoken out about his budget plan, including Catholic bishops calling it "heartless," but many people think it's the way to go.

Note from IWD: An April CNN/ORC poll found that 43 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable view of Ryan, second only to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with 44 percent. A Quinnipiac University national poll that same month showed that 23 percent of Americans thought that Ryan would be a good choice for vice president and 17 percent thought he would be a bad choice, while others had no opinion.

173:

It's really entertaining to watch this round of deliberations over Romney's running mates, especially how they all (well, maybe with the exception of Chris Christie) deny any interest in the job. I found a funny article saying potential VP candidates should "run for the hills" because vice presidential candidates' political futures tend not to be very bright. http://news.yahoo.com/advice-to-would-be-romney-running-mates--run-for-the-hills.html

030:

I totally agree with IWD's quote from Clinton regarding his choice for VP...he or she must be qualified to be President. Simple as that. History proves VP can't be counted on to carry their home state or region. A group will more likely back one of their own regardless of broader qualifications. Does anyone question that the Black Block Backs Brother Barack? If Obama had been the VP choice of Hillary - he'd have had that same support.
Would Rubio swing Hispanics from their support of Democrat ticket? Is Rubio qualified to be President?
Romney can't pick Huntsman - ticket can't have Utah twice. That is one obvious disqualification.
Romney & ___?___ - just do no harm (well vetted) and be qualified to take command.

089:

Another woman who's been mentioned as a possible running mate is Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico. She's an attractive possibility because she's Hispanic and female. She's say "no" as they all are saying no -- but she may actually mean it. I read that she's the guardian of her developmentally disabled sister who would not be easily relocated -- and Susana's father, who has Alzheimer's also lives nearby.

251:

Here is a link to what I found to be the most current and most thorough description of Romney’s choices for Vice President. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-04-25/romney-vice-president/54642184/1

222:

The list gets ever longer, so this is getting really interesting. I count Rubio, Christie, Haley (the only woman being mentioned frequently), Jeb Bush, Giuliani, Portman, McDonald, Ryan, Jindal…who am I missing?

037:

I’ve seen news about the first-term Senator from New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte, as a “dark horse” vice presidential candidate. If she was chosen, it seems that once again, a campaign might try to “win women over” by adding one of “them” to the ticket. But once again – she seems under-qualified and unprepared. She was elected to the Senate in 2010 and before that, served as New Hampshire’s first attorney general. (I wonder if she can see Russia from New Hampshire???) I wish her a long and successful career, but it’s too reminiscent of 2008 and too soon to be considered for Vice President.

105:

I agree that Marco Rubio would be an exciting and fresh face on the national political scene. It seems that one of his drawbacks is a lack of international experience and that's the same problem Sarah Palin had. But I read that he may be trying to line up some credentials – within the past weeks he has spoken about his views on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/25/2767909/sen-marco-rubio-offers-his-vision.html%20. It may be that he can do a better job of articulating what he knows about major issues than she was able to do.

168:

What a coincidence that Marco Rubio was a Mormon as a child? Who would think that we could actually have the possibility of the first Mormon President having a former Mormon as his Vice President? I’m not one who really focuses on a candidate’s religion – but if tradition holds and Romney would try to pick someone to “balance the ticket” – wouldn’t this be a disadvantage for Rubio?



Note from IWD: This fact about Marco Rubio has stirred up some discussion. A BuzzFeed editorial says, “Pathbreaking minorities like Romney traditionally balance their ticket with a No. 2 from a safe, familiar group. That's why JFK was never going to choose a running mate who'd been baptized Catholic, and Barack Obama didn't pick a VP with roots in Africa." If you're interested in reading more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/does-it-matter-that-rubio-was-a-mormon%20  http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/marco-rubio-talks-about-his-mormon-youth%20

321:

Romney may or may not pick a woman as his running mate, but he’s picked a woman to lead the selection process. His longtime advisor Beth Myers. It does seem like the time is really ripe for his campaign thinking that choosing a woman will make him more popular with a woman. If it’s the right woman – with actual credentials and enough experience to be a viable candidate – that just may work.



