Romney likely to pick a running mate that will please Conservatives
I don't understand why anyone would not vote for a presidential candidate
just because they are Mormon. Also I don't understand why anybody would or
should vote for a presidential candidate just because they ARE Mormon. Both are
Pragmatic is right. And if a person is a good person, principled and moral then
whatever helped be that way is not a bad thing.As to the VP... I had
been quite sure it would be Rubio, but his youth could be a problem. But
he's very bright and principled. But, I'm beginning to think Mike
Huckabee might be the best person to add some seasoning to the Romney rhetoric
and stir up the base while being practically immune from the far left attacks --
they are all old news whining. Could have a RH positive factor winning the day
for a better economy and reducing the assault on Freedoms. And I'd want him
to appoint Ron Paul to be the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. That would be
LOVE LOVE LOVE Paul Ryan. It would definitley show where they are heading.
Daryl Issa of California has not been mentioned but seems to be cleaning up
Washington with some integrity and accountability. Condeleeza Rice would be an
excellent choice. She has high positives, she is smart, would give a bounce for
international affairs. Besides she is a women and African- American which is
two gropus he needs to imrove on.
When will we admit that the Paul Ryan budget is neither bold nor passable? Most
estimates have us running deficits until the mid 2030's under his plan. Do
you really think we should wait until four or five presidents from now to stop
spending more than what we take in? It also has received zero support from
Democrats. Why? Because it not only refuses to cut defense spending, but
increases it. If you want bi-partisan support for cuts, you have to look at
everything, not just the entitlements. The Paul Ryan plan is at once too timid
and too partisan to make real progress on deficit reduction. It's time to
hear some proposals that cut defense spending and make the entitlements solvent,
something that will get Republicans and at least a few Democrats on board. Our
fiscal sanity depends on it.
I agree with first comment.
@ mama bearI too like Condeleeza Rice, but she unfortunately is
tainted by the Bush Administration, and she'd be attacked for her role in
the unpopular Iraq War. I could see pundits drawing visions of how Romney was
"going backward" to the Bush years and policies. Plus, she was a
professor, and that flies in the face of Romney's narrative that Ivy League
professors are bad for the country (yes, I know, Romney has the same education
as Obama in Harvard Law).Romney is indeed weak in international
affairs, so someone who has experience there would be helpful.One of
the challenges, however, is if Romney picked a conservative to drum up the GOP
base, he'll offend the very constituents he needs -- from women to
Hispanics (on immigration)to moderates. The most pragmatic move is
to pick another moderate... Jon Huntsman. It will never happen, but really his
mix of moderate politics and international experience would make the ticket very
competitive and show Romney isn't beholden to GOP extremists.Should Romney pick a strong conservative, his electability is sunk! Women,
Hispanics, and moderates will go for Obama.
"I don't understand why anyone would not vote for a presidential
candidate just because they are Mormon."I agree with you.But the realities are that people DO look at a persons religion, or
lack of religion in the voting booth.Why else did those on the right
go to such great lengths to paint Obama as a Muslim? Or, why was Rev Wright an
issue?Certainly there are many that would not even consider voting
for a Scientologist, a Jehovah's Witness or a Muslim for president.Heck, an admitted Atheist would similarly have no chance.In
the end, many, if not most of those claiming that ones religion should not be a
factor would use religion as a factor. And they have every right to do so.
Paul Ryan, Sara Palin, Karl Rove or even giving Dick Cheney new life with his
new heart would be alright with me. No matter who Romney chooses, he
won't get my vote, not that it matters in Utah.
"He should be picked because he is Hispanic"."She should
be picked because she is black"."He should be picked because
he is from the south"."She should be picked because she is
an attorney".Did anyone stop to think that maybe a presidential
or vice presidential candidate should be selected based on their ability to lead
while upholding the Constitution (you know, that little thing we like to call
the law of the land)?In what year did we all decide to turn
elections into a popularity contest or a beauty pageant?
Throwing out Rubio because he might be criticized for experimenting with
religion as a youth? Oh the irony...
Allan West (R-FL), off the list of 20 published the other day. His first VP
assignment could be borrowing some NRA members and leading a mob against those
communists in the Congress he was talking about, assuming, that is, that he
knows who they are and not just how many. Cheney could back him up, giving
assurances that it was all perfectly legal.
Wait just a minute, I thought that Romney IS a conservative, or was he just
"talking the talk" ?? Or, does your question imply that Romney
isn't the conservative that he was portraying himself to be ? Will the
"real" Mitt Romney please stand up!!
