(Image source:  The Daily Beast)

 

BY MARIE FRENCH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


Mitt Romney hasn’t officially won the Republican nod in the presidential campaign — but speculation is already running rampant about who’ll join him on the GOP ticket.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is one oft he pundits’ favorites.

Along with New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Another name being thrown around — Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

And former VP nominee Sarah Palin suggests Florida Congressman Allen West.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is another favorite — despite saying she doesn’t want the gig.

And Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is on a many unofficial short lists.

On NBC’s Today show — Chuck Todd says he thinks Ryan will be at the top of the list.

Chuck Todd: “Comes from a swing state but doesn’t overshadow the nominee, sitting there for the Midwest, put the budget and deficit politics front and center. There’s a lot of positives that Paul Ryan would bring to Mitt Romney.”

But conservative pundit Ann Coulter tells Sean Hannity — Ryan won’t bring any new voters over to Team Romney. Coulter says she also opposes Marco Rubio for the number 2 spot.

COULTER: “I said, look, if you’re taking him just ‘cause he’s an Hispanic, any Hispanic who would vote for our ticket simply because there’s a Hispanic on the ticket is never voting for a Republican anyway.”

That said, it doesn’t look like Rubio is vying for the job.

According to the LA Times — he’s explicitly said he is not going to be vice president.

Another contender vowing to stay off the ticket — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs says — the best way to figure out what Romney would do is to look at market-based solutions. Who brings the most to the table?

According to Jacobs — that narrows it down to 5 people — Rubio, Christie, Ryan, Portman, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. But Jacobs adds...

“Romney, though, need not pick any of these five contenders as his running mate... Judging by past history, the GOP nominee could be someone totally out of the blue, just as Palin was four years ago and Dick Cheney and Jack Kemp were before that.”

In the end — the LA Times says it all comes down to the kind of person Romney wants in his corner.

“... whether he wants someone like Christie, willing to go on the attack, a candidate like West to shore up concerns over Romney's loyalty to conservative ideology or the likes of Ryan to provide the brass tacks basis for Romney's economic vision. And ... it's still not impossible for Rubio to change course and hop onto the ticket.”

Romney himself has yet to weigh in on the speculation — but he has joked he’d consider Santorum as his press secretary.
 

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Apr 7, 2012

Who Would be Romney's VP?

(Image source:  The Daily Beast)

 

BY MARIE FRENCH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


Mitt Romney hasn’t officially won the Republican nod in the presidential campaign — but speculation is already running rampant about who’ll join him on the GOP ticket.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is one oft he pundits’ favorites.

Along with New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Another name being thrown around — Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

And former VP nominee Sarah Palin suggests Florida Congressman Allen West.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is another favorite — despite saying she doesn’t want the gig.

And Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is on a many unofficial short lists.

On NBC’s Today show — Chuck Todd says he thinks Ryan will be at the top of the list.

Chuck Todd: “Comes from a swing state but doesn’t overshadow the nominee, sitting there for the Midwest, put the budget and deficit politics front and center. There’s a lot of positives that Paul Ryan would bring to Mitt Romney.”

But conservative pundit Ann Coulter tells Sean Hannity — Ryan won’t bring any new voters over to Team Romney. Coulter says she also opposes Marco Rubio for the number 2 spot.

COULTER: “I said, look, if you’re taking him just ‘cause he’s an Hispanic, any Hispanic who would vote for our ticket simply because there’s a Hispanic on the ticket is never voting for a Republican anyway.”

That said, it doesn’t look like Rubio is vying for the job.

According to the LA Times — he’s explicitly said he is not going to be vice president.

Another contender vowing to stay off the ticket — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs says — the best way to figure out what Romney would do is to look at market-based solutions. Who brings the most to the table?

According to Jacobs — that narrows it down to 5 people — Rubio, Christie, Ryan, Portman, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. But Jacobs adds...

“Romney, though, need not pick any of these five contenders as his running mate... Judging by past history, the GOP nominee could be someone totally out of the blue, just as Palin was four years ago and Dick Cheney and Jack Kemp were before that.”

In the end — the LA Times says it all comes down to the kind of person Romney wants in his corner.

“... whether he wants someone like Christie, willing to go on the attack, a candidate like West to shore up concerns over Romney's loyalty to conservative ideology or the likes of Ryan to provide the brass tacks basis for Romney's economic vision. And ... it's still not impossible for Rubio to change course and hop onto the ticket.”

Romney himself has yet to weigh in on the speculation — but he has joked he’d consider Santorum as his press secretary.
 

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