Romney Would be Strong Pick for VP

Those of you who who started off as readers of the ACT Blog probably are not surprised to see a pro-Romney post with my name it, but a McCain/Romney ticket has now drawn the support of Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, and others, and that makes it more than just the dream of overly optimistic “Rombots” – it makes it a real possibility that deserves a closer look.

Like any ticket, this match-up has its naysayers: those who argue that McCain and Romney dislike each other, that McCain wants to reward a loyal supporter, or that Romney has better opportunities available to him. But when you set aside what happened in the primaries, you begin to realize just how strong of a ticket it would be – on virtually all fronts.

Often, when it comes time to choose a Vice President, a party’s nominee will take one of two approaches: either opting for party unity, by choosing another primary contender, usually the first runner-up (see Kerry/Edwards and Reagan/Bush), or for a “balanced” ticket, either regionally, ideologically, or in the areas of experience or knowledge on a particular set of issues (see Kennedy/Johnson). One of the advantages of having Romney as the VP is that he would fulfill all of those roles. Not only did he receive the second highest number of delegates, be he would be able to compliment McCain in a way that few, if any, other potential running mates can. A McCain/Romney ticket would pair an older, more moderate, Washington insider who is strong on defense issues with a younger, more conservative, Washington outsider who is strong on immigration, the economy, and social issues. Romney also comes with other advantages. While McCain won many states, in general, he either won states that the Republicans will definitely win, or states that they will definitely lose. The only swing state that he won against any real competition was Florida. Romney, on the other hand, did well in the two regions of the country that will decide the election: the West, and the Midwest. Four of Romney’s victories came in the key swing states of Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota, and Colorado. Also, Romney has the advantage of already having been vetted in a national contest, as well as solid Internet and financial support – both of which could be key to a McCain victory in the general election.

I’m going to stop short of an endorsement, but it is very clear to me that McCain/Romney is one of, if not the strongest ticket that the GOP could put together.



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6 responses to “Romney Would be Strong Pick for VP

  1. majorfactor

    Romney for VP – What a coincidence ….

    I just sent off a response to a John McCain email requesting financial and moral support for his bid for the Presidency.

    My response was that my support and a monthly check would be in the mail when I saw a McCain/Romney ticket for the White House.

    On a humorist note….
    For McCain to get my support a couple of quotes from The Godfather come to mind 🙂

    Make me an offer I can’t refuse…

    From the hearts of most Conservatives who are ready to take this election to the mattress – this would be directed to the Republican Party:

    What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.

    But seriously…
    If I decide to once again settle, I could settle for McCain/Romney.There is a future in that combination.

  2. crittersparents

    I doubt that he will pick Romney or Fred for V.P either of which I would love to see running shotgun with him on the ticket i believe he will pick someone with a more moderate base like Newt maybe?

  3. Two points:

    1) I don’t believe that McCain can afford to pick a moderate. While the feud between McCain and Conservatives has cooled, he still has to get them to turn out in big numbers – something that they won’t do it they see two moderates on the ticket.

    2) If he was looking for a moderate, Newt probably would not be the guy.

  4. crittersparents

    There seems to be a lot of talk about Governor Tim Pawlenty as a possibility. He’s against raising taxes & Illegal Immigration. looks to be a good choice for us Conservative voters on most issues. Here’s a few links for more info. on him. Check them out for yourself & let me know what you think….

  5. Pawlenty would be a so-so pick. He is Conservative, though he has tree-hugger tendencies that aren’t going to do the ticket any favors with Economic conservatives (anti-coal bills aren’t particularly popular in WV). He also lacks the economic experience that I think McCain needs on the ticket – and I don’t think he adds as much electorally as Romney does.

  6. crittersparents

    I have to agree I get a luke-warm feeling about him myself…. not any real excitement generated . I would love to see Romney as McCains pick because he would shore up McCains ticket. He has a lot of support, would bring a lot to the table, & has name recognition among the parties conservative base. Fred would also be a great VP, he was always everyones 2nd choice for a presidential candidate that I talked to while stumping for him… and one hell of a conservative, but I think that the 2 older gentleman ticket would not be as appealing to most voters as that of Mitt in the VP slot. I hope John comes out with his VP selection soon! I cannot help to think that the right running mate would give him one hell of a boost within the party.

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