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(CNN) - Remember all the negative attacks that Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum leveled against Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries?
Many of those attacks were very nasty indeed.
It’s probably why we really haven’t seen those candidates aggressively campaigning for Romney since suspending their campaigns. The nerves are still raw.
And it’s probably also one reason why none of those candidates is likely to be on Romney’s short list for vice president.
My own sense is that the Republican candidate is looking for someone with whom he really feels comfortable – someone he genuinely trusts. I don’t think that’s the case for any of the earlier GOP candidates with one possible exception: former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is now a national co-chairman of the Romney campaign.
Pawlenty was first runner-up four years ago when then-Republican candidate John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate. Pawlenty had been thoroughly vetted and really wanted to be on the ticket, but McCain went with the Alaska governor instead.
By the way, I suspect all those brutal attacks against Romney by the Republican presidential candidates will be child’s play compared with what we are going to hear from the Democrats in the coming months.
The Republicans, for their part, are gearing up for some tough and nasty campaigning of their own against President Barack Obama. They are going to portray him as an economic disaster – someone who will simply make matters even worse if re-elected. Romney has been hammering the president’s economic policy on the trail this week, and it will only get more intense as the election nears.
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Megathighs Whitman would make a great Romney VP. She's got all of the qualification. She ran for governor of California promising jobs creation, then took over at HP and announced 27,000 layoffs. Poor HP! First Charly Farina, now Megathighs. HP employees have got to be the unlikiest employees in the world.
I would like to see him take a page from McCain's playbook and at least look at a cross party ticket. Had McCain tapped Lieberman like he wanted to, the 2008 election would have been a much different race. It would take a brass pair to pull it off, but it would be a game changer for sure. I have every intention of voting for Gary Johnson, but a split ticket would make me consider Romney. Short of that, or Obama coming out and saying his entire first term was a mistake and outlining a completely different platform, I'm afraid both mainstream parties are horribly out of touch and not worth voting for.
It's not going to matter who he wants, he's not going to win the nomination anyway – he can't beat Obama. That's why we need Ron Paul! Talk about beating the purity test, he's the only straight-shooter there is, and Obama won't find much in Dr. Paul's closet besides a little dust.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Romney will almost certainly get the nomination. I like Ron Paul, and would love to see him on the GOP ticket, but that's just not going to happen. He's going to the convention, and he has and will continue to influence the future of the party, but he will NOT be the nominee. I would expect that even he has accepted that already. His goal at this point seems to be a key speaking spot at the convention and some influence in shaping the platform. Gary Johnson, on the other hand, has secured the Libertarian Party nomination, and will be on the ballot in all 50 states. I hope that you'll at least consider him. He has a solid record, and a true belief in the same principles Dr.Paul has been advocating for the past few decades. I can't think of a better candidate to carry the banner (short of Ron Paul himself).
Romney/Huntsman would be a dream team, but ONLY a dream. Two wealthy Mormons on the same ticket? No way, says the "less government influence of your personal discretion" GOP.
should read be who,s going to get stuck with romney
Nuster, where did you get all that about what Mitt romney will do. I haven't heard anything about what he will do except whatever the opposite of President Obama. It's all about lying and tearing down the president. And anyone that thinks with Mitt this country will prosper and they will become rich, must already be rich so no worries.
No matter who he picks. The horrible display of bigotry and pro-discrimination by the Republican party candidates during the primary will come back to haunt Romney. He will also find himself having to defend Gov. Walker repealing equal pay in Wisconsin and defending the Ultrasound Gov Bob McDonnell. Romney will have to defend the GOP war on everybody and defend Congressional Republicans obstructionist policies that slowed the economy’s recovery.
Nobody cares. Mitt McCain is toast.
I would love to see Romney pick Condolezza Rice, but I doubt she would accept. She doesn't seem interested in politics anymore but she sure would be a great VP and if need be, President.
Play Romney Against Obama In The Publics Eye Using There Controlled Media And The People Will Choose. Both Are Suitable To Meet The Needs Of The True People In Power. They Cant Loose. There Is A Risk With Change So Now They Will Start Bashing Romney A Little. Obama Is Doing A Fine Job Taking America Into The NWO. That Is Why They Do Not Show Ron Pauls 8000+ Rallys . Ron Paul Is For You, Not Big Government To Control You And Take Your Rights.
pick Ron Paul please.
"They are going to portray him as an economic disaster – someone who will simply make matters even worse if re-elected."
And they don't even have to lie–they don't even have to exaggerate–with that statement!
Paul Ryan will be Romney's choice. Not a good choice, but Romney's choice. It will be a two-man hatchet team.
