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The VeepStakes: First, do no harm (who's your choice?)

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Jul 18, 2012

The presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, Mr. Romney, is in the process of vetting potential presumptive running mates, using the title mantra as the campaign’s guide star. In so doing, he hopes to avoid the mistakes of the two most recent unsuccessful candidacies: a high-maintenance distraction (McCain) or a choice whose own presidential ambitions would outweigh the current campaign in terms of hew-ability to the nominee’s line (Kerry – the rich array of other flaws that made John Edwards a poor choice was not yet as evident in 2004).

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

Gaaah -- upon further review: Mr. Rubio's grandfather's immigration situation was initially legal (non-refugee), then illegal when he went back to Cuba and later tried to return -- he was denied refugee status at that time, and was formally deported, although he did not leave. Then he regained/retained legal immigrant/permanent resident status five years later. Web Link

So, 1 -- I apologize for the misstatement. Drat.

And 2 -- this immigration stuff was/is a very difficult maze for many people to navigate.

And 3 -- I also forgot to include former Governor Tim Pawlenty as a strong possibility.

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Posted by Hoosier
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

What about Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels? He stood up to the public employee unions and drastically cut the fat and waste in the state, and he previously served in the Reagan and Bush Administration.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

They couldn't do worse than Sarah Palin. So, pretty much any selection is a move up.

But, perhaps I underestimate the Republicans' ability to shoot themselves in the foot again.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

@Hoos: I think Daniels gave the Republican response to the State of the Union, which was my only experience with him -- pretty drab performance. At least he wouldn't outshine his boss!

I've also heard Bobby Jindal's name bandied-about. He sort of reminded me of Mr. Rogers, but I don't know what he's accomplished as Gov.

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Posted by underdog
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Didn't see VA's Gov. Bob McDonnell mentioned, but he has been vetted. He loves guns, is big on drilling, is against same sex marriage, he's in a swing state and might bridge the gap to other southern states. He's drawn the ire of women with the "vaginal probe". He's irked minorities and has done his best to redistrict a tilt to the GOP in VA. Like Romney, he has no foreign policy experience and supports repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. He's pro-life, enacted extreme budget cuts for social programs and education, and has tried budget incentives to keep jobs in VA (without much success). He also has that sleepy toothy smile that we all love to see on large swamp lizards and might not mind doing time in the recessive VP hidey hole. He is Roman Catholic, but he seems to push most of the right GOP VEEP right profile buttons to the right.