Veepstakes Tuesday: When Romney Announce?

31 07 2012

In my last column, I said that Romney was set to announce within the next few days. Well, it has been two weeks, and we still do not know who his running mate will be. This has fueled the VP speculation even more in the past weeks, than ever before.

With Bob McDonnell now looking like the front runner, many people are just waiting to hear this confirmed or denied, so the big question is when will Romney announce?

Just today, the Romney campaign sent out emails telling people to download the official VP app. This app will supposedly bring the user breaking news about the VP announcement even before the media knows. While I am not 100 percent sure how this will work, it does show that the announcement will take place soon. The team is really pushing people to download this app not just through emails, but also on Facebook as well.

Since Romney is just returning to the country, it seems like this adds to the list of reasons why he will announce soon. He is kicking off his bus tour on August 10, which is when John McCain made is announcement of Sarah Palin. This is a lot later than many expected Romney to announce. He has said several times that he will announce a few weeks before the National Convention. While technically, this would be a few weeks before the Convention, it is a lot later than many believed.

Expect the announcement to come in the next week. They are upping their publicity surrounding the announcement, which the campaign itself has not done that much of. His staff knows that they cannot carry this out much longer or people will get bored with the drama, so they will be announcing soon. If I had to guess, I would say either Thursday or Saturday, but that is just my guess, and not official.

Here are my sources, and tell me who you want to see as the VP pick:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/romney-to-kick-off-bus-tour-aug-10/2012/07/31/gJQAGgEgNX_blog.html





Dear Mr. President

19 07 2012

Dear Mr. President:

Regarding your remark made saying that successful people did not earn that success on their own that the government was the reason that businesses are successful, I take that offensively. Not for me, but for my parents. Both of them have built successful businesses without government help. If anything, their businesses have been on the decline in the recent years with more government  control (and the threat of even more) trying to creep into businesses, and if you cannot read reports, I will just go ahead and tell you that this is a very common occurrence right now across the country.

I disagree with your policies, and I find it utterly sickening that he would say that hard working Americans are not responsible for building their own successful businesses. When this country was founded, our government did not play a role in controlling businesses, and we developed into one of the strongest nations that history has ever seen. If we continue down this path, our country will fall to pieces and will no longer be this superpower we have grown up to know.

It is time to grow up and make bipartisan decisions that will help our country. Also, it’s time to quit blaming Bush and realize that some of your policies are not working. For the first two years of your term, you blamed Bush. Now, with a Republican controlled House, you blame them. I see a common theme right now, and it is blame. A great leader should not blame others for mistakes, but should stand up and admit them. This is a complete lack of leadership from our nation’s president.

Thanks





Veepstakes Tuesdays: Tim Pawlenty

17 07 2012

Speculation has grown about the potential Vice Presidential nominee with Mitt Romney reportedly set to announce his choice at some point this week.  Some reports are saying that Romney has narrowed down his list to three people: Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman and Bobby Jindal.

To fuel this speculation even more, Romney’s team announced today that they have hired the VP staff. Randy Bumps, the former National Republican Senatorial Committee political director, will be the director of operations and Kevin Sheridian, a former Republican National Committee spokesman, will be the communications director.

Now back to the potentially last speculation post from me, and the business of breaking down the pros and cons of Pawlenty.

Pawlenty is the former Governor of Minnesota who served from 2003-2011, and is the only person who entered this Presidential race who is seriously being considered as a potential VP nominee, probably because he dropped out of the race before any of the primaries took place and endorsed Romney early on.

Pawlenty checks off many of the criteria that is needed for the VP candidate. He’s socially conservative, he can connect with working class voters, he is from the midwest and he has no direct ties to the still controversial Bush presidency. These things are all key in picking a VP nominee.

However, the biggest problem with Pawlenty is that he is one of the most boring guys in politics. There is even a mockery website called excitingthingsbouttimpawlenty.com that lists nothing. Also, he doesn’t really bring a lot different to the ticket. As a governor, he doesn’t have foreign policy experience, he doesn’t excite a crowd and he doesn’t appeal to minority voters that Romney desperately needs.