It doesn't matter who Romney picks, President Obama has it in the bag. All he has to win is PA,Co,Nv,NH,NM and he wins. I am a conserative Democrat for a reason, I hold family values, but we should stop telling other people what to do. Gay marriage is not a state nor Fed issue. If they want to do it fine, leave them alone and let them live their life. That is a civil right issue. God bless you all. I am refracing that, They are people just like you and me.
General Petraus would be a great pick
Lindsey Graham would be an excellent pick IF he would go along with it. I doubt that he would. That would surely
cement Republican backing. I don't think John Boehner would do him any good and I doubt if he would accept.
It is funny, but I can't think of anyone that would run and help him also!!! Maybe Pawlenty, since he's been "around
the barn a couple of times."
Lindsey Graham is not liked by the Republican party because he worked with Democrats. He is a no no.
I have also wondered to myself if Lindsey Graham would accept an invitation to run with Romney. The only knock against him is that he is single, as if that is a problem. He has stated publicly in response to a reporters question that he is not gay. So Lindsey is single, and has a dream job, and he has lot of power in the Senate. Sounds like a blast to me, so why would he torture himself by getting sucked into the Presidential race as the VP pick. If Lindsey Graham wants to be President in 2016 he has to accept the bid. He needs more name recognition and more time in front of a national audience. I don't personally agree with Graham on all the issues, but I think he is the man because he is the man. Everything about him says he is going to be President someday. Doesn't mean he will be, but I think he would be very comfortable in the White House, like he belonged there. That assumes of course that he and Romney lose a close one to Obama this coming election. Doug.
Mitt is going to pick the person who gives him the best chance to be voted in as President. I think it's way too early to speculate who his running mate is going to be.
Romney's economic policy was already tried and failed under GWB. Romney didn't have to deal with the likes of the TP while at Bain and if fact never had to deal with any meaningful opposition. Running a business is NOTHING like running a country and only fools think otherwise.
You have to be a poor jealous person, Obama bankrupt USA.
And the sad part is you actually beleive that.
And being a community organiser is nothing like running a country either.
People should ask why the economic turndown has been so long and devastating this time. It's gov't policies which drive business. Business drives jobs. There's your clue.
I have no problem if you criticize Bush for deficits and debt. However, I do have a problem with you ignoring Obama's debt and deficits, and then saying Romney will do the same. I don't buy it for a minute.
All you have to do is look at his record in Mass to see the blueprint he has for America. Tax cuts for himself and his rich buddies, cuts to education, cuts to higher education, raised fees on everything from hunting licenses to application fees, cuts to job training, cuts to benefits for the poor... all so his state could be 47th in job creation with a terrible .9% growth. If this is what the GOP thinks will save our country I am truly frightened at the possibility of them controlling ANY part of govt.
I'm not sure there is a human alive that can pass the current purity test of The Republican Party. Even Ronald Reagan couldn't pass the test. Reagan after all committed two deadly sins. He compromised! with the evil Democrats and he raised taxes.
It's about time someone said it. For as much as modern republicans worship Reagan, he was by today's standards an extremely moderate conservative; Reagan would be outcast from the party were he to run today. In a matter of 20 years, the good ol GOP has shifted dramatically to the right. It's a shame, though, because America really needs someone to voice austerity in the DOC. I find republicans now are incapable.
I don't know if there is anyone Mitt can choose. After all, the VP nominee will have to pass the current purity test of The Republican Party. Even Ronald Reagan would be considered a socialist by today's Party standard.
Does it really matter?? He ain't gonna win anyhow, unless votes are tampered with, but, that has happened before...and we all know what happened..................
Look at the stats people are giving up education and blaming everything on others and want a nanny state for free bees ... this is what is happening in Greece.
America is the next Greece...
Forget all the people from the Primaries, they lost for a reason.
Rice has a good head on her shoulders and knows policy.
She is a pro-choice black lady. Don't think that would work.
Rice carries the burden of WMD lie and the war with Iraq that resulted in the death of 1000 US soldiers, deaths of 100000 civilians and trillions of dollars in war efforts. Also, there is a rumor that she is a les-- and conservatives won't go for it.
Absolutely! Romney/Rice 2012! Mitt is an outstanding man and will make an outstanding president. I hope he chooses Condi Rice to run as his VP.
I like Romney and Rice! Also like Ms. Martinex from Ms.Martinez from NM, as for guys Pawlenty and Poortman dont overshow Romney so they would work as well.
Wolf, where is the insight? You don't have to tell me all these.
Real simple: even alexithymic Mitt's own party never liked or ever trusted him.
I didn't like him or trust him until I got passed the biased and Obama pre-campaign sources. The more I genuinely studied up on him, the more I realized what an awesome president he'd be.
I'm glad that we don't have to vote for the lesser of two evils like we did in 2008, we actually have one of the best candidates of our lifetime running for President at a time when we need his ability and character. I'm voting for Mitt Romney for president in November.
