Rob Portman: Romney’s VP Pick?


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Budget expertise aside, Portman’s other major selling point is geography: he represents a vital swing state in Ohio. How vital? One oft-cited measure is that no Republican has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye State. Portman’s addition to the ticket won’t guarantee a Republican victory in Ohio, of course, but the fact that he won his Senate seat in 2010 with nearly 60 percent of the vote may be a good portend. Nor has it escaped notice that he enjoys a strong relationship with the state’s conservative voters. Although many conservative voters preferred Rick Santorum, Portman’s endorsement of Romney helped him to a narrow but critical victory in the March 6 Ohio primary. Portman’s endorsement proved particularly influential in his former Congressional district of Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs, where Romney drew much of his support. The hope among Republicans is that Portman can replicate those results in November.

Not everyone is sold on Portman though. One of the more persistent criticisms is that he is too “boring” to drum up much enthusiasm among the GOP base. Firing up Republicans against Obama is a task for which the measured and uncharismatic Portman is ill suited. In choosing Portman, moreover, Romney will be reinforcing the reputation for blandness that is considered one of his more notable drawbacks as a candidate.

Portman’s supporters counter that what he lacks in charisma he makes up for in political gravitas and national experience, the absence of which made Sarah Palin a liability in the last election. They also suggest that given the tidal force of anti-Obama sentiment in the Republican electorate, Romney may not need a more exciting figure to get GOP voters to the polls. Given the more interesting prospect of seeing a Republican favorite like Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan on the ticket, however, it remains to be seen whether Republicans will turn out for Romney if he goes for substance over star-power.

At the end of the day, Portman’s greatest appeal may be not who he is but what he represents. Though he has rarely been in the spotlight, his focus in Washington has been on reducing the debt and the deficit and finding ways to grow the economy. That hasn’t turned Portman into a political celebrity. But considering the importance of those issues to voters, and the Obama administration’s woeful record on the economy, it may yet make him the vice presidential nominee.

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  • Chezwick

    Question: What are Portman's poll numbers TODAY in Ohio? Would he be enough of an asset to tip the state to Romney?

    As for other potential candidates…

    I think we can take Rubio at his word that he doesn't want the job. I'd be shocked (though delighted) if he took it….(Florida is as imperative as Ohio).

    Christie has expressed interest. I personally see the New Jersey governor as a mixed bag….articulate and entertaining to be sure (he'd eat Biden alive in debate), but soft on Islam (he appointed a Muslim extremist to the New Jersey state court and vehemently defended the appointment to conservative critics).

    Bobby Jindel has the ethnic thing going, but is rather vanilla in presentation.

    Mitch Daniels is strong, but Indiana is already in our column.

    I think a candidate's selection of a running mate tells a lot about himself. McCain's selection of Palin reflected his mercurial nature. W's selection of Cheney reflected his own disregard for the "wisdom" of the chattering class. Reagan selected Bush to unite the Party.

    It'll be interesting in the extreme to see whom Romney chooses. Let's just hope he's adequately vetted….and we don't end up pulling an Eagleton.

  • Schlomotion

    Rob Portman is the guy who has promised to kiss Israel's butt the most, but the Bilderberg pick for Vice President is going to be Marco Rubio, until We The People expose his work for the ALEC bill mill, which embezzles tax free money into an illegal Congressional lobbying effort. This attempt by Jacob Laksin to stuff Rob Portman's shirt until he looks like Natalie Portman is based solely on his servitude to Israeli policy. Rob Portman would not be a good candidate for Americans. This is just a repeat of the phenomenon of The Lobby backing Rick Perry. RuPaul should run on a pro-Israel ticket.

    • mrbean

      You of course would prefer Hag Hillary Clinton who kisses the ass of the Palestinians (gives them $300 milion)and the Chicoms as the President.

      • Schlomotion

        No. I would not. The world does not divide neatly between rabid Hebrew Nationalists and Hillary supporters.

    • Ghostwriter

      Why can't you get it through that thick skull of yours,Schlomotion? Jews are not your personal punching bag! They're people,just like you,but I doubt you'll ever see that.

    • wsk

      Anti semite schmuck!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Republicans and Independents are opposed to the destruction of America as a Capitalist Nation, so _much so my cat could be on the ticket and they would vote for Romney, my cat would vote for Romney._If the message of the true nature of the danger Leftists/Marxists/Islamists pose to America under the_Hussein Obama administration is made clear and not side tracked by the subversive, hate America_media, Romney can only loose under contrived circumstances. The damage done to our Nation is_so wide and deep it will take generations to clean out the vile problems our traitors from within have_caused. There are Republican Political figures like Christie that send up red flags and Romney must_be aware of and stay away from, politicians are not trusted by the vast majority of Americans, this he_knows. Portman does not have the loose cannon or distrust cloud over his head and may be_adequate but someone in America that is honest, trustworthy and can sign their name and has_a valid social security number, valid birth certificate, is known by his former classmates, can produce_documents associated with his education will be fine. If Romney can not find this person, I have_a cat….Smokey,…..a hamster….Napoleon,…..a picture of Ronald Reagan……all volunteer._William

