Reuters: Romney could name VP as early as next week

posted at 9:32 pm on July 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Emphasis on “could.” They have no inside information that he will, but the circumstances of this campaign are such that it might make sense to do it sooner rather than later.

As they work from a short list of leading Republicans, Romney and his advisers say they are weighing whether he should announce his choice some weeks earlier than the traditional time of around the Republican National Convention, which is to be held in Tampa in late August.

The reasoning, advisers say, is that two candidates would be able to raise more money and engage Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in battle with polls showing Americans closely divided on whether to pick the Republican challenger or Democratic incumbent in the November 6 election…

Romney is to attend the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London in two weeks in a trip that will also take him to Jerusalem. Should he choose to name his choice early, then he would have next week as an option for a proper rollout, or he could wait until he returns from abroad and announce his pick in early August.

It makes sense to wait and do it right before the convention if you’re leaning towards a charismatic VP whose effect on the ticket will be seen as something of a gamechanger. Christie would be worth waiting for, as would Ryan or Rubio. The announcement would make a splash and those shockwaves would carry over to the convention to make it more of an event. If you’re leaning towards Portman or Pawlenty, though, as Romney almost certainly is, then why wait? Name them now, enjoy a few days of nice buzz during the summer doldrums, and then send them out on the trail to raise money. These campaigns are waging the fundraising equivalent of nuclear war; no sense holding any missiles back if you’re not going to get a dramatic media payoff by waiting until August. And if Romney is thinking of naming someone early, why not name them next week rather than wait until he gets back from vacation? That’s a few weeks wasted where the VP nominee could have held down the fort while Mitt’s abroad. If you’re going to wait until early August, you might as well wait until late August and the convention.

The one wrinkle in all of that: With someone like Ryan, who’ll be attacked viciously by Democrats for his budget if he lands on the ticket, there’s an argument either way as to timing. Would you rather have the Dems pile on now, in hopes that people’s memories will be short and the Mediscaring will fade in their minds by November, or would you rather wait to name Ryan and deny Democrats a target for as long as possible? Ah well: Probably doesn’t matter. From the looks of this ABC article, Portman’s probably a likelier pick.

Exit question: Shouldn’t Mitt think about balancing his stiff persona with a jolt of magic and whimsy? There’s a candidate out there who could provide it, you know.


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Don’t see Romney naming his VP pick at least until after the Olympics.

bayview on July 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM

First of second.

bayview on July 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

You wouldn’t have enough ammo to get Christie off your lawn. =P

Stoic Patriot on July 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

You have no idea what’s inside these walls and how they can be used. But Chris Christie, as much as he pisses me off about his 2nd Amendment issues, could always join in for a drink or a beer at my spread. Hell, I’d even put on some Springsteen while we drank. And, who knows, I might get him gun-learned.

TXUS on July 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

ALLEN WEST!

Distinguished, charismatic, well-spoken, well-educated, 22-year military, not afraid to speak the truth, and capable of assuming the Presidency if needed.

Exactly what Romney needs to appeal to conservatives, veterans, southerners—and even ‘minorities’.

ALLEN WEST!

MrLynn on July 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

The Caucus in the NY Times desrcribes pretty close polls.

hawkdriver on July 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

In the end Romney, as every candidate usually does and always should do, will pick someone who not only fits what he is looking for but is someone he can see himself working with for the next 4 years.

The most likely picks are Pawlenty and Portman. The surprise pick would be Jindal. All three would be solid picks, but as a grassroots conservative I would absolutely prefer Jindal of the three.

All of three of those men have personalities which would be perfectly compatible with Romney. Jindal may be a surprise pick, and a tea party rockstar, but he is also a no nonsense results oriented Governor not known to be flashy or particularly charismatic.

So those are my three guesses out of the names that have been floated about. Pawlenty and Portman seem like carbon copies, except Portman could help deliver Ohio while Pawlenty brings executive experience to the table, and Jindal would enthuse the base and make headlines while remaining as uncontroversial as Portman or Pawlenty.

Daemonocracy on July 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Exit question: Shouldn’t Mitt think about balancing his stiff persona with a jolt of magic and whimsy?

Yep. I’m sorry but Portman and Pawlenty would just enhance the snoozefest.

terryannonline on July 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Go Rubio!!!

