Who Will Be Romney’s Vice President?

May 3, 2012

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President Obama has his reelection strategy underway.  His campaign slogan “Forward” has been unveiled.  Obama is currently leading Romney in the polls and the money is pouring in to his campaign fund.  The question that a lot of people are wondering though is who will be the running mates to Obama and Romney?

Will Obama Keep Biden?

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillar...

Is Hillary Clinton in line for a promotion?

Obama has experience with Biden and we all know exactly what Biden’s slip ups provide us; humor.  Really, of all the individuals that Obama could have chosen for his 2008 campaign, he has the horse’s ass of the Democratic Party.  Biden has more slip ups that someone with a severe case of Tourette’s Syndrome.  It makes me wonder if whoever did the vetting of Biden was awake or asleep.

Obama could choose Hillary Clinton who is a hard worker, has well established relations (no, not those type of relations) on Capitol Hill and is arguably much more of a “moderate” than Obama or Biden.  Clinton could help secure the female vote that has been alienated by Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney never working a day in her life.

Romney’s Options

Chris Christie at the 2011 Time 100 gala.


Romney has a few more suitors to consider for his running mate.  Chris Christie would win the hearts and minds of many with his true conservatism. He’s the current New Jersey governor and has not ruled out a run with Romney.

Romney and Santorum butted heads a lot in the primaries and there is little doubt that Romney is left with bruises and Santorum is likely still frustrated.  Santorum would bring the vote of evangelical Christian hard-core, traditional conservatives. The question is. “Can each of them get past the heated tiffs from the last 6 months?”


Official portrait of US Senator Marco Rubio of...


Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida is a high energy up and coming politician.  He is loved in his home state and would certainly help bring on board some of the Hispanic vote.  The tea party loves him and I believe he’d help bring back some of the hard core conservatives that don’t like a lot of Romney’s past.  His lack of experience though is a big deficit. (He’s more experienced that Obama was in 2008, but that isn’t saying much)

Condoleezza Rice is not a new name in politics and is has a great deal of experience with the White House.  Condoleezza was the Secretary of State under President George W Bush and probably has some negative feelings associated with her because some do not view the GW Bush years as favorable.  Condi though is a mainstream conservative with her head on straight.  She’d strengthen the female vote and certainly give some feelings of comfort to those of us that aren’t sure Romney is very conservative.  On top of all that, Condi is hot.

The Endgame Nears

Both candidates have plenty of short comings that they need their VP’s to help overcome.

Obama now has a 3 year record to run on and not much to show.  The recent politicizing of the Usama Bin Laden killing was the only major victory of his term and now that has led to harsh criticism.  Obama is a wealthy man, a lawyer and a member of the 1% that the OWS crowd protests.  He needs this same group to get him elected.

Romney has weaknesses as well.  He governed as more of a liberal than a conservative as the Massachusetts Governor.  His religion (Mormonism) has also upset many traditional conservatives.  He’s independently wealthy making him also a target of the 99% OWS group.  If wealth is evil, Romney is more evil than Obama when you compare his $240 Million to Obama’s $10 Million.  I’m sure Romney’s camp will use this as an advantage in dealing with America’s failed economy and recovery.

One thing is for certain. Obama stepped in it with the SEALs when he politicized their killing of Bin Laden.  I’m also wondering how the Right will use the dishonorable discharge of Marine Sergeant Gary Stein over his Facebook posting concerning Obama. In Sergeant Stein’s situation, there needs to be one more exception placed on the First Amendment for off duty military personnel on social media sites.  Obviously this is not considered protected speech and most certainly has been proven to have serious consequences.

We have some exciting campaigning and debates headed our way over the next few months.  Of course, we also have a lot of annoying phone calls and TV ads.  Hopefully after all that grief we have a conservative president with an intelligent and ready to lead vice president.




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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Someone or Another
    May 06, 2012 @ 13:26:47

    I’m not sure moving from secretary of state to VP is a promotion.


  2. kosmo
    May 06, 2012 @ 21:05:14

    I actually write all the image captions, so that was my comment rather than Squeaky’s. You raise a valid point … although the VP is always just one heartbeat away from becoming president.


  3. Squeaky
    May 06, 2012 @ 22:29:13

    Thank you for clarifying that Kosmo. When I read the previous comment I wasn’t sure what it was referring to. I guess I wasn’t paying attention to the captions that you added to the pix.

    I have to agree that while Sec of State and VP are of a similar level, I would think that the VP position would carry a little more clout being that person is next in line for the presidency. The Sec of State position is certainly a powerful position but they spend so much time dealing with other countries that they can/should go unnoticed most of the time.

    In the past Clinton has said she is happy in the position she’s in and that she had no desire to have the VP position. 3 years later, it will be interesting to see if she’s changed her mind.

    As a conservative, I hope that Obama keeps Biden on the ticket. He’s a great comic relief and will certainly help get Romney elected. Biden will also give some great ratings to the VP debates (assuming Obama would let him debate at all).

    Thanks for reading!


  4. kosmo
    May 07, 2012 @ 10:01:03

    Yeah, it’s somewhat like the “pen is mightier than the sword” adage. The VP position is more powerful due to the sheer potential, even though SOS appears to be more powerful at every turn.

    I’m actually suprised that this is the first comment on a caption, since I’m often a bit snarky with them 🙂


  5. Someone or Another
    May 10, 2012 @ 21:36:02

    Well, it was a snarky comment, so that fits.

    I wondered for a long time why Obama chose Biden for a VP. I now think the logic is this: Biden says something. People respond one of two ways: outrage or agreement. (Or yawning, but leave that one alone for now.) If people agree, for the most part, Obama says the same thing a week later, i.e. the gay marriage rights thing. If people are outraged, the White House apologizes for its loose canon. Seems to work.

    I’m not sure about any of your suggestions for Romney’s VP candidate. Christie hasn’t been terribly successful as a governor, isn’t popular enough to pull NJ away from Obama, and, let’s face it, isn’t terribly photogenic. Rubio who? Santorum…pulled out just before the PA primary for a reason: he’d be an active detriment in his home state. Rice isn’t a bad choice, but I’m not sure she’s ever been elected to anything, which might be a detriment in a campaign. (Think about Colin Powell’s response to criticism when he was considering becoming a candidate a few years ago.)

    It’ll be interesting. As in may you live in…


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