Romney's veepstakes: Buzz builds around Rob Portman — not Marco Rubio or Chris Christie

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  • 5 Orem, UT
    May 24, 2012 7:18 a.m.


    What do you think qualified has to do with anything? Namee me one qualification our current president had before running. He even said himself just 18 months before that he had no experience. And he still doesn't.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 24, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    Condi would be awesome.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 23, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    Romney will choose down.. He does not want to be overshadowed. Romney is in no way qualified to lead the nation and that is the sad fact. In addition, I agree with the first few commentors on the Romnay facination by the dnews--- yes we all know hw is mormon, now give us some substance on way the dnews feels that these stories are worthy other then he is mormon.

  • l.cee Ridgefield, WA
    May 23, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    Do you think the handlers would let Romney add a past Mormon (Marco Rubio) for vice presidential candidate? A childhood baptism then he returned to the Catholic church as a teen. Evangelicals could be suspicious of him.

    Or that they would want someone who would face questions on a scandal about the use of state GOP funds when he was the speaker of the Florida House? That was when he spent more than $100,000 on the GOP credit card in about 2 years time but used $16,000 of that for personal expenses. He paid it off, but isn't that playing tricky with the party funds? He said he sometimes just used the wrong card from his wallet. Responsible?

    Or how about his ties to a fellow congressman, David Rivera, who is facing a federal probe into tax evasion. They shared a town house which went into foreclosure proceedings in 2010. They only made partial payments on that mortgage for 5 mo. in 2010. Rubio recently did a fundraiser for Rivera.

    Or how about when he had two political committees he formed where some payments went to relatives?

    The handlers or even Romney would stay clear of Rubio.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 23, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Romney needs a Southerner.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    May 23, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    I would have voted for Condi Rice for president if she had wanted to run. I think the first qualification for veep is: Is the person willing? That aside, from those I think might not be totally opposed to the idea, I think former Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull would be a good choice.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    May 23, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    Boo - not Portman. You can't have two boring people running for the nomination. Polls show he'll do nothing to bring along Ohio, yet Rubio will bring along some of the Latino vote. Christie will fire up the base. I'm not sure either Rubio or Christie should be the VP, but I know Portman shouldn't be. Two old boring white guys - not going to win in November.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Romney wants brains and not glitz, neither of which Obama got with Biden.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    May 23, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    Natalie Portman would be a great VP!

    And she has intergalactic political experience!

    Oh, wait...

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 23, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Oh pulease...the order of qualifications is really 1) number crunching and 2) card-carrying member of the NRA? How is this supposed to help us reform the mess we have in Washington and sort out our foreign policy? I could really care less about whether or not someone hunts.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    Surveys of the public favor Condi Rice (she won't get it, she's pro-choice). Rob Portman is the popular choice among political insiders. After all, insiders liked Romney to win the nomination (they also liked Pawlenty and Huntsman, but of course insiders aren't the voters in primaries). The thing is, the VP selection is done solely by insiders. It's not voted on by the people. After the Sarah Palin debacle they really want to pick someone who won't outshine Romney. Portman is a popular pick because he's low-key, a safe selection, and from a swing state. The downside to him is that he was Bush's budget director for a time. Oh, and polls showed that Rubio would only help Romney by 1 point in Florida (same goes for Christie in New Jersey and McDonnell in Virginia). #1 rule about VPs