Veepstakes over: Paul Ryan tapped as Mitt Romney's VP candidate. See the ones who didn't get the nod

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 8:33 a.m. MDT

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At the beginning of April, Paddypower, which gives odds on political bets, opened betting on a possible VP pick for the Romney ticket. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shot to the top slot. Rubio, who has endorsed Romney, said April 4, "I'm not going to be the vice president." Rubio won the CPAC 2012 vice-presidential choice poll overwhelmingly. However, a Hotline On Call insiders poll shows enthusiasm for Rubio waning.

Positives: The Christen Science Monitor calls Rubio "young, charismatic and serious about policy." His Hispanic heritage would also be a big boon.

Negatives: Why settle for No. 2 when he could be No. 1 in a few years? Conservative writer Ann Coulter says that he should wait. A loss on a Romney ticket could damage his future prospects.
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Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT

For the most part, Mr. Romney has a list to envy. Ms. Rice is an American first before she is a policy wonk. If Mr. Romney, as a nominee, calls, I cannot imagine he cannot persuade her to sacrifice for the country. She has been my preferred running mate for many months. She still is.

Just look at the additional alternatives: Mr. Jindal, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Christie, Mr. Ryan, all top-notch human beings and devoted Americans.

Mr. Obama is a very nice man. His experience as President has fallen short of the demands of the job. In replacing him, Mr. Romney has a bevvy of well-qualified vice-presidential choices. May he be successful in his choice.

Which reminds me: Probably the biggest mistake Mr. McCain made was choosing Sarah Palin. But that was probably the best thing to happen to Mr. Romney in 2008. The press and the populace wanted Mr. Obama (or at least the idea of Mr. Obama). We got it. It did not matter whom Mr. McCain chose, he was pretty much destined to lose. Freeing Mr. Romney for a clean run today.

Snowflake, AZ

I am sorry, but I think that is a pretty pathetic list although, I think Ms. Rice would be the best choice and choosing Ms. Palin would be the biggest mistake (again) that Romney could make. Most of those possible picks are too inexperienced, and the ones that aren't (ie. Pawlenty, Huckabee, etc.) are too anti-Romney.

Agua Dulce, TX

Sen. Ayotte would be an interesting pick, but for the most part, this list is a washed-up scorecard of has-beens or won't-take-the-job.

Not that it matters. Romney will have plenty of time come November to finish that beach house.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

My wife and I would like to see Romney to pick Ms Rice. Those list I don't know.

Charlotte, NC

Obama has shown us that experience matters after all. After 3.5 years of the least experienced president in American history, it would be nice to have someone who is actually ready for the job. This is where Mitt shines. He has a long list of accomplishments. He can actually handle it.

Unfortunately, some of the most appealing VP possibilities are not all that experienced. I would love to see Nikki Haley on the ticket. She has a bright future in politics. I just wish she had been governor a little longer.

Sandy, UT

Rubio! Charisma, Conservative credentials and the Florida and Latino vote will help Romney beat Obama! He will need to accept the VP post for the good of the country before Obama forces his ultra expensive healthcare policies on the country and takes us down the path of Hugo Chavez over the next four years! Romney will also need to save us from the same national debt crisis path as Greece that we are already rapidly approaching under Obama!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Lots of people could BE vice president because the constitutional requirements of the job are feather light. But there is only ONE good reason that should determine the choice - who would make the best president in the event of something happening to the president. McCain forgot this in '08.


Neither Marco Rubio nor Bobby Jindal are natural-born citizens, so I'm not sure why they are even on this list. Both are good men, but according to Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875), neither of them would be qualified to be either President or Vice-President. A natural-born citizen is someone born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction of the United States. Rubio was born in 1971, but his parents were not naturalized until 1975. Bobby Jindal was born in Louisiana 6 months after his parents immigrated from India, and were not US citizens.

Provo, UT

Please, please, please, not Sarah Palin. Do we really want this dingbat one heart-beat away from the presidency? Besides, how could the voters of America take a republican ticket seriously if she is involved? That element got our current president into the White House.

From a pragmatics standpoint, Ayotte, Rubio, Haley, Jindal and Rice have a lot to offer - they would provide immediate appeal to those who are squeamish about Romney. Huckabee is an intriguing thought - a little strange, considering his past stature vis-a-vis Romney, but would definitely help with the evangelical vote.

Of course, when I was in college I could have made a list of six ideal girls to ask out, but that doesn't mean that any of them would necessarily say yes.

small town, Nebraska

I think condi rice would be a good choice and also John thune but he isn't well known. Palin would be a detriment.

Burley, ID

Uh ... sorry to have to correct rachy2's statements but ...

Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875), was a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled that women did not have the right to vote. Only a small part of the decision discusses what the term "natural born" means and even then the decision states that the Constitution ... "does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens."

As for Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, both were born in the United States. Rubio in Miami, Florida and Jindal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While their parents were foreign born, they were residing and living permanently in the U.S. and not just visiting. While some people like to "split hairs" and argue about what the term "natural born" means; there is little doubt that U.S. courts consider anyone born here to parents who are permanently residing here to be a natural born citizen. I have no doubt that both Jindal and Rubio would pass muster when it comes to their ability to serve as Vice-President and President.

Farmington, UT

Mitch Daniels!
1. proven track record
2. smart & speaks intelligently
3. heartland proximity
4. solid and stays on track
5. understands economic turn around
6. the contrast with irrational, incoherent, raving Biden would be priceless!
7. competent: could really do the job if need be

Carol G

Maybe Kelly Ayotte is the first female attorney general in her state but certainly not the first female attorney general in the U.S. Jan Graham, a female and excellent attorney, was Utah's attorney general years ago.

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