The Romney Veepstakes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in St. Louis, Missouri. (Getty)

Pawlenty, Jindal, Portman, Rubio, Christie, Rice... Chris Cillizza, Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’ columnist and author of the new book, The Gospel According to the Fix, discusses the various candidates being discussed for Mitt Romney's Vice President. Republicans, who would you like to see as Romney's running mate? Let us know!


Chris Cillizza

Comments [27]


kookie commenters as usual

Jul. 18 2012 04:03 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Off topic? Gary - you brought up Israel, I did not.

I am not an Israel, hater or basher but, Israel is not an ally of the United States. Israel is a client state.

America has no allies in the world except, perhaps the govt of the UK. That's just a fact.

Jul. 18 2012 10:45 AM
rose-ellen from jackson hts.

Why are you making the judgement call that Rice is not a war criminal?If there were any real justice she would be at the Hague tried along with her cohorts for preemptive war which is criminal.Her refined artitic sensibilities notwithstanding [funny how the veneer of high civilization is so often displayed by war criminals]she pushed for shock and awe-against the innocent iraqi people and as a result thousands, of men ,women and children suffered and died because of her criminal policiy.

Jul. 18 2012 10:44 AM
gary from queens

Christie's pugnasity would wear thin real fast with constant national attention. if it turns me off, as a republican, it will turn off independents

Jul. 18 2012 10:34 AM
al from marine park from Brooklyn

Will there be a problem with a Mormon and a catholic on the ticket?

Jul. 18 2012 10:33 AM
gary from queens


Israel is our strongest and most important ally. Morally and strategically.

And trying to engage in israel bashing is off topic of this discussion.

Jul. 18 2012 10:31 AM
sean from far rockaway

If Romney chooses Senator Rand Paul, he may get a spike in young support from Ron Paul's camp.

Jul. 18 2012 10:27 AM

Rob Portman colluded to double the Federal Debt as consumption - war, tax breaks, entitlements - rather than investments - education, infrastructure, preventive healthcare.

Jul. 18 2012 10:26 AM
Ed from Larchmont

President Obama will be ferocious and vicious, and Romney can't really do that, so he needs a vice-president who can really be critical, someone like Christie.

Jul. 18 2012 10:25 AM
gary from queens

Pawlenty has NEGATIVE charisma. he blends into the background. that was why his campaign gathered no steam. bad pick.

Paul Ryan is a policy wonk, but he isnt boring. he can do battle on policy details where Romney is weak ----or purposely reticent? He's been with Romney a lot, just like Pawlenty.

Bobby Jindal looks strange. Like a geeky kid. Matters with some people. Not a good choice despite being person of color.

Jul. 18 2012 10:24 AM
Jerry from Elmhurst

Rubio has some splainin' to do about that $400,000 office renovation he made when he became Speaker of the House in the state of Florida !

Jul. 18 2012 10:23 AM
Karen from Nyc

He should wait until next year and then nominate someone retroactivelly.

Jul. 18 2012 10:20 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Squishy on Israel" hmm, like putting the country you are a citizen of and pledge allegiance to, above all others?

Jul. 18 2012 10:19 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

SANTORUM!? Talk about the kiss of death.

Jul. 18 2012 10:17 AM
fuva from harlemworld

...Condi would be camouflage.

Jul. 18 2012 10:17 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Condoleeza has populist credentials? Puhlease. That caller is representative of Repub/ Tea party disingenuousness and/or self-delusion. Here, what she has in her background that Romney doesn't is blackness.

Jul. 18 2012 10:15 AM
Hugh Sansom

"War criminal" is not too strong an expression for Condoleezza Rice. In most of the world outside the delusional United States, Rice is widely seen as one of the worst war criminals of the past 50 years (along with W., Cheney, Henry Kissinger, and a slew of other Americans).

Jul. 18 2012 10:15 AM
gary from queens

Republican caller is wrong. Condi would lose the right on her spport for choice and being squishy on israel.

Worse, she's untested on the campaign stump. I need only say two words of warning on that:


Jul. 18 2012 10:14 AM
The Truth from Becky

If romney chooses to run with Condoleeza Rice it will be strategy for sure, won't work but strategy nonetheless.

Jul. 18 2012 10:13 AM
Sara from Bushwick

Romney should consider outsourcing the VP; he could save the taxpayers a bundle of money by getting a polite guy in India.

Jul. 18 2012 10:12 AM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Williamsburg

Tim Pawlenty will be the pick. His wife and Romney's are pals and a 2 termer from Minnesota is safe, competent and might turn a blue state red. Rob Portman gets a lot of inside-the-beltway buzz. One outside-the-park pick is Huckabee. Huckabee would humanize Romney; he is very funny and likeable -- but, like Christie, may have to lose some weight and get his diabetes in check.

Jul. 18 2012 10:11 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY


I agree about Huntsman.

Jul. 18 2012 10:10 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Rubio is too suave and quick and makes Romney look bad. Worse than he already does.

Jul. 18 2012 10:09 AM

I am an independent voter, but I think that Romney will pick Tim Pawlenty. However, if he's smart, he'll pick someone like John Huntsman, who has a broader ideological appeal.

Jul. 18 2012 10:09 AM
gary from queens


How many more days will go by before you stop playing around with the stupid MSM parlour games like hhis issue, and have a discussion of a monumental policy issues?

I refer to the news story from the week of July 9 in which Obama unilaterally gutted the work requirements of Clinton's landmark reform legislation.

Why are you ignoring it? Is it because instead of being an issue that places Romney on the defensive, it's one in which 85 percent of Dems say that work should be a condition of public assistance?!

Obama administration guts work requirements for Clinton-era welfare reform
posted at 11:21 am on July 13, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Jul. 18 2012 10:06 AM
Verona Marfo from U K

He will suprise everyone and go for a VP apart from all of the above

Jul. 18 2012 09:27 AM
Quentin Langley from Woking, UK

Dick Cheney would be an interesting choice.

Jul. 18 2012 09:24 AM

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