Friday, August 3, 2012

Vice Presidential poll

On the right side of this post I have two polls.  One, who do you want Mitt Romney to pick as his running mate, and Two, who do you think Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate.



I have tried to pick who I think are the five realistic candidates that are in contention.   There has been less talk about Marco Rubio recently, but he is my personal choice, so I am still hoping.   I think it will be an upset pick with Paul Ryan, congressman of Wisconsin. If it can't be Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan would be a great and exciting choice.  If it is not either Ryan or Rubio then I hope it is the governor of LA, Bobby Jindal.




I am putting up this poll now because I think it will be late next week when Mitt announces his pick.  So, please pick one person in each poll.  You can pick other, and in this post do a reply to announce who you think it should be.  Or you can use this posts reply section to make any comments you want, about your picks or about anything related to the vice presidential selection.

16 comments:

Sheralyn said...

I hope that he picks A. West so that there will be someone with vitality and excitement on the ticket. Although, picking someone that is exciting isn't the most important factor in picking a VP. I hope that he picks someone who can take the position of president without causing everyone with a working brain cell to loose sleep. We truly cant't sleep thinking that Biden could be the head of anything. He's an idiot.

Sheralyn

Big Mike said...

Amen, Mrs B! ;-)))

Anonymous said...

Sheralyn, I totally agree with your comments. But I would like to see Allen West as President now. LOL But we got Romney, so I could see Allen as Defense Secretary. I would be able to sleep well with Marco Rubio as VP. I think the youth in this nation would really come on board with this young man. If he selects Pawlenty or Portman, in 4 yrs both will be getting older. Once again, we'll have the same oldies. Moderates. But our task is to get Obama OUT. Now. If not, America will NOT be recognizable. And I mean Obama will bring this change IMMEDIATELY if re-elected. Frightening times indeed.

Krissy in ATX

Big Mike said...

You are 100% right Krissy!! Thanks so much for your comments!!

Cathy York said...

I was on the Rubio bandwagon until a week and a half ago, when he joined Senator McCain in denouncing Michele Bachmann for (along with four other Congressmen) asking several departments' IGs to investigate Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the federal government. That Rubio dissed her without having even read their letter is especially troubling. I was hoping he'd retract his remarks, but if he has, I haven't heard about it.

Haven't investigated Portman much, but the fact that he (I assume) participated in developing Bush's spending programs concerns me; I want a Romney team committed to fiscal conservatism and SHRINKING spending.

In that vein, I love Ryan, but unless there's somebody equally sharp ready to step into his shoes in the House, we need him to stay right where he is as chair of the budget committee and quarterback his budget bill's passage. It's crucial.

Of these 5, that leaves Jindal and Pawlenty. Jindal has done a phenomenal job in Louisiana and he has proven himself able to handle a crisis well. My only reservation about him would be whether there's somebody equally competent to follow him into the governorship. I think I'd be fine with T-Paw. He's not exciting, but that's only been a major criterion since Palin and expecting our VP pick to live up to her reputation in that area seems a little unrealistic to me. Besides, I'll take competent over excitement any day.

Big Mike said...

Cathy thanks for your detailed well thought out comments! :-))

Anonymous said...

Mike, i see you're clever enough to agree whole-heartedly with your lovely wife... First, it's obvious than any of these VPs would be capable of serving as President, and not because of their experience - Biden has them all beat on that - but because of their intelligence. The only reason I don't choose Ryan first is that I want him where he is! And though TPaw might seem boring, I would expect that if he were elected, you'd see a different approach from him. Still, I think Rubio seems like the most stable choice, and Romney values safe, stable choices.

Jindal would be a great choice too. His record in LA is fantastic.

daveinaz

Cathy York said...

You're welcome, Michael! Just occurred to me I ought to add that I have no idea who he'll actually pick. I just might wind up like Chevy Chase, not being any more surprised than if I'd woken up with my head sewed to the carpet ;-)

talkradio200 said...