  • upaces88

    George Soros was behind this fraud:
    If you are for Romney turn this around. What IF you were sent a Poll that was already "fixed" as Obama as the President, and there was nothing you could do to change it? You have more ethics than that. I know you are a Person of character and want everyone to vote for their conscience.
    It is a poll to vote for your dream team. ONLY, when I tried to "drag" New't photo in the position where they had "Romney's Photo" it wouldn't allow me to replace Romney with Newt or anyone else for that matter. It would allow me to drag the photo to VP position. I immediately hit "return to the sender" with this in the subject line: "Do not shove Romney down our throats". I then made this viral as well as uploading it on several web sites.
    When my friends then tried to "hit return" to send the same message to "who ever" made it impossible for us to "have a choice" of OUR OWN PRESIDENT….it finally came back "un-deliverable" because they shut us out!
    I then, went back to the site below. There was a comment section in the upper right hand corner, and we all typed in "DO NOT SHOVE ROMNEY DOWN OUR THROATS!"
    Come to find out….THIS FRAUD WAS CREATED BY GEORGE SOROS. ROMNEY IS IN BED WITH SOROS with Soros….do you want another President on puppet strings? Soros has warrants out for him in several countries including Russia.

    Like, I said, you are an ethical person, and I know you DO NOT believe it is right to have our President Chosen FOR US.
    http://www.2012dreamticket.com/

  • upaces88

    WE had an entire team of email contacts that exposed this fraud a couple of days ago.
    Romney + Ron Paul are backed by Soros.

  • upaces88

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVUQuJDEs04

    Romney Winning Our Future with Blood Money

  • AgentRose

    ARE YOU KIDDING? Romney will not win with Portman. There is no name recognition. He is another RINO so we would have two RINO's. This would be nothing less than an "establishment" pick. Don't go there.

  • upaces88

    He is referred to as Decent? Would you call anyone decent who lies about the Dream Act just to get votes?
    Yes, he states he is AGAINST the Dream Act while running an Ad in Spanish:

    Video: http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2012/01/r

    Romney also states he would have voted for the NDAA;
    Romney states "…only talk about re-distribution of wealth behind closed doors";
    Romney states he is like Obama. George Soros and WH states Romney is like Obama.
    Romney committed a Federal Crime through wire fraud by wiring Millions of his $$ to the Cayman Islands as well as accepting foreign $$ for campaigns.
    Romney was part of the Medicare fraud;
    Romney's Mormon religion — Founder, Joseph Smith says he wants to be the 2nd Mohamed.
    Video: Romney exploits American Business with Foreign $$; http://www.kingofbain.com/
    Romney "claimed" he created Thousands and thousands of jobs and refused to prove it;
    Romney states (I believe it was 2008) that he thought we needed Healthcare like Hezabola;
    Romney made the same mistake Cain did by stating, "Islam not inherently violent."
    While Mormons teach against Alcohol, drugs, prostitution and gambling…they own a casino in Las Vegas
    Admits his only connection to GOP is he is a registered Repubican.
    Poll voting fraud only allowing him as President not giving the option to vote for who 'We want"
    Poll sponsored and backed by George Soros;
    Romney: Mormons at one Point Declared War on the U.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War#Troop_movem

  • upaces88

    Why did Coulter pick Romney out for President OVER a year ago? http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2012/02/05/troubles-

  • upaces88

    Why are we "ASSuming" that Romney IS THE Candidate?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Errrr……….he has the votes and only Ron Paul as a contestant, like it or not?
      William

      • upaces88

        Personally? I am going to "hide and watch" to see what happens. It ain't over until the fat lady sings…as they say.

  • upaces88

    George Soros was behind this fraud:
    If you are for Romney turn this around. What IF you were sent a Poll that was already "fixed" as Obama as the President, and there was nothing you could do to change it? You have more ethics than that. I know you are a Person of character and want everyone to vote for their conscience.
    It is a poll to vote for your dream team. ONLY, when I tried to "drag" New't photo in the position where they had "Romney's Photo" it wouldn't allow me to replace Romney with Newt or anyone else for that matter. It would allow me to drag the photo to VP position. I immediately hit "return to the sender" with this in the subject line: "Do not shove Romney down our throats". I then made this viral as well as uploading it on several web sites.
    When my friends then tried to "hit return" to send the same message to "who ever" made it impossible for us to "have a choice" of OUR OWN PRESIDENT….it finally came back "un-deliverable" because they shut us out!
    I then, went back to the site below. There was a comment section in the upper right hand corner, and we all typed in "DO NOT SHOVE ROMNEY DOWN OUR THROATS!"
    Come to find out….THIS FRAUD WAS CREATED BY GEORGE SOROS. ROMNEY IS IN BED WITH SOROS with Soros….do you want another President on puppet strings? Soros has warrants out for him in several countries including Russia.

    Like, I said, you are an ethical person, and I know you DO NOT believe it is right to have our President Chosen FOR US.
    http://www.2012dreamticket.com/

  • upaces88

    Folks, we are missing the entire point here!
    ROMNEY has NOT been announced as the Candidate for the President of the United States.

    My question is: "WHY are you assuming he is?"

    • upaces88

      Where in the world did you get an idea like that?
      You sound like a nut-job.

  • upaces88

    The poll was scrubbed; however, I just found out a few minutes ago, that it is now back up.