With many people calling for Romney to pick a “safe” choice, Pawlenty’s name comes up a lot. However, for most people, he crosses the line from safe to boring, which is what Romney needs to stay away from.

Overall, I will be disappointed to see a Romney/Pawlenty ticket because I think there are many better people for the job. I will still support them, and hope that he can defeat Obama in November.

Comment with who you want to be Romney’s running mate & here are my sources:

http://excitingthingsabouttimpawlenty.com/

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2012/0713/Why-Tim-Pawlenty-remains-high-on-Mitt-Romney-veep-list

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/07/16/will-this-be-tim-pawlentys-big-week/

http://www.biography.com/people/tim-pawlenty-360292

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/07/17/how_romney_might_rate_the_vp_contenders_114814.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/238335-romney-campaign-hires-vice-presidential-staff

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20120716aide_says_mitt_romney_could_announce_vp_pick_this_week/srvc=home&position=recent

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78566.html





Romney Speaks at NAACP Convention

12 07 2012

This week, presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee spoke at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention. Many people have questioned whether or not this was a good campaign move from the Romney team.

Some people have called his speech “hollow” and a “missed opportunity” because the people in the room were not his primary audience and he was booed twice. I watched a pathetic argument on The View this morning (don’t judge me, this whole feud with DirecTV and Viacom has severely limited the amount of channels I can watch). This argument consisted of Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg basically saying that Romney was a horrible person. Then Elisabeth Hasselbeck started yelling at them because Romney can do no wrong. And finally, Sherri Sheperd came out with the best argument of all of them. She said that she respected what Romney did, but did not think that he chose the best language to use. She suggested that he have not talked about Obamacare because a majority of African Americans support it, but instead have focused on the fact that the unemployment rate among African Americans is significantly higher than among whites.

Personally, I agree with Sherri Sheperd by saying that he probably could have done a little better with tailoring his message towards the people he was speaking in front of. However, I think it did show a lot of Americans that he is being consistent with his message and that he is not going to compromise his integrity and pander to each audience.

What are you’re thoughts on Romney’s Speech?

Here are my sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/12/benjamin-jealous-mitt-romney-naacp_n_1668159.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/romneys-hollow-naacp-speech/2012/07/12/gJQAeT4JfW_blog.html

The View (Episode aired on July 12, 2012)





Veepstakes Tuesdays: John Thune

10 07 2012

Many have considered John Thune one of the top rising conservative politicians in the country. Now, he’s the third highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, so is he about to take the next big step in the political world?

Referred to many times as the “dark horse” of the VP contest, John Thune has been talked about as a potential VP nominee ever since he became one of the first people to endorse Mitt Romney for President. Thune is the junior U. S Senator from South Dakota, and current Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

He first burst onto the seen when he was elected U.S. Rep for South Dakota’s At-large congressional district in 1996. Then in 2002, he challenged incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, but lost by only 524 votes. He then decided to run against Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in the 2004 Senate election. This race was of the most expensive races in 2004, and was almost a dead heat throughout the entire campaign. When it was all said and done, Thune wone by 4,508 votes, which made Thune the first person since Barry Goldwater defeated Ernest McFarland   in 1952 to defeat an incumbent Floor Leader. Since this election, Thune has risen up the ranks in the Senate to become one of the most respected members of Congress.

Despite being a long shot, Thune has all of the qualities that Romney is said to being wanting in a VP. He’s low-key, respected, has Washington experience and comes from the Midwest. It also helps that he is a very natural speaker, which will help overcome the stiffness of Romney.

Thune flirted with running for the Presidential nomination, and Senator Mitch McConnell said that he should run because, “”He’s a very sharp, capable individual — good speaker, good leadership qualities, which I see on display every week in the Senate. I’m a big John Thune fan.”

Thune has met with Romney to discuss the campaign, but no one knows if VP possibilities were discussed in this meeting. However, the way Thune has handled the media questions shows that he is definitely a contender. When asked about the job, he replied, ” I’ve also said you don’t rule any options out, because if you are in public life because you want to make a difference … obviously, you have to be open to those kind of possibilities.” This is the best response I’ve heard from any potential nominee.