Note from IWD: If we hadn’t picked this topic last time, we might have picked it this time, because speculation is really running high as Romney seems to have all but secured the Republican nomination. He says he may wait until the time of the convention to choose his running mate, but that means there’s plenty time for evaluating and vetting possible choices. And as President Bill Clinton said, before he was President, when someone asked him why he chose Al Gore, who was someone with similar philosophy and similar regional appeal – instead of using his choice more strategically to win votes, he answered simply, “Because I might die.” The VP has to be really good!

035:

Here are my top three: Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Chris Christie

215:

The idea of accepting an invitation to run with Romney just may be enticing to Chris Christie because he is only 59 (he’ll be 60 in September) and that means if Obama wins, Christie could have the national exposure to run against whoever the Democrats put up in 2016 and if Romney wins and serves for eight years, Christie would only be 68 in 2020.

317:

I don’t know about Christie. He’s entertaining and he says it like it is, but some of his rants are just over the top. I read that when he heard about a 76-year-old New Jersey State Senator who said she had lost money with Bernie Madoff and had to collect a pension at the same time she had a paycheck – he urged reporters to “take a bat on her.” Can that be a true story. And can you imagine him in a sensitive international negotiation?

210:

Chris Christie’s relationship with the media is refreshing. He seems able to joust in a semi-friendly way. The other day when reporters were needling him about something – I think it was the cost of his security on his trip to Israel – he said something on the order of, “You guys write about what you want to write about. I know that’s part of politics.”

048:

I saw an interesting item by Jonathan Karl of NBC news about the way Romney picked his running mate when he was running for Massachusetts governor. He picked a woman that time – he said it was to “balance the ticket” (meaning she had a different set of skills and expertise) and also someone he’d be able to work with closely during the campaign and as part of the administration.

017:

I’ll never forget the morning I turned on the TV and saw the announcement that John McCain had chosen Sarah Palin (who???) as his running mate. This article in our local news (Arizona) does a good job of running through the potential candidates and conjecturing where Romney would gain by choosing any of those folks. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/04/16/20120416roney-vice-president-search-palin-lessons.html

033:

During elections, we voters on the sidelines need to keep a sense of humor, right? I thought this article by Paul Begala was a funny take on the whole VP selection process. After saying some pretty cutting things about each of the candidates (Begala is, afterall, a Democrat) he circles back to suggesting Rob Portman of Ohio will be the guy. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/08/paul-pegala-i-know-who-romney-s-running-mate-will-be.html

162:

The trouble with Chris Christie as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney is that he’s not conservative enough to satisfy the people that agreed with Rick Santorum and remain suspicious of Mitt Romney. Romney is going to have to go to the right to win those people back. I think he’s going to pick Paul Ryan and then hope that what people care most about is the economy and agree with the budget Ryan has proposed.

204:

In response to member 33’s comment about Mitt Romney’s funny routine on Jay Leno – I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m somewhat uncomfortable with presidents having to be funny and “likable.” Doesn’t that take away from some of the dignity of the office? Or do we think it's healthy?

247:

I admit that when I read some of the comments on this topic and the views obviously come from someone who doesn’t want Romney as the next President, I get a little miffed, because I support him and think he has some very good potential running mates. But it’s a good way to try to understand the other side and we all need to not just surround ourselves with people who think like we do – so I think this dialogue is a good idea.

154:

I read that Mitt Romney has one non-negotiable for his running mate: He/she has to be against abortion rights. That rules him out for me.

181:

A friend sent me this link to an article with a decidedly liberal slant that goes through all the potential female candidates that are being suggested in the media. If you aren’t offended, you might find it funny. Also, someone responding to the article mentioned Condoleeza Rice as a possible candidate. http://jezebel.com/5900537/if-romney-were-smart-enough-to-pick-a-woman-as-his-running-mate-who-would-it-be%20

208:

Welcome to the Mean Streets of U.S. national politics, Nikki Haley. The tweet that she was about to be indicted (a false bit of news that some established news sources tweeted along without checking) is just one example of how underhanded politics and irresponsible journalism join forces to ruin reputations and sway voters. Voters are going to have to get a lot smarter to find truth during the campaign to come.