I'm still hoping that Romney stuns everyone by picking Allen West. Barring that, my top choices are Jindal and Paul Ryan. I'm with Cathy on Rubio, he lost me with his uninformed criticism of Michele Bachmann.

And I wish people would rid themselves of this idea that excitement and competence are mutually exclusive. That's just a fancy way of saying "we need the boring, old guy who could put himself to sleep." Pawlenty and Portman are snoozers. It's time to look to our younger crowd.

GreatHairGuy said...

Any of those mentioned would be fine, especially with the bar being so low with respect to the current VP. In fact, it's lying on the ground. With that being said, I think that because the convention is so late this year, it should be someone we all know reasonably well with a good public image. There just isn't time to "introduce" a more obscure person to America. The pick CANNOT be a distraction to the campaign which would take the message away from out horrific economic circumstances & the disaster Obama has been. To me, that would include Portman. The big drawback for Pawlenty, other than being as boring as can be, he bailed out of the presidential race WAY too early. It was right after Bachmann won a STRAW poll in Iowa. Huge mistake and brings questions to his durability and commitment.

This pick has to be as tough as nails and a superb communicator and will fight back. S/he will be attacked viciously by the press, another Palin-level assault. I'm sure Romney won't be as spineless as McCain in backing his pick through this barrage since he will continue to be attacked and misrepresented. The Republicans better do a MUCH better job supporting these candidates, too, against these ongoing assaults than they were in 2008.

In June 2011, when Perry was being rumored to be the salvation for this election, I wrote that it would be a Romney/Rubio ticket. I'm still comfortable with that. I'm also quite confident that Romney will make a good choice; he's a much wiser man a better all-around politician than John McCain.

Big Mike said...

You don't know how I would love for Romney to shock the world with Col West, brother Jack!!
I figure his handlers will convince him to play it safe. I don't agre... I think he should go bold with a great constitutional patriot!

Big Mike said...

Yes it's not even close big Ken. Romney is way above McCain as a campaigner, fighter (to win) and an all around politician. I think Romney will do all it takes to win.
Thanks Ken!

Joel said...

I almost changed my vote because of Cathy's comments, but in the end I have to vote for Paul Ryan. He is the most articulate spokesman for what will happen if we do not get our economic house in order. He can explain clearly how his Path to Prosperity will keep the nation from falling off a fiscal cliff, reform Medicare and Social Security, and still provide a safety net for the poor. He is "with it" and would attract the youth vote. He would be a great asset to Romney. I think that he could pass the Budget Committee responsibility to another rising young conservative, someone like Jeff Flake. One article that I read on National Review Online described his temperament as "presidential," and I know that Bill Bennett urged him to run for President. I am with Cathy and Jack on not supporting Rubio now. (Sorry, Michael!) Having said all this, I have a gut feeling that Romney will choose someone "safe" like Portman, but I hope he surprises me!

Big Mike said...

If it is Paul Ryan I will be extremely excited and happy, Joel. I feel like most of us it will probably be Portman. I will support the ticket 100% no matter who Mitt chooses. But I will be just a little disappointed if Mitt just goes with the safe choice when there are more exciting candidates to choose from. I think he should look at Texas and see what an energized conservative movement can do when we voted in Ted Cruz in a landslide. I think Romney could take advantage of that nationally. A Paul Ryan would do just that. Thanks Joel!

Anonymous said...

Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte, or Chris Christie, all not Bush connected like Portman, nor boring like Pawlenty. All help with Rustbelt. Meaning, PA, WI, MI, OH, NM(although not Rustbelt but Northeast). Those states are key to winning and Romney isn't doing as well in them as much as FL, VA, & NC. NM, NV, CO are not worth as much in terms of a whole region electorally so don't pick Rubio that would help in Florida and MAYBE out west. So I say pick someone who represents that region and gives Romney a boost.

Big Mike said...

Thanks for your views and I agree Mitt should choose someone exciting who not only can help with the important swing states, but someone who will excite and energize the base. I don't agree with all the pundits who say the VP pick doesn't really help a ticket it can only hurt with a bad choice. How can they quantify that?
I pray Mitt makes the best choice!