For the next four years I’ll remind people my initials are actually MR too. So we’ll be doind things my way, OK?

Buck Turgidson on July 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Ahem, doing.

Dang! Ruined the joke.

It’s OK. I’m not sworn in yet.

Buck Turgidson on July 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

I suggested long ago the nominee should announced the cabinet.
After all it’s a team effort. Name the secretaries.
I humbly suggest
Lynn Cheney
Perry
Sununu
Christie
Walker
Hmmmmmmm

seesalrun2 on July 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Polls?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

You mean like that Crapola poll of Registered voters with that big Dem sampling advantage that got spread around that showed a “dead heat”?

Polls mean nothing at this point.

Ask President Dukakis, President Mondale or President Perot.

PappyD61 on July 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Liberal meme on whoever he picks:

“candidate mitt Romney announced xxxxxxxxxxx would be his running mate for the 2012 election. Some say his choice has little executive experience and is unqualified to be one step from the oval office if Romney were elected this November. “. President Obama said “experience matters”, and Romney has placed politics ahead of our country’s security and well being.”

“back to you, Andrea”

BacaDog on July 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Portman?
C’mon…win the election. We can’t afford to lose.
God.. Republicans are such pussies.

Fartnokker on July 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Sorry, no ‘grassroots conservative’ in their right mind believes Portman or Pawlenty are solid picks.
Somebody remind me again how a three year OMB bureaucrat for big spending Bush -who also happened to be was a totally forgettable congressman, is abundantly qualified to be President?
Gee, I can think of, oh…..at least 200 more qualified people who would actually bring something to the ticket. Even Haley Barber would be better.
Jindal is the only one who checks every box and runs rings around Portman and Pawlenty. If only he had supported Mitt. Heaven forbid Mitt do what’s right for the country and put petty grievances aside.

AmeriCuda on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Mitt has to give us someone to vote for. A person we can get enthusiastic about by at least pretending they are at the top of the ticket. I still don’t believe Obama fatigue alone will put Romney over the top. He has to stir up some passion and the only way he can do that is with his VP pick.

AmeriCuda on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

I wish he would pick Sarah, but he won’t. Even if he did, she would probably tell to go piss up a rope and suck the end.

Mirimichi on July 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM

My short list:
Jindal
Walker (though it seems a shame for WI to part with such a great Governor)
West
Rand Paul (Ron has kind of set him up for it)

nobar on July 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Jindal makes the most sense if the race is tight or Obama still up in August, if Romney is ahead, the more likely his pick will be Portman or McDonnell. Given the nature of the economy, I wouldn’t rule out a former politician who has returned to the private sector (and hopefully not a Bush).

That’s the rub isn’t it?
1. he has to win (better than even odds)
2. we have to hold onto the house (very high probability)
3. we have to take the senate (odds favor pubs)
4. house and senate have repeal (even odds)
5. Romney signs it (To sign or not to sign that is the question)

chemman on July 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

All that makes sense. Which points out the fact the picking a current member of Congress (but especially a Senator!) could jeopardize a repeal of Obamacare. That would mean West is out, and so is Portman. Romney will pick a current or retired Governor, a retired member of Congress, a military person, or a high profile business executive – retired or not.

I wish he would pick Sarah, but he won’t. Even if he did, she would probably tell to go piss up a rope and suck the end.

Mirimichi on July 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I think she would do the patriotic thing and say yes. She knows the stakes for America.

Jurisprudence on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I had an interesting thought:

Texas has runoffs coming the end of July. Folks wanting a Southern governor? Y’all–there’s one who has already been through the media grinder, had Democrats/media selling their souls and their grandmothers into slavery in ultimately futile attempts to run down rumors. Folks already know him, the media can’t pull the Palin trick of making shiz up without someone going, “Hey, if this is true, why didn’t it come out in the primary?”

I’m just sayin’

Sekhmet on July 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I think she would do the patriotic thing and say yes. She knows the stakes for America.

Jurisprudence on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Yes, this is true.

Mirimichi on July 11, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Well you can’t say that Sarah isn’t the most vetted possible choice out there. There is nothing left to throw at her at this point.

karenhasfreedom on July 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Paul ryan

I like Jindal. – he’s our governer
Brilliant, but too analytical

Great cabinet appointment

audiotom on July 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Paul ryan

I like Jindal. – he’s our governer
Brilliant, but too analytical

Great cabinet appointment

audiotom on July 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

That’s my fear, Jindal would be wasted on a Cabinet appointment, he’d be better to keep his powder dry, complete his terms as Governor, then run, either in 2016 or 2020, depending upon if Romney wins or not this cycle.