114:

Take the time to Google Senator Marco Rubio....listen to his recent speeches. He gives me great hope and would be a man of respect and intelligence to serve as candidate Romney's Vice President. We need confidence as we go forward and approach the serious act of voting on Nov. 6, 2012.

IWD::

Suggested VP candidates in order of those with the most IWD votes at the top.
Marco Rubio
Chris Christie
Nikki Haley
Susanna Martinez
Bobby Jindal
Paul Ryan
Mitch Daniels
Scott Walker
Donald Trump

321:

I am relatively new to Intelligent Women Dialogue and I like the fact that we’re discussing political topics, but I’m wondering if IWD has a particular political preference or if we are focusing on a lot of Republicans because the Democrats have less up in the air?



Note from IWD: Intelligent Women Dialogue is built on a platform that is inclusive and steadfastly neutral. Topics and questions are selected based on their relevance to what’s happening in the world and presented with equal encouragement to all IWD members. If a dialogue seems to lean in a particular direction, it’s because THAT’S who responded. So, whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, Tea Party, Coffee Party, conservative, liberal, undecided, confused, or steadfastly independent yourself, join the dialogue and express yourself. If you like Mitt Romney and want to help choose his running mate, that’s great. But you don’t have to be a Romney fan to participate in this dialogue.

202:

John McCain suggested Sarah Palin. But Sarah Palin suggested Allen West. (Does this perhaps seem like a way to counteract President Obama’s popularity in the African American community?)



Note from IWD: Allen West was nominated for IWD’s “Who’s Worth Watching” on May 2, 2011.

083:

You can’t think about running mates without thinking about the book Game Change, which tells the whole story of the McCain campaign after Sarah Palin was tapped to run with him.

159:

John McCain is having a lot of fun being asked about Romney’s running mate. He seems to look back on the choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate with great “affection.” On CNN, when Soledad O’Brien asked him if he had some advice for Romney, he said ““I think that I would obviously tell him … not to rush to judgment for one thing.”

058:

If a woman is nominated this time, I want her to be a really good, credible candidate. I don’t want the future possibilities for a woman being President or Vice President to be ruined by someone who doesn’t know the issues and doesn’t have good credentials. That just feeds the problem.

285:

I am a loyal Democrat, so if I suggest someone as a VP candidate for Romney, I might have ulterior motives. But I would at least suggest someone with some experience in foreign affairs, because Romney has none.

033:

Well, Rick Santorum did say he’d be willing to be Vice President – but that was right after he insulted Mitt Romney. Following that, I saw a really funny exchange on Jay Leno, where Leno asked Romney to associate words with certain politicians’ names – and Romney replied “Press Secretary” to Santorum. I think he was referring to the incident between Santorum and a New York Times reporter when Santorum shook his finger at the reporter.



Note from IWD: The entire word game played between Jay Leno and Mitt Romney was pretty entertaining:


Mr. Leno: “Now, I’ll give you a list of candidates. You give me one word on each person. Give me one.”


Mr. Romney: “A couple of words maybe?”


Mr. Leno: “Chris Christie.” Mr. Romney: “Okay, um, indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Indomitable?” Mr. Romney: “Yeah.” Mr. Leno: “Alright, okay.” Mr. Romney: “He’s a man of strong will. Great strength. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Man of girth.” Mr. Romney: “Well, if you attack Chris Christie, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. He’s comes back hard, strong. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, I’ll try for smaller words.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, the American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Okay, that’s three words.” Mr. Romney: “I don’t know. Alright, American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Paul Ryan.” Mr. Romney: “Paul Ryan. Um, um, creative.”


Mr. Leno: “Nikki Haley.” Mr. Romney: “Nikki Haley. Um, energetic.”


Mr. Leno: “Donald Trump.” Mr. Romney: “Um, huge.”


Mr. Leno: “Rick Santorum.” Mr. Romney: “Um, press secretary.”

192:

A lot of people might say that Marco Rubio is a good choice for rather cynical reasons – he’s Latino, he’s from the South (Florida) and he’s popular with the Tea Party. But he’s impressive on his own. During the primary in Florida, he spoke out against an immigration ad run by Newt Gingrich.

