(Image source: U.S. Senate)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

A double scoop of vanilla to melt the hearts of GOP voters?

Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney hasn’t made his veep pick yet — but some in the chattering class might be trying to do it for him.

WHSV: “Many people are speculating Ohio Senator Rob Portman could be chosen for the job.”

Fox News: “Rob Portman is an extremely popular senator and seems to be pretty effective.”

Before serving in the Senate — Rob Portman served as a U.S. Trade Representative and director of the Office of Management and Budget — both Cabinet-level positions under President George W. Bush.

He also served in the House of Representatives from the all-important swing state of Ohio for more than a decade.

He ran in seven elections during his House tenure — and never got less than 70 percent of the vote. Some analysts say his legislative achievements — especially his love of all things budgetary — could be an asset to the Romney campaign. Then again...

KNXV: “A lot of people have been saying it would be good for him to pick a vice presidential candidate that perhaps is Hispanic.”

KOMO: “Mitt Romney wanting to pick someone who appeals to conservatives, but also maybe someone who appeals to women or those Latino voter...”

Critics say a double dose of white male might not be the best pick for the GOP ticket. Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert had a little fun with the prospect.

“Just look at these two together. It’s like the bland leading the bland. … Maybe Romney should go with something blander. Like a headless Joseph A Bank mannequin or a rice cake...”

To that — a Boston Herald columnist writes, “A double-vanilla ticket will be attacked as un-diverse by the media. But if the nominees have rapport and energy, as Clinton and Gore did in 1992, who cares?”

Another name you’ve probably heard make the rounds: Rising GOP star and Tea Party favorite Florida Senator Marco Rubio — though he’s said on more than one occasion he’s not interested.

And the funny thing about that is — Both men are like, “Who, me?!”

HLN: “Rubio says Ohio Senator Rob Portman would be a great choice, but Portman says, Romney-Rubio has a better ring to it.”

The man who’d actually be making the pick has stayed largely silent. Which is why Politico’s David Mark tells WJLA, while speculation is fun, we really don’t know what’ll happen.

“We don't know what is in the people's backgrounds, until you really start investigating their financial history, some of the jobs they have had, so it could be somebody out of the glue that we are not even discussing right now.”
 

Romney-Portman 2012?

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Apr 20, 2012

Romney-Portman 2012?

(Image source: U.S. Senate)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

A double scoop of vanilla to melt the hearts of GOP voters?

Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney hasn’t made his veep pick yet — but some in the chattering class might be trying to do it for him.

WHSV: “Many people are speculating Ohio Senator Rob Portman could be chosen for the job.”

Fox News: “Rob Portman is an extremely popular senator and seems to be pretty effective.”

Before serving in the Senate — Rob Portman served as a U.S. Trade Representative and director of the Office of Management and Budget — both Cabinet-level positions under President George W. Bush.

He also served in the House of Representatives from the all-important swing state of Ohio for more than a decade.

He ran in seven elections during his House tenure — and never got less than 70 percent of the vote. Some analysts say his legislative achievements — especially his love of all things budgetary — could be an asset to the Romney campaign. Then again...

KNXV: “A lot of people have been saying it would be good for him to pick a vice presidential candidate that perhaps is Hispanic.”

KOMO: “Mitt Romney wanting to pick someone who appeals to conservatives, but also maybe someone who appeals to women or those Latino voter...”

Critics say a double dose of white male might not be the best pick for the GOP ticket. Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert had a little fun with the prospect.

“Just look at these two together. It’s like the bland leading the bland. … Maybe Romney should go with something blander. Like a headless Joseph A Bank mannequin or a rice cake...”

To that — a Boston Herald columnist writes, “A double-vanilla ticket will be attacked as un-diverse by the media. But if the nominees have rapport and energy, as Clinton and Gore did in 1992, who cares?”

Another name you’ve probably heard make the rounds: Rising GOP star and Tea Party favorite Florida Senator Marco Rubio — though he’s said on more than one occasion he’s not interested.

And the funny thing about that is — Both men are like, “Who, me?!”

HLN: “Rubio says Ohio Senator Rob Portman would be a great choice, but Portman says, Romney-Rubio has a better ring to it.”

The man who’d actually be making the pick has stayed largely silent. Which is why Politico’s David Mark tells WJLA, while speculation is fun, we really don’t know what’ll happen.

“We don't know what is in the people's backgrounds, until you really start investigating their financial history, some of the jobs they have had, so it could be somebody out of the glue that we are not even discussing right now.”
 

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