Then when asked if he is being vetted by the Romney campaign, he responded, ” There’s a process. We don’t talk about the process.” This says that he knows something that a lot of people do not.

The biggest downfall for Thune is that he isn’t well known, and isn’t that exciting. Most people have never heard of the man, but that also comes with the advantage that he is not very controversial. However, building up a name recognition might not be something this campaign will want to spend time doing in this election.

I had honestly completely written Thune off as a potential VP nominee until I started looking through stuff to write this post. Now, I’ve moved him to the top of my list. He’s young and very likeable. If you look back through most of the recent VPs, with the exception of Al Gore, they have come from states that were solidly leaning towards that candidate anyway, not from swing states. Also, adding a fresh face to the ticket might actually give Romney the chance to rebrand himself to the country, which would give the campaign some more life to it. I would not be surprised at all to see a Romney/Thune ticket.

Comment below with ideas about who you want me to profile next week or any potential blog topics. Here are my sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-06-13/john-thune-romney-vice-president/55586686/1

http://www.ksfy.com/story/18858916/thune-meeting-with-romney-in-utah-this-weekend

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/29/who-is-john-thune-and-why-is-he-on-the-gop-2012-short-list-for-p/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/13/john-thune-vice-president_n_1512701.html

http://www.usatoday.com/news/story/2012-06-09/senator-john-thune-romney-vice-president/55482670/1

http://www.johnthune.com/about/





Veepstakes Tuesday: The Perfect VP Candidate

3 07 2012

This week I’ve decided to do my Veepstakes Tuesday post a little differently. Instead of choosing one particular person, I’ve decided to piece together what it takes to be the perfect VP nominee. I’m looking at what would be the best political move (more of an outside, campaigning point of view) and a policy move when piecing together this perfect candidate.

Going into this general election, we must look at several different factors in determining what will help Republicans take back the White House: the current president, the current Republican nominee and mistakes that have been made in the past few elections.

The biggest things to note with the current president is a phenomenal speaker, who can easily get Americans on his side. Also, he holds key advantages in younger voters, single women and minorities. That being said, Romney is stiff and not the most relaxed speaker, which makes him hard to connect with the average American voter. He does hold pretty key advantages with white voters, men and older voters. He also has more economic experience than Obama does.

Looking at these key facts will give a lot to shape this perfect nominee. The VP nominee needs to be someone who can captivate an audience, but he or she must not overshadow Romney. Also, this perfect nominee must be able to appeal to the voters that Obama seemingly has a stranglehold on. Also, Romney doesn’t need to worry about finding someone whose specialty is the economy because he already has that. Instead, he should look to someone who has a lot of foreign policy expertise, which he does not have.

When it comes to trying to appeal to the key voters that Obama has sizable leads with, it is a very tricky situation. Romney has to find someone who can steal some of these votes without the left saying that he is only doing it to get those votes. This means not putting a woman on the ticket to try and the the woman vote, unless she is a strong candidate who will not back down. The best bet is to place a young, attractive male on the ticket. This was how Obama got a lot of the female vote in 2008 because he was a younger attractive male. When dealing with a minority, it might be best not to choose a minority candidate unless he or she is someone who has been talked about a lot. We must also look into the fact that this race will be determined by a few key states, so picking someone from one of these states will help along the way as well.

When it comes to avoiding past mistakes, I will refer a lot to the 2008 election. While, I am a huge Sarah Palin fan, the biggest mistake of the election was choosing someone who had not been exposed to the national media at a large level. She was put into the national spotlight from near obscurity, and she did not really know how to handle herself. The lesson that needs to be taken away from this is that the nominee will need to be someone who has been in the spotlight for a while as a top political figure.

To narrow it down, Romney’s VP nominee should be a young, attractive male who has a commanding presence and foreign policy experience. Also, he must be well exposed to the national media and preferably be from a swing state.

Best candidates (In order of being the perfect fit): Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, Bobby Jindal, Kelly Ayotte