251:

I think it’s interesting to watch the candidates try to avoid saying “yes” – they’d like to be chosen as VP candidate – without saying “no.” When Marco Rubio was interviewed by Sean Hannity on FOX News and was asked if he’d accept if an invitation came regarding the vice presidential spot on the ticket and he said, “I don’t believe I’m going to be asked to be the vice presidential nominee. That’s not what I intend to be and that’s not what I want to be.”

213:

If Mitt Romney choose a vice president to fill a gap…which will it be? Conservatives…women…or independents?

321:

Romney seems to have a choice between familiar and unexciting (Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels) – and interesting but untested (Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio).

001:

Paul Ryan has to be one of the serious contenders after all the campaigning he did with Mitt Romney in Wisconsin. Also, he seems to be in the spotlight for his budget plan – and that could provide a differentiating point for the two campaigns. The Washington Post laid out some other reasons why interest in Ryan seems to be growing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/paul-ryans-rapidly-improving-vice-presidential-prospects/2012/04/04/gIQA7nvPvS_blog.html%20

134:

Nikki Haley has been making the round of interviews and talk shows. Her story is really quite interesting. She’s the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, and the second governor with family roots in India. She’s only 40, which makes her the youngest governor currently serving.

070:

It must be really intimidating to be suddenly thrust into the national spotlight as Nikki Haley has been. On The View, she was asked her views about contraception and she said women don’t care about it. It raised a pretty immediate and negative response from people who do care and wondered why she’d say that.

037:

One of the problems Nikki Haley would have if she left her job as Governor of South Carolina to run for Vice President is that her Lt. Governor has been indicted and the person who would succeed her is a pretty controversial figure (Confederate history buff) who she might not want to leave with her job. Remains to be seen.

037:

One of the problems Nikki Haley would have if she left her job as Governor of South Carolina to run for Vice President is that her Lt. Governor has been indicted and the person who would succeed her is a pretty controversial figure (Confederate history buff) who she might not want to leave with her job. Remains to be seen.

070:

It must be really intimidating to be suddenly thrust into the national spotlight as Nikki Haley has been. On The View, she was asked her views about contraception and she said women don’t care about it. It raised a pretty immediate and negative response from people who do care and wondered why she’d say that.

134:

Nikki Haley has been making the round of interviews and talk shows. Her story is really quite interesting. She’s the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, and the second governor with family roots in India. She’s only 40, which makes her the youngest governor currently serving.

001:

Paul Ryan has to be one of the serious contenders after all the campaigning he did with Mitt Romney in Wisconsin. Also, he seems to be in the spotlight for his budget plan – and that could provide a differentiating point for the two campaigns. The Washington Post laid out some other reasons why interest in Ryan seems to be growing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/paul-ryans-rapidly-improving-vice-presidential-prospects/2012/04/04/gIQA7nvPvS_blog.html%20

321:

Romney seems to have a choice between familiar and unexciting (Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels) – and interesting but untested (Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio).

213:

If Mitt Romney choose a vice president to fill a gap…which will it be? Conservatives…women…or independents?

251:

I think it’s interesting to watch the candidates try to avoid saying “yes” – they’d like to be chosen as VP candidate – without saying “no.” When Marco Rubio was interviewed by Sean Hannity on FOX News and was asked if he’d accept if an invitation came regarding the vice presidential spot on the ticket and he said, “I don’t believe I’m going to be asked to be the vice presidential nominee. That’s not what I intend to be and that’s not what I want to be.”

192:

A lot of people might say that Marco Rubio is a good choice for rather cynical reasons – he’s Latino, he’s from the South (Florida) and he’s popular with the Tea Party. But he’s impressive on his own. During the primary in Florida, he spoke out against an immigration ad run by Newt Gingrich.

033:

Well, Rick Santorum did say he’d be willing to be Vice President – but that was right after he insulted Mitt Romney. Following that, I saw a really funny exchange on Jay Leno, where Leno asked Romney to associate words with certain politicians’ names – and Romney replied “Press Secretary” to Santorum. I think he was referring to the incident between Santorum and a New York Times reporter when Santorum shook his finger at the reporter.



Note from IWD: The entire word game played between Jay Leno and Mitt Romney was pretty entertaining:


Mr. Leno: “Now, I’ll give you a list of candidates. You give me one word on each person. Give me one.”


