Who will be Mitt Romney's VP?

PaulBot415 2012/06/11 08:03:56
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Washington (CNN) - His name is bantered about all the time in the media as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, but a new poll indicates that more than half of Americans don't know enough about Rob Portman to form an opinion of the Republican senator from Ohio.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 51% of the public says they have no opinion of Portman, a former cabinet official in George W. Bush's White House and former congressman. While high, that's lower than the 81% who said in a CNN/ORC International poll in mid-April they didn't know enough about Portman to form an opinion. Since then Portman's become more visible on the campaign trail as a Romney surrogate and has appeared more in the media.

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Nineteen percent of those questioned in the new survey say they have a favorable impression of Portman, with three in ten saying they see him in an unfavorable light.

Even among just Republicans, voters are divided, with Portman having a 21%-22% favorable-unfavorable rate.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, whose name also comes up as a possible running mate for Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, is a bit better known nationwide. According to the poll, 39% say they don't know enough about the freshman senator to form an opinion. Thirty-two percent say they have a favorable impression of Rubio, with 29% saying they see him in a negative light. Among Republicans only, Rubio has a 46%-14% favorable-unfavorable rating.

Portman's and Rubio's low name recognition nationally is nothing new for potential running mates, who in past cycles have also often not had strong profiles.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is much better known, thanks to his years in office and his family connection to his father and brother, both former presidents. Only 19% say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. Among all Americans, the poll indicates 36% have a favorable view of Bush with 45% holding an unfavorable rating. Among Republicans only, Bush has a 63%-19% favorable-unfavorable rating. Asked about being a running mate, Bush told CNN last Friday that "I won't do it."

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted May 30-June 3, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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  • RogerRover 2012/06/16 14:15:16
    Rob Portman
    I like Rice, West or Rand
  • Marcus Clark 2012/06/12 02:18:38
    Rob Portman
    Marcus Clark
    Good choices would be West or Rice.
    Bad choices would be Rubio or Jindal (almost a guaranteed loss with either of these.)
    Probably bad choice would be Jeb Bush (it's too early for another Bush on the ticket.)
    Donald Trump? Ron Paul? Are those comedy answers?
    Problem with Portman is lack of name recognition.
  • Superman 2012/06/11 15:54:14
    Rob Portman
    Thats funny, I've been mentioning Portman for weeks now.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/06/11 14:01:58
    Rob Portman
    Rebel Yell
    Jeb Bush has said there is no way he will be Romney's running mate. It's not clear why Willard hangs around with Trump. He won't be on the ticket either and neither will Ron Paul who has an entirely different message than Mitt. That would be oil and water.

    Portman is fairly well received in Ohio and Romney would love to have that state. Romney has few friends in the Republican party. One is Tim Pawlenty who has campaigned tirelessly since Day One for Mitt. He may tap him , which would be a mistake, but Mitt may want to reward Pawlenty.

    Although Mitt plays it down on the campaign trail, he has always been very involved with Mormonism. He would want someone who could also court the evangelicals in the Tea Party without beating the religious drum too loudly. Mitt wants no questions about his faith.
  • JMCC 2012/06/11 11:11:42
    Jeb Bush
    "Who will be Mitt Romney's VP".

    Don't you mean "running mate"?

    Donald Trump would be a poor choice as between the two of them the election campaign might as well drop the Republican ticket and run as the "Corporates" and would only be appealling to those people who are CEO and business owners.

    A smart move would be to have Ron Paul as his supporters are publically stating that if RP is not the presidential candidate they will vote Obama or not at all... The problem with this is that Ron Paul may refuse because not only has Romney's electioneering in this race has shown just how underhand and untrustworthy he can be.

    After all if Romney can disenfracnise voters who disagree with him, what care does that show for the rights of those that disagree with him? Prepare for a dictator then,

    The Bush name is known and will carry the oil states votes - which are going to be badly needed, because honestly - I don't think the people trust the selfcentred and dictatorial manner of his politics.
  • PaulBot415 JMCC 2012/06/12 00:41:57 (edited)
    Semantics. You should know that as a Jeb Bush supporter, considering what happened in the 2000 election.
  • JMCC PaulBot415 2012/06/12 08:55:15
    No semantics, because i don't support ANYBODY.
  • PaulBot415 JMCC 2012/06/13 00:44:07
    good for you, good luck with that.
  • JMCC PaulBot415 2012/06/13 11:13:54
    One flag for peace

    cornish flag

    one for war

    pirate flag at mast
  • PaulBot415 JMCC 2012/06/13 21:04:57 (edited)
    So you're an anarchist? I dig it, I used to march with the Black Bloc as a kid, but then I saw the corruption of Anarchy and it turned me away.
  • JMCC PaulBot415 2012/07/29 15:33:47
    sorry not an anarchist either ;)

    I am a Cornishman
  • Haley 2012/06/11 10:41:16
    Rob Portman
    Potentially Jindal or McDonnell as well, but I highly doubt Ron Paul or Bush will be on the ticket in 2012; they may scare off swing voters. Donald Trump will definitely not be on the ticket, Romney is not a fool. I doubt Marco Rubio and Chris Christie will be there because I don't think they'll mesh well with Romney.
  • rdmatheny Haley 2012/06/11 14:28:01
    Congressional sponsors of NDAA, beginning with Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R). As it turns out he’s the best funded congressman over this bill.

    RT reports:

    Personal information pertaining to the lawmaker has been released, and revealed that not only was Sen. Portman among the politicians to vote “aye” on the legislation, but it has also been revealed that the senator had good reason to do so.

    According to a OpenCongress.org, Sen. Portman received $272,853 from special interest groups that have shown support for NDAA.

    The article goes on to mention that several military contractors have been involved in the support of this bill:

    Among the supporters of NDAA are California-based manufacturer Surefire, L.L.C., who won a $23 million contract from the Department of Defense three months ago. Also contributing to the cause (and the lawmakers who voted ‘yes’) are Honeywell (who secured a $93 million deal with the Pentagon last May and a $24 million contract this year) and Bluewater Defense, a longtime DoD-ally that produces, among other garments, fire resistant combat uniforms.

    Read more from RT
    For those unfamiliar with NDAA:
  • ed 2012/06/11 08:52:43
    Ron Paul
    Ron Paul or Marco Rubio would be good choices so would Allen West.

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