And as for Congressman Paul Ryan, he’s just too important to pull him out of the House. There’s a reason the only Representative in the last half century (if not longer) went on to the Presidency without more than one stepping stone in the Process. That person was Gerald Ford – Nixon knew he was picking the next POTUS when he selected the Michigan Representative.

If Romney is picking a current member of Congress, which I think is a BIG IF, that person will be selected from a “safe” state or congressional district. Jim DeMint and John Thune fit this model.

Jurisprudence on July 11, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Yeah, I’d say he had better wait awhile…He probably won’t do that right either.

shar61 on July 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM

Portman gets ohio.

rickyricardo on July 11, 2012 at 5:50 AM

If he’s naming a VP next week I think that points to Ryan. The Olympics effectly undermines Mediscare and naming him early allows the campaign to show how demagogic Obama is. It alo answers the chief criticism of Romney, that he has no alternative.

Ryan fires up the base and the donors. I’ve worked on four different campaigns in Texas and Michigan, every single young coservative or moderate loves Ryan. People inherently now something is wrong and change is needed. Thats why Obama won in the first place and why Palin was so wildly popular.

Its nonsense to say we need him where he is. He can do the same thing as VP more or less and has a bigger bully pulpit.

cpaulus on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 AM

I think it’s too early and will just reinvigorate Turdboy’s attack machine. Won’t affect my vote unless it’s some godforsaken squishy turd like Graham. I’ve got to believe Mitt is too savvy for that. Lord, I hope he is.

swinia sutki on July 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

If he’s naming a VP next week I think that points to Ryan. The Olympics effectly undermines Mediscare and naming him early allows the campaign to show how demagogic Obama is. It alo answers the chief criticism of Romney, that he has no alternative.

Ryan fires up the base and the donors. I’ve worked on four different campaigns in Texas and Michigan, every single young coservative or moderate loves Ryan. People inherently now something is wrong and change is needed. Thats why Obama won in the first place and why Palin was so wildly popular.

Its nonsense to say we need him where he is. He can do the same thing as VP more or less and has a bigger bully pulpit.

cpaulus on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Ryan is my choice as well.

He already has the framework of the budget tight enough to move forward.
That can be one of his chief directives moving forward as VP

don’t announce the VP till a week before the convention
Obama doesn’t need anyone to take up target practice on this early

he’s going to try the ‘cold detached – wants to steal your benes away’ mime, don’t let him snowball it downhill this early, especially since you won’t pull out the heavy artillery till later

audiotom on July 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The most likely picks are Pawlenty and Portman. The surprise pick would be Jindal. All three would be solid picks, but as a grassroots conservative I would absolutely prefer Jindal of the three.

All of three of those men have personalities which would be perfectly compatible with Romney. Jindal may be a surprise pick, and a tea party rockstar, but he is also a no nonsense results oriented Governor not known to be flashy or particularly charismatic.

Daemonocracy on July 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I’m with you–Jindal would be a great pick. IMHO, Pawlenty wouldn’t add much, while Portman could give Romney an edge in Ohio.

But I don’t see the logic in picking a VP before Romney’s travels abroad, unless the VP candidate stays in the US to campaign for Romney while Romney is outside the country.

Steve Z on July 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Sekhmet on July 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

y’all better leave my governor ALONE! We need him here!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I wish he would pick Sarah, but he won’t. Even if he did, she would probably tell to go piss up a rope and suck the end.

Mirimichi on July 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I think she would do the patriotic thing and say yes. She knows the stakes for America.

Jurisprudence on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

No more Palin please.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

You heard it here first, It is John Thune.

Fleuries on July 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I like West, in part because it would be good to have someone with military experience on the ticket.

But a real surprise, one that would please many conservatives, would be to offer the VP slot to Rick Santorum.

MrLynn on July 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Jindal is the only pick that makes sense.

Jindal adds excitement for the base and makes the ticket multiethnic. The other two guys add nothing. They’re boring and they have little effect on their states.

TallDave on July 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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