Mr. Romney: “A couple of words maybe?”


Mr. Leno: “Chris Christie.” Mr. Romney: “Okay, um, indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Indomitable?” Mr. Romney: “Yeah.” Mr. Leno: “Alright, okay.” Mr. Romney: “He’s a man of strong will. Great strength. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Man of girth.” Mr. Romney: “Well, if you attack Chris Christie, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. He’s comes back hard, strong. Indomitable.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, I’ll try for smaller words.”


Mr. Leno: “Marco Rubio.” Mr. Romney: “Um, the American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Okay, that’s three words.” Mr. Romney: “I don’t know. Alright, American dream.”


Mr. Leno: “Paul Ryan.” Mr. Romney: “Paul Ryan. Um, um, creative.”


Mr. Leno: “Nikki Haley.” Mr. Romney: “Nikki Haley. Um, energetic.”


Mr. Leno: “Donald Trump.” Mr. Romney: “Um, huge.”


Mr. Leno: “Rick Santorum.” Mr. Romney: “Um, press secretary.”

285:

I am a loyal Democrat, so if I suggest someone as a VP candidate for Romney, I might have ulterior motives. But I would at least suggest someone with some experience in foreign affairs, because Romney has none.

058:

If a woman is nominated this time, I want her to be a really good, credible candidate. I don’t want the future possibilities for a woman being President or Vice President to be ruined by someone who doesn’t know the issues and doesn’t have good credentials. That just feeds the problem.

159:

John McCain is having a lot of fun being asked about Romney’s running mate. He seems to look back on the choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate with great “affection.” On CNN, when Soledad O’Brien asked him if he had some advice for Romney, he said ““I think that I would obviously tell him … not to rush to judgment for one thing.”

083:

You can’t think about running mates without thinking about the book Game Change, which tells the whole story of the McCain campaign after Sarah Palin was tapped to run with him.

202:

John McCain suggested Sarah Palin. But Sarah Palin suggested Allen West. (Does this perhaps seem like a way to counteract President Obama’s popularity in the African American community?)



Note from IWD: Allen West was nominated for IWD’s “Who’s Worth Watching” on May 2, 2011.

321:

I am relatively new to Intelligent Women Dialogue and I like the fact that we’re discussing political topics, but I’m wondering if IWD has a particular political preference or if we are focusing on a lot of Republicans because the Democrats have less up in the air?



Note from IWD: Intelligent Women Dialogue is built on a platform that is inclusive and steadfastly neutral. Topics and questions are selected based on their relevance to what’s happening in the world and presented with equal encouragement to all IWD members. If a dialogue seems to lean in a particular direction, it’s because THAT’S who responded. So, whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, Tea Party, Coffee Party, conservative, liberal, undecided, confused, or steadfastly independent yourself, join the dialogue and express yourself. If you like Mitt Romney and want to help choose his running mate, that’s great. But you don’t have to be a Romney fan to participate in this dialogue.

IWD::

Suggested VP candidates in order of those with the most IWD votes at the top.
Marco Rubio
Chris Christie
Nikki Haley
Susanna Martinez
Bobby Jindal
Paul Ryan
Mitch Daniels
Scott Walker
Donald Trump

114:

Take the time to Google Senator Marco Rubio....listen to his recent speeches. He gives me great hope and would be a man of respect and intelligence to serve as candidate Romney's Vice President. We need confidence as we go forward and approach the serious act of voting on Nov. 6, 2012.

208:

Welcome to the Mean Streets of U.S. national politics, Nikki Haley. The tweet that she was about to be indicted (a false bit of news that some established news sources tweeted along without checking) is just one example of how underhanded politics and irresponsible journalism join forces to ruin reputations and sway voters. Voters are going to have to get a lot smarter to find truth during the campaign to come.

181:

A friend sent me this link to an article with a decidedly liberal slant that goes through all the potential female candidates that are being suggested in the media. If you aren’t offended, you might find it funny. Also, someone responding to the article mentioned Condoleeza Rice as a possible candidate. http://jezebel.com/5900537/if-romney-were-smart-enough-to-pick-a-woman-as-his-running-mate-who-would-it-be%20

154:

I read that Mitt Romney has one non-negotiable for his running mate: He/she has to be against abortion rights. That rules him out for me.