"Did anyone stop to think that maybe a presidential or vice presidential
candidate should be selected based on their ability to lead while upholding the
Constitution (you know, that little thing we like to call the law of the
land)?In what year did we all decide to turn elections into a
popularity contest or a beauty pageant?"The answer to question
number 1: No. See Democrat party and Barack Obama.The answer to question
number 2: 2008. See Barack Obama.
It's hard to imagine the American people being leary of electing a Catholic
as president with the vast number of Americans who are Catholic.I'm
trying to think what religion would have been so dominant back then. And I
wonder how they feel about it now.Hopefully someday, all religions will
receive equal respect in spite of their imperfections.
Mitt Romney should pick someone that will excite the republican base. I believe
Paul Ryan would do exactly that.
This is a balancing act.If Romney brings in someone far right of
him, he may "excite the base" but will alienate the moderates and
independents. And those are the folks who will decide the election.Unfortunately, what the GOP base wants, is not a winning ticket.
To "JoeBlow" I hate to tell you, but it wasn't the right wing that
started the "Obama is a Muslim" war. That was a was something that the
Hillary Clinton campaign staff started, and Hillary fueled. If you want to see
proof, go to YouTube and you can watch countless videos of Hillary fanning the
flames.Rev. Wright is an issue because of the things that he taught.
Would you question the character of a person who sat every week in a KKK
meeting? Think of it this way, Oprah left Rev. Wright's church becuase of
concern with Wright's inflammatory sermons, and that was in the late
1980's and early 1990's. (NewsWeek "Why Oprah Winfrey left Rev.
Jeremiah Wright's church.") If Obama sat in the pews of a pastor who
preached hate (according to Oprah and much of the left wing media), why is that
not significant to you?
Redshirt.I think all politics is sleazy. Yes, Hillary started it
because politicians will say and do anything to get elected. That goes for both
sides. And the right was happy to continue it on. Dont make it sound like it
was just a dem thing.Who started it is not the point. The point is that both the left and the right are happy to use religion in
order to win an election.You write "If Obama sat in the
pews of a pastor who preached hate..."Ok, lets see how
consistent you are.And if Romney sat in the pews of a religion that
excluded blacks from its high ranks"why is that not significant
to you?"Here is my feel on your last point.Rev
Wright certainly taught some things that people can disagree with. And the most
inflammatory make the news.I suspect that most of what Rev Wright
taught was fairly mainstream.Just as The majority of the
beliefs and teachings of the LDS church are mainstream and acceptable to the
vast majority of Americans. But what makes the news is the controversial
stuff.Neither are a big deal to me.
Rubio is young and he does not want to lose sohe might let it be known he wants
nothing to do with Romneys campaign that can't attract its own party let
alone some of the other party followers.Paul Ryan has to be tossed
as the VP would then overshadow the president. The president has to pick a
great support person who is not too flamboyant (McCain missed the class on that
one), who can support the presidents ideas 100% regardless if they have
merit.That means that even though are many names on the list there
are few if any are qualified and fit the bill.Unless gas goes to $7
a gallon and Yahoo and Google are wrong in picking the next presdent whoever
Mitt picks will have the same job next Decemebr as Sarah Palin enjoys now.
To "JoeBlow" during the time that " Romney sat in the pews of a
religion that excluded blacks from its high ranks", did the LDS church teach
people to hate the blacks? Yes there was a limit to what the blacks could do,
but was hatred taught like Rev. Wright taught in his church?If
"most of what Rev Wright taught was fairly mainstream" why is it that
Oprah left the church citing the continual hatred that came from him as her
reason for leaving? Also, since when is black liberation theology mainstream?
It seems like you are grasping at straws to justify Obama listening to hate
speech for 20 years. Why would you want to justify hate speech?
Thanks for showing me where "the bar" is set.
I may remind some of those of you that want a "moderate" or a
conservative such as Huckabee. First, Huckabee is NO conservative and secondly
Moderates do not win. How did we do with moderates running? First, Gerald
Ford, oopsy, we lost, second, Bobby Dole, oh, that's right, defeat and
thirdly, Johnny McCain, that didn't work out so good. It is my opinion
that the Veep is not as important as some of you think, we don't have to
look further than Joey "Plugs" Biden. However Paul Ryan or Michelle
Bachman would make great V.P.'s.
I think JC Watts would be a great pick...Plus they could break out
all those highlight videos of him beating down the competition as an OU
Romney isn't the nominee until he gets the 1,144 delegates. He is not the
GOP nominee until he gets those.Don't put the cart before the