Obama diden lose these jobs they were being lost b4 he b came presdent. also every thing he tried to do got knocked down. wat do he have the power 2 do.
Romney might pick the leader of the mormon cult.
Sarah Palin wont make the cut this time around. I think , in order to salvage the evangelical vote, Mike Huckabee would be a wise choice.
Why don't we hear more about Romney saving the Salt Lake Olympics. He did with the Olympics, the same thing he did with failing companies and he had to rid the games first of the bribery and scandal before really getting to work. The same thing needs to happen within the Federal Government. Romney/Rubio 2012...
Does it really matter who Romney picks? Anyone with half an ounce of sense isn't going to vote for someone who thinks that corporations are people and who built his fortune on the backs of less fortunate men and women. Obama hasn't necessarily done a stellar job as president but we all know that a GOP-led House thwarted every attempt he made to help the economy. Another Republican in the White House would only worsen the situation. I'd rather take my chances with Obama.
Romney will pick Rubio from Florida. Rubio is a flip flopper on religion like Romney is a flip flopper on everything else. Rubio was Catholic, then Mormon, the Baptist, and now he is Catholic again. I hear he attends various churches.
If he is smart it will be Ron Paul but he will probably ask Santorum. The GOP has to start mending fences sooner or later.
If Pawlenty had been the VP choice last time, we'd now be complaining about how bad the McCain presidency has been for the economy.
I hope Mr. Romney picks someone who could be President if the need arose. I also pray he and his running mate are not elected. I think he would worsen the deficit and plunge us into a depression.
Mitt Romney and Manuel Noriega. Get the military vote since Romney is clueless about foreign policy and for that matter clueless about everything.
We don't need a bankrupt and overspending Obama USA, we need common sense government that can bring prosperity and richness as was in the past.
Which very rarely occurred under Republican administrations.
well then, vote for a candidate that's not from the 2 main parties.
News flash for you Boot. Obama was not even qualified to make a sandwich when he got elected. Running a country is exactly like running a business and Romney unlike Obama has MORE EXPERIENCE than Obama will ever have in this lifetime.
Like 2008 GOP nominee has to pick game changer
Throughout the Republican primary debates, I watched as these candidates ripped each other apart by exposing each others lies and questionable activities. I saw numerous political ads that were found by the media to be purposely misleading to the American people. Now, I am by NO MEANS a democrat or republican. Why? Beacuse both parties do the SAME EXACT thing..... and then go tattle to the American people as though the other party is wrong. WHY in the WORLD would the American people vote for candidates like that? Why would we vote for ANY of them? If the American people would stop approaching politics like fantasy football and simply DEMAND a better candidate, Both parties would have to clean up thier act, or face extinction. The burden is ultimately on the PEOPLE- we have ALLOWED our politicians to act this way. The population has become so apathetic that they vote based on habit and party- NOT based on content of character, and it is destroying our nation from the inside out. All the Republican candidates fought Romney TOOTH and NAIL.....now they are simply going to turn around and campaign for him? Just because he's in the same party? If thier convictions were as strong as they suggested, they wouldn't be able to do that. Some of thier respective ideals are completely incompatible. The way I see it, they are all compromising thier beliefs due to little more than PEER PRESSURE. That is NOT a quality that we should allow in our commander and chief.
Commander IN Chief- appologies.
Bob McDonnell for VP !
In all the GOP primaries and now in drive towards the general election, all GOP candidates are adverstising that they are conservative more than the other guy. Here in Texas, candidates for U.S. Senate are tripping over one another claiming that he is more conservative that the opponents, but not one of them has said what they will do to move the country forward. All of them are attacking Obama for not fixing the problems, but they do not give "credit" to the Bush and Chaney team for creating this "haboob" mess. Obama has done plenty cleaning up the mess, but it is so huge that it cannot be fixed overnight.
'They are going to portray him as an economic disaster – someone who will simply make matters even worse if re-elected"
What will help this attack line is that it is the honest truth, Obama has been a disaster as President...
Yes, the media cannot be trusted. They bash Romney for a dog in a cage on the roof (but forget Obama ate dog growing up). They say Romney was a bully (and yet ignore the fact that Obama also bullied a girl in school). They say Romney is not qualified to be President (but they ignore that Obama has never had a real job). They say Romney flip flops (but they ignore the 5 different views Obama has had on gay marriage).
I've been weighing the pros and cons if Romney struck a VP deal for Ron Paul. It would bring all of Paul's supporters on board, but might alienate the independent vote.
I only hope Romney will NOT pick Sara Palin. After all who would want a vice president that answered the question on how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas with: "But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies.”
Is there any possibility that candidates for president and Vice President must first pass an IQ and MMPI test?
