Opinion: Sen. Rob Portman is the VEEP Frontrunner

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 03:06 PM

The first true inkling of how Governor Romney would serve as president will come when he announces his running mate to serve as vice president. What sort of attributes will Romney look for in the person who would assume the presidency in the event of his death or incapacity?

There is no way on the planet Earth that Mitt Romney will announce his pick for Vice President more than a week away from the Convention - doing so early would put that person under a microscope much quicker than the campaign and the VP nominee would like.

But that hasn't stopped everyone under the sun from speculating whom the Romney campaign might be mulling (myself included). The current name being tossed around is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. 

Unlike Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character in the hit HBO show “Veep,” Romney will need someone serious, experienced and able to step in to the most powerful job in the world. For my money, I believe Romney needs a Washington insider not unlike Dick Cheney – someone who has strong contacts on Capitol Hill and the K Street Community.  This is why I believe Ohio’s junior Senator, Rob Portman has the inside track to become Romney’s running mate.

A former Congressman, Portman also served as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as the United States Trade Representative, both during the George W. Bush Administration.  Portman has friends on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue and he could strengthen Republican confidence in Romney while also hailing from the key battleground state of Ohio.  You heard it here first.



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Comments [3]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Who cares? The GOP ticket is pretty much doomed.

For the average voter, the "Barack Obama is a bad shepherd of our economy" loses to "The GOP broke the economy and drove the budget into deficit AND THEN HAVE fiddled while the Middle Class burned."

All that is left is the TONS of negative advertising whose purpose can ONLY BE to freeze the undecided in place.

It is not going to be a landslide but the outcome will be clear. My question to the GOP will you man up and help him govern once he wins?

Jul. 17 2012 10:14 AM

THE Rob Portman who presided over OMD, just as the economy was imploding? Failing to provide oversight during the subprime debacle? Yes,THAT Rob Portman. Great, you go with that.

Jul. 14 2012 12:38 AM
Henry Spriggs from St Helens Merseyside UK

I think Senator Rob Portman would be a strong and effective Vice Presidential running mate for Romney.

However let us not forget that Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has all the attributes that Portman has. Experience, conservative, Midwest swing state,and tough campaigner.

Jul. 13 2012 06:01 PM

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