Allen West: I’d be the vice presidential nominee if it was the “right fit”

posted at 7:01 pm on April 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Florida Republican Rep. Allen West, who’s been cited by both Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley as a potentially “good” vice presidential nominee, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips he’d strongly consider the VP nod if he were offered it. The future is hard to predict, he noted, but he said he’d find it humbling to be considered qualified for such a high office and he prides himself on serving his country in whatever capacity he can (h/t Erika Johnsen):

The money line came when Kyra asked him if he likes Mitt Romney. “I’ve never been on a dinner date with him … so I don’t know if I would like him,” West says candidly.

As much as I like the Florida congressman whose outspoken opinions are almost always refreshingly right on, I can’t help but agree with him when he says he’s highly doubtful that Mitt Romney will ask him to be the vice presidential nominee.

Right now, the veepstakes suspense doesn’t center around whether West is really a contender: It centers around whether Mitt Romney can afford to not ask Marco Rubio, whether Romney would actually make the election about the Paul Ryan budget and whether Rob Portman’s as sure a thing as GOP strategists suggest.


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This from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Santorum to stay with Bella until Tuesday.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_790392.html

Philly on April 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM

….OH LOOK!…It’s lobotomy4life‘s pollster!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Well he has a point.

Romney will not win his home state. A disgrace of epic proportion for a presidential nominee to lose their home state

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Well he has a point.

Romney will not win his home state. A disgrace of epic proportion for a presidential nominee to lose their home state

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Yeah, just ask Al Gore…

ebrown2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Yeah, just ask Al Gore…

ebrown2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Last time I checked Al Gore lost the elections..

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, just ask Al Gore…

ebrown2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Last time I checked Al Gore lost the elections..

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Just like Mitt will.

Steveangell on April 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I love me some Allen West as well, he’s a patriot who stands up for what he believes in, and I hope he continues to be a voice for conservatives.

Now to completely contradict myself, I’m not sure what he brings to the ticket, other than what will seem like Republican’s pandering to a certain demo…

I really don’t mean that like it sounds…but it will play into the viscous lib attack that is surely coming, or has already arrived.

I guess this next election is just so freaking important to me that I don’t want to do anything that may screw it up.

Maybe that makes me a coward…

ccrosby on April 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

OkieDoc on April 7, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Good song!!!

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Wait until the convention, when names will actually be put into nomination. Romney isn’t inevitable, blue-blood republicans will present major challenge to tea party. Might even be some left-wing democrat plants to try and sway things courtesy of the Obama camp. Need a Reaganite and not some moderate or Ron Paul’s psychobabble to distract from the real issues.

Perhaps it’s time for Herman Cain again. And Allen West to really shake things up. Might be time to show not all black people are as radical left-wing as Barack Obama or Al Sharpton.

mike0993 on April 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Well he has a point.

Romney will not win his home state. A disgrace of epic proportion for a presidential nominee to lose their home state

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Yeah, just ask Al Gore…

ebrown2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Last time I checked Al Gore lost the elections..

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, just ask Al Gore…

ebrown2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Last time I checked Al Gore lost the elections..

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Just like Mitt will.

Steveangell on April 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

…smarter…and smarter…and smarter…and smarter!
…or is it that full moon?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Steveangell on April 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Did you get a psychic reading?

Rusty Allen on April 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Allen West and Paul Ryan are both good choices. I won’t comment on Rob Portman because I would being doing it out of ignorance. I know very little of him. All I know is that I want to be rid of Obama and as many progressives as possible.

jazzuscounty on April 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

And of course I’d vote for him. However, he is too much of a man for Romney to handle.

lonestar1 on April 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Too much of a George Zimmerman shouldn’t be walking around man for Romney.

Rusty Allen on April 7, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Too much of a George Zimmerman shouldn’t be walking around man for Romney.

Rusty Allen on April 7, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Who exactly are you calling a “George Zimmerman”?

And why would he be an adjective for you to use against anyone for that matter?

Can we not let law enforcement & the courts take care of this matter?

I’d lay money down right now, the only info you have is what you’ve heard in the media. You and I might be the same in that regard, only I have reserved judgement until I have the facts.

ccrosby on April 7, 2012 at 11:56 PM

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Yesss (in my deep voice), but –

“…your mind hasn’t gotten the message somehow…”

OkieDoc on April 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I am sorry teahadist, this man is a disgrace to all level headed black people and most importantly a big disgrace to this country.

He was not fit to serve in the military and definitely isn’t fit to serve as a U.S Congressman. I spit on him from the safety of my keyboard.

Uppereastside on April 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Fixed.

garnkikaloid on April 8, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Well he has a point.

Romney will not win his home state. A disgrace of epic proportion for a presidential nominee to lose their home state

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Last time I checked Al Gore lost the elections..