She should have used a teleprompter huh? At least he knows he isn'T CAPABLE to answer from 'the hip'......He kept one promise' no not the one about unemployment staying below 8%. The one about change cause it has gotten worse FOR SURE!!!!!!!
Promises made and kept by President Obama: 1. that he would sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act; 2. that he would restore stem cell research funding; 3. that he would end our war in Iraq 4. that he would begin to phase out our war in Afghanistan; 5. that he would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of a prior health condition; 5. that he would expand the number of Americans covered by health insurance; 6. that he would take the war directly to Al Qaida and would act on intelligence to kill Osama Ben laden; 7. that he would fill Supreme Court vacancies with nominees who are pro-choice; that he would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
I wish that were the case. I wonder how Obama and Biden would fair... Think of all the goofs they have said...
He won't ~ I believe there is some bad blood between them. That said, you should be concerned if Mike Huckabee ends up on the ticket.
I hope he DOES pick Palin. It would guarantee a win for Obama.
Is there any possibility that candidates for president and Vice President must first pass an IQ and MMPI test?
kind of like "we must pas the bill to see whats in it......"..eh?
At least she was smart enough to make her point WITHOUT HAVING TO REPEAT HERSELF!
Obama has already started his attacks and they are laughable. Sure, there are the uneducated and simpletons that will accept the attacks on Bain–a company that bails out and restructures failing companies–but, it also preserves jobs (saves) has created many thousand US jobs.
Obama tries to slam that many of these companies have employees overseas.... but forgets that he touts the success of GM (most of the workforce is overseas) and GE (half the employees are overseas).
Romney/Rice in 2012.
As much as you want to believe it, Romney will not be any better. Tax cuts and deregulation only make the rich richer and the air dirtier.
Talk about uneducated simpleton. Looked in a mirror lately. If you really think Bain was a creator of jobs. I got a bridge to sell you.
According to all credible surveys, the majority of college graduates voted for President Obama in 2008. According to all credible polls, that will be repeated in 2012. According to conservative columnist George Will, the GOP base is made up of older and less educated voters. So much for the theory that Obama's support comes from the uneducated and the simpletons.
Joe Biden. Sarah Palin with plugs.
romney keeps proclaiming 100,000 jobs are these the minimum wage jobs at staples and dominos wow this is ridiculous, wolf you shud know better Romney outsouced all manufacturing and made millions at the corporate level.
No one can support a family on a staples job . Get your sidekick mouth on the investigation shud be easy to find out what romney is talking about . do not forget all the fulltime job losse at office depot , grand and toy defunct canadian companies
Someone from Bain I am hoping... Bain will be the dark night's nemesis. Biden really should calm down before he has a heart attack. Under Bain, Romney may have caused the loss of 250 jobs but under obama, the country has lost 4 million. Now maybe those who enjoy being unemployed will still vote and support their boy and lash our at those who state facts, but after a full four years all you can come seem to come up with is personal attacks. Lets see, 250...4 million... I do not support legalizing pot, so I can still see the difference between those two numbers...
I do love the selective amnesia we see from the Right. It's quite entertaining.
Romney will get unemployement back down to 4% and produce a balanced budget along with beginning to pay down the national debt. He will abolish abortion and loosen gun regulations. He will reduce taxes for all and drastically lower the numberof people on food stamps and welfare. He will repeal Obamacare which will protect our healthcare system. And he will neutralize the threat that is Iran & North Korea. The other Republican candidates were going to price gasoline in the $2.00 to $2.50 range, so he will come close to that. The stock market will no longer be affected by Greece, Spain, France and the other struggling economies. The borders will be sealed and the illegals already in country will be deported. He will stregthen marriage and family values. I hope he does away with no-fault divorce and prosecutes adultery as part of this. This is why he gets my vote.
How is he going to do that? While he was governor he was 47th in job creation and had .9% growth. There is no way his policies could get us to 4% unemployment with that kind of record.
The problem with your argument is that it wouldn't matter who was president. Those jobs still would have been lost and if Romney had his way it would have been much higher considering he wanted GM to belly up. Least we not forget who was at the helm when those jobs started being lost.
Romney did not want to waste tax payer dollars. Obama, on the other hand, bailed out Solyndra and GM. What was the result? They still went bankrupt and people lost jobs – all on our dime!
Everyone mentioned as a possible VP is running from it, not wanting to taint their 2016 chances Last time Palin was the liability now it's the top candidate himself. At this point Mitt will need a hologram of himself , Mitt and not Mitt.
Whoever has a brain and ethic
Ronmey will pick South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to be his running mate.
Mitt has alot of problem w/ his own "compadres". The President campaign don't have to do much to him, JUST ROLL THE TAPES of GOP primaries. It will be fun
for sure! don't say I miss that circus, and it was a circus...
Mitt ROMNEY AND House Speaker John Boehner,
that would be very scary
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