247:

I admit that when I read some of the comments on this topic and the views obviously come from someone who doesn’t want Romney as the next President, I get a little miffed, because I support him and think he has some very good potential running mates. But it’s a good way to try to understand the other side and we all need to not just surround ourselves with people who think like we do – so I think this dialogue is a good idea.

204:

In response to member 33’s comment about Mitt Romney’s funny routine on Jay Leno – I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m somewhat uncomfortable with presidents having to be funny and “likable.” Doesn’t that take away from some of the dignity of the office? Or do we think it's healthy?

162:

The trouble with Chris Christie as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney is that he’s not conservative enough to satisfy the people that agreed with Rick Santorum and remain suspicious of Mitt Romney. Romney is going to have to go to the right to win those people back. I think he’s going to pick Paul Ryan and then hope that what people care most about is the economy and agree with the budget Ryan has proposed.

033:

During elections, we voters on the sidelines need to keep a sense of humor, right? I thought this article by Paul Begala was a funny take on the whole VP selection process. After saying some pretty cutting things about each of the candidates (Begala is, afterall, a Democrat) he circles back to suggesting Rob Portman of Ohio will be the guy. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/08/paul-pegala-i-know-who-romney-s-running-mate-will-be.html

017:

I’ll never forget the morning I turned on the TV and saw the announcement that John McCain had chosen Sarah Palin (who???) as his running mate. This article in our local news (Arizona) does a good job of running through the potential candidates and conjecturing where Romney would gain by choosing any of those folks. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/04/16/20120416roney-vice-president-search-palin-lessons.html

048:

I saw an interesting item by Jonathan Karl of NBC news about the way Romney picked his running mate when he was running for Massachusetts governor. He picked a woman that time – he said it was to “balance the ticket” (meaning she had a different set of skills and expertise) and also someone he’d be able to work with closely during the campaign and as part of the administration.

210:

Chris Christie’s relationship with the media is refreshing. He seems able to joust in a semi-friendly way. The other day when reporters were needling him about something – I think it was the cost of his security on his trip to Israel – he said something on the order of, “You guys write about what you want to write about. I know that’s part of politics.”

317:

I don’t know about Christie. He’s entertaining and he says it like it is, but some of his rants are just over the top. I read that when he heard about a 76-year-old New Jersey State Senator who said she had lost money with Bernie Madoff and had to collect a pension at the same time she had a paycheck – he urged reporters to “take a bat on her.” Can that be a true story. And can you imagine him in a sensitive international negotiation?

215:

The idea of accepting an invitation to run with Romney just may be enticing to Chris Christie because he is only 59 (he’ll be 60 in September) and that means if Obama wins, Christie could have the national exposure to run against whoever the Democrats put up in 2016 and if Romney wins and serves for eight years, Christie would only be 68 in 2020.

035:

Here are my top three: Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Chris Christie

321:

Romney may or may not pick a woman as his running mate, but he’s picked a woman to lead the selection process. His longtime advisor Beth Myers. It does seem like the time is really ripe for his campaign thinking that choosing a woman will make him more popular with a woman. If it’s the right woman – with actual credentials and enough experience to be a viable candidate – that just may work.



Note from IWD: If we hadn’t picked this topic last time, we might have picked it this time, because speculation is really running high as Romney seems to have all but secured the Republican nomination. He says he may wait until the time of the convention to choose his running mate, but that means there’s plenty time for evaluating and vetting possible choices. And as President Bill Clinton said, before he was President, when someone asked him why he chose Al Gore, who was someone with similar philosophy and similar regional appeal – instead of using his choice more strategically to win votes, he answered simply, “Because I might die.” The VP has to be really good!

168:

What a coincidence that Marco Rubio was a Mormon as a child? Who would think that we could actually have the possibility of the first Mormon President having a former Mormon as his Vice President? I’m not one who really focuses on a candidate’s religion – but if tradition holds and Romney would try to pick someone to “balance the ticket” – wouldn’t this be a disadvantage for Rubio?



