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

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Veepstakes Tuesdays: Bob McDonnell

1 05 2012

I have decided to devote my Tuesdays to the discussion of who will be the VP nominee. Like I said a few weeks ago, I believe that the VP nominee will determine who will win this general election.

Everyday it seems that there is a different front runner in the VP race. Every week Romney is bringing out different top GOP politicians on the campaign trail with him. This week, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been campaigning with Romney, which has fueled a lot of speculation about his chances in the VP nomination.

McDonnell, who endorsed Romney in January, is appearing with Romney at a fundraising event on Wednesday night and an event on Thursday. Also, McDonnell’s PAC, Opportunity, Virginia, is reserving TV air time in Virginia, specifically in the DC market. Since he cannot run for reelection due to term limits, the only reasons for this are to get his name out in the Washington community

McDonnell is an Army veteran who is widely respected as a fiscal conservative. He has high approval ratings, and it helps that he is from Virginia which will be a major swing state in 2012. Also, he is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Theses tactics are pointing towards McDonnell having a great shot at being chosen as the VP nominee, and he would probably be a great VP. However, his approval ratings fell during the month of March and some polls have shown that Obama would still carry Virginia even if McDonnell was on the ballot with Romney. Despite the controversy, McDonnell is still one to watch out for on the ticket and in upcoming presidential elections.

Please comment and here are my sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/gops-mcdonnell-airs-sunny-ad-touting-va-achievements-as-romney-has-eye-out-for-running-mates/2012/04/24/gIQALMNYfT_story.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/bob-mcdonnell-campaign-mitt-romney-virginia-week-vp/story?id=16247201#.T6A-iqtAarY

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304868004577376372101851252.html#project%3DPLAYERTEMPLATE_VEEP0405%26articleTabs%3Dinteractive