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

You write like an 11 year old child.

CW on April 8, 2012 at 12:18 AM

ccrosby on April 7, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Um, I have withheld judgment. Allen West is the one who said Zimmerman shouldn’t be walking around. He also said the kid was killed for no reason.

Rusty Allen on April 8, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Allen West will not be the VP nominee. Maybe SecDef under Romney. Now that would be nice, his being the boss of those pathetic generals who drove him from the army for putting American troops above muslim “sensitivities”.

VorDaj on April 8, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Um, I have withheld judgment. Allen West is the one who said Zimmerman shouldn’t be walking around. He also said the kid was killed for no reason.

Rusty Allen on April 8, 2012 at 12:24 AM

But then the kid, Obama’s adopted son, wasn’t trying to bash Allen West’s brains out on a sidewalk.

VorDaj on April 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM

So……no accomplishments in Congress?

Metal Head on April 8, 2012 at 1:37 AM

VorDaj on April 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Exactly.

Rusty Allen on April 8, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Allen West for president.

Urban Infidel on April 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Little side note to all the pundits out there: Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen, therefore he is ineligible to be VPOTUS or POTUS

soghornetgunner on April 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“As much as I like the Florida congressman whose outspoken opinions are almost always refreshingly right on, I can’t help but agree with him when he says he’s highly doubtful that Mitt Romney will ask him to be the vice presidential nominee.” – T.K.

It would take LtC West too long to educate the cowardly Mittens on the military.
I doubt that Rep. West has the patience for such a dolt.
Either way, Rep. West needs more experience and the GOP needs a MAN at the helm.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

soghornetgunner on April 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Actually, that’s up to your State’s representatives as to whom is certified to be on the ballot.
Tell them. And vote them out if they don’t match the will of the governed.

OkieDoc on April 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

John Derbyshire hardest hit.

lostmotherland on April 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Forget about this. It isn’t going to happen.

When you see the Palin crowd piling in on something you just know it is a bad decision anyway.

Moesart on April 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

If Republicans ruled the military suddenly many Privates would be promoted to General! Is that how the New Republican mind set works?

richardporter on April 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

“A good fit” for West would NOT be with Romney…because Romney is not fit to be a REPUBLICAN nominee (a Democrat nominee, maybe)!
Perry/West (Now THAT would be a good fit)!

Pragmatic on April 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

PERRY/WEST

America needs you now!

Romney/anybody….a sure-fire losing ticket!

Pragmatic on April 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Forget about this. It isn’t going to happen.

When you see the Palin crowd piling in on something you just know it is a bad decision anyway.

Moesart on April 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You likely wee your own cheerios.

tom daschle concerned on April 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I was touched by a lot of the comments.——–:)

canopfor on April 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

You were dearly missed…

lovingmyUSA on April 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

When you see the Palin crowd piling in on something you just know it is a bad decision anyway.

Moesart on April 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You likely wee your own cheerios.

tom daschle concerned on April 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

According to the latest, Pailn has a 68% favorability rating in the GOP and higher among conservatives. So, who is the “Palin crowd”? Conservatives? Republicans? Who makes the good decisions, again? Democrats? Liberals? Got it.

besser tot als rot on April 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Allen West would make for an incredible VP. We need someone with guts, intelligence and a proven track record of being a valiant warrior and defender of freedom.

In my views West should be on the top of the ticket. Frankly Romney’s pretty useless, but he’s still better than that jihadist-loving traitor Obama.

Especially now that the global war that Islam is waging against the free world, we need tough as nails leaders who will protect freedom. This is not a drill, we’re entering WW3 and muslims are the modern-day Nazis.

thinkagain on April 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

He’s my congressman. He has a bright future. I can’t see him partnering with a loser Rockefeller RINO.

Jayrae on April 9, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Allen West for president.

Urban Infidel on April 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Seconded

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 6:34 AM

I think liberal 4 life might be a paid troll and not just one person.

newportmike on April 9, 2012 at 8:11 AM

It would be outstandingly amusing if he was on the ticket. He’s a black, Christian, combat veteran and not shy. The Liberal establishment would probably have a total meltdown.

Maybe not the right choice politically, but culturally it would be a laugh riot.

CorporatePiggy on April 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Well, he has great qualifications, but he’d hardly be the right fit for Flip-Flopney.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I guess we’re gonna have to allow the same process for the VP selection as went on for the GOP presidential nominee –
where there will be blog posts, endorsements, hypothetical platitudes on how ‘great he’ll be’, etc. etc. –
for folks that have an absolutely zero chance of ever being considered.
Nice to know West would consider it.
I’d consider playing guitar in the E Street Band…if I felt it was a good fit.
Semper Bruce.

verbaluce on April 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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