Note from IWD: This fact about Marco Rubio has stirred up some discussion. A BuzzFeed editorial says, “Pathbreaking minorities like Romney traditionally balance their ticket with a No. 2 from a safe, familiar group. That's why JFK was never going to choose a running mate who'd been baptized Catholic, and Barack Obama didn't pick a VP with roots in Africa." If you're interested in reading more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/does-it-matter-that-rubio-was-a-mormon%20  http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/marco-rubio-talks-about-his-mormon-youth%20

105:

I agree that Marco Rubio would be an exciting and fresh face on the national political scene. It seems that one of his drawbacks is a lack of international experience and that's the same problem Sarah Palin had. But I read that he may be trying to line up some credentials – within the past weeks he has spoken about his views on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/25/2767909/sen-marco-rubio-offers-his-vision.html%20. It may be that he can do a better job of articulating what he knows about major issues than she was able to do.

037:

I’ve seen news about the first-term Senator from New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte, as a “dark horse” vice presidential candidate. If she was chosen, it seems that once again, a campaign might try to “win women over” by adding one of “them” to the ticket. But once again – she seems under-qualified and unprepared. She was elected to the Senate in 2010 and before that, served as New Hampshire’s first attorney general. (I wonder if she can see Russia from New Hampshire???) I wish her a long and successful career, but it’s too reminiscent of 2008 and too soon to be considered for Vice President.

222:

The list gets ever longer, so this is getting really interesting. I count Rubio, Christie, Haley (the only woman being mentioned frequently), Jeb Bush, Giuliani, Portman, McDonald, Ryan, Jindal…who am I missing?

251:

Here is a link to what I found to be the most current and most thorough description of Romney’s choices for Vice President. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-04-25/romney-vice-president/54642184/1

089:

Another woman who's been mentioned as a possible running mate is Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico. She's an attractive possibility because she's Hispanic and female. She's say "no" as they all are saying no -- but she may actually mean it. I read that she's the guardian of her developmentally disabled sister who would not be easily relocated -- and Susana's father, who has Alzheimer's also lives nearby.

030:

I totally agree with IWD's quote from Clinton regarding his choice for VP...he or she must be qualified to be President. Simple as that. History proves VP can't be counted on to carry their home state or region. A group will more likely back one of their own regardless of broader qualifications. Does anyone question that the Black Block Backs Brother Barack? If Obama had been the VP choice of Hillary - he'd have had that same support.
Would Rubio swing Hispanics from their support of Democrat ticket? Is Rubio qualified to be President?
Romney can't pick Huntsman - ticket can't have Utah twice. That is one obvious disqualification.
Romney & ___?___ - just do no harm (well vetted) and be qualified to take command.

173:

It's really entertaining to watch this round of deliberations over Romney's running mates, especially how they all (well, maybe with the exception of Chris Christie) deny any interest in the job. I found a funny article saying potential VP candidates should "run for the hills" because vice presidential candidates' political futures tend not to be very bright. http://news.yahoo.com/advice-to-would-be-romney-running-mates--run-for-the-hills.html

321:

With Paul Ryan's consistent entry into the budget battles, I think he's gaining attention that could make him a popular potential Romney running mate. Some have spoken out about his budget plan, including Catholic bishops calling it "heartless," but many people think it's the way to go.

Note from IWD: An April CNN/ORC poll found that 43 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable view of Ryan, second only to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with 44 percent. A Quinnipiac University national poll that same month showed that 23 percent of Americans thought that Ryan would be a good choice for vice president and 17 percent thought he would be a bad choice, while others had no opinion.

222:

Tim Pawlenty is now all over the news and rumored to be on the very short list of running mates.He seems like a sensible, articulate person. I've read some analysts say that he would be a good choice for Romney because he wouldn't have any "issues" to distract voters. I'd also like to name him for someone "who's worth watching."

