Last November Romney offered up one name as a possible running mate but she was sitting right next to him at the time and she had announced her endorsement of Romney just days before so he may have been under the influence of that afterglow.
“There are probably 15 names of people, including (New Hampshire Sen.) Kelly Ayotte,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News. “I mean, there are terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors’ offices.”
Sen. Ayotte is a relative unknown and she hails from a state with only four electoral votes, but with her on his ticket there is a potential for more women to vote for him. For some reason Romney isn’t resonating with women voters. I find that a bit odd because an MIT study shows when a guapo candidate is running for office they usually beat the less guapo candidate.
So, Romney needs a woman who resonates with both men and women or a male running mate who inspires women voters to cast their ballots for the Romney/? ticket.
Other possible female running mates are:
- Governor South Carolina Nikki Haley — Gov. Haley is currently fighting for her political life in South Carolina. Republicans and Democrats in S.C. concede they are whispering about the possibility of her impeachment. Whether anything comes from the actions underway or not Governor Haley’s current situation would weigh too heavily on Romney’s Presidential campaign for him to include her on his ticket. Haley has already said that she isn’t interested in becoming Vice President.
- Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin — no word from the former Alaskan Governor but if she decided not to run for the Republican Presidential nomination then why would she accept the VP spot?
- New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez — the first term governor would probably help Romney attract more Hispanic voters he so desperately needs but her ability to attract the other bloc of voters Romney seems weakest in (women voters) remains unknown.
Other possible running mates being mentioned are:
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says, “I’m not going to be the vice president.”
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — Based on his poll numbers from Monmouth 2/7, Quinnipiac 2/29 and FDU 3/13 polls Christie will not be able to deliver his own state in the general election. If he can’t even deliver his own state then he probably won’t help Romney win the election.
- Freshman Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) — Veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Rep. West is a favorite of the Tea Party movement and Republican conservatives.
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — I like Ryan but he may do more good for the country in his current position as Chairman of the Budget Committee.
- Ohio Senator Rob Portman — The GOP strategists are pointing to him as the most likely candidate to emerge as Romney’s running mate.
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal — Some are painting Gov. Jindal as less than charismatic but I find that those politicians who speak honestly about problems and who offer up solutions based in reality are very charismatic. Jindal has been asked to run before and has respectfully declined opting instead to focus on finishing the job he was hired to do in Louisianan.
The most attractive potential running mates (West, Rubio, Martinez, Christie and Haley) suffer from the same disturbing deficiency — they are too early in their head-of-state or national leadership roles for us to properly gauge their abilities to lead our nation.
We have all seen what happens when we elect an inexperienced fast-tracked candidate to our country’s highest office. We made a bad hire in 2008. Most of us don’t want to repeat that experience when we hire our next executive temp worker.