Note from IWD: To read more about Tim Pawlenty and other people worth watching, click here: http://www.iwdialogue.com/who-worth-watching

 

321:

Do you remember hearing on the news about the San Diego fireworks show where something went wrong and all the fireworks went up at once and the show was over? Unfortunately, Marco Rubio has had a moment like that as he geared up to present an immigration plan, and suddenly, with President Obama's executive over, his show seemed over in a flash. I believe there's more to him than just that issue, however, and no doubt we'll see a lot more of him. I read an article in The Economist that discussed his situation very well -- saying "he may be the Republican Party's future -- but perhaps not quite yet." http://www.economist.com/node/21557360

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I received the e-mail below about Paul Ryan as one of huge list of people. My "reply to all" was this: Even some people who prefer President Obama to candidate Mitt Romney can appreciate Paul Ryan's story. He is a real American guy who overcame adversity and earned his way in the world by being smart and working hard. So why don't you just tell the story without all the snide comments? (You could do a similar comparison with Mitt Romney -- who was born to rich and famous parents, given all the advantages money can buy, and managed to stay rich and famous.)


The e-mail I received that caused the above comment:

 

Well, early Saturday morning we learned that Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, is to be Mitt Romney's pick for the next Vice President of The United States.

 

What are we to think of this selection? He's not a graduate of Columbia University. He's not a graduate of Harvard. He wasn't selected as the President of the Harvard Law Review. He didn't get a special free quota scholarship ride to any prestigious university and, instead, had to work his way through Miami University of Ohio. For God's sake the man drove the Oscar Mayer Wiener Truck one summer and waited tables another!

 

One morning when Paul Ryan was sixteen years old he went in to wake his father up and found him dead of a heart attack. He didn't write two books about that experience. Instead, he assumed the role of adult at an early age, never having the luxury to pursue youthful drug use and the art of socialist revolution. Instead, Paul Ryan and his mother took his grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, into the household and served as the primary care provider for his grandma. His grandma wasn't the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii so she could offer nothing in return, except the element of "need."

 

Once Paul Ryan got his BA in Economics from Miami University of Ohio he was hired as a staff economist in Wisconsin Senator Kastin's office. The job must have not paid well because young Ryan moonlighted as a waiter and fitness trainer. No one offered him a "token honor" position at the University of Chicago and a $200,000 dollar a year salary.

 

When a still young Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin to run for Congress he didn't demonize his opponent and dig up dirt to shovel against him. He waited until the standing Congressman vacated the office before seeking the office. In Janesville, Wisconsin they don't have a big political machine to promote you, to criminalize your opponent; instead Paul Ryan had to go door to door and sit at kitchen tables and listen to his future constituents.

 

After getting elected to Congress Paul Ryan didn't triumphantly march into Washington, buy himself a Georgetown townhouse and proceed over to K Street to rub elbows with lobbyists. He bunked in his Congressional office and used the house gym for showers and a fresh change of clothes.

 

Paul Ryan then married and took his bride back to Janesville. He lives on the same street he lived on as a kid and shares the neighborhood with eight other members of the Ryan clan. He hunts with the local Janesville hunt club and attends PTA meetings and other civic functions. For those who can't make those public functions, Paul Ryan bought an old bread truck, converted it into a "mobile constituent office" and drives around to meet with those who need his help and attention.

 

No, I don't know if we can vote for a guy like this. He doesn't have a regal pedigree; he's Irish for God's sake! No one awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize two months after getting elected. No one threw flowers or got "chills down their leg" as a he took his seat in Congress. What is most despicable about Paul Ryan is that he has had the nerve to write the House Budget for three years in a row. He's is brazen and heartless in advocating in that budget for a $5 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending over the next ten years! The House passed his budget three years in a row and three years in a row the Democratically controlled Senate has let it die in the upper house, without ever proposing a budget of their own. What is wrong with this guy? If Congress were to cut $5 trillion dollars from the budget where would the President get the money to give $500 million dollars to a bankrupt Solyndra? Or $200 million dollars for bankrupt Energy 1? Or $11 billion dollars to illegal aliens filing INIT, non-resident tax returns to claim $11 billion big ones in child tax credits, even for their children living in Mexico?

 

I don't know. Paul Ryan seems heartless to me. He keeps wanting to cut government waste, he keeps wanting to put a halt to those big GSA conventions in Vegas and, worse, he keeps trying to make people look at that $16.7 trillion dollar deficit! The guy's no fun at all! Who wants a numbers cruncher? Who wants someone spoiling the party by showing folks the bill? Nothing will spoil a party quicker than sending the host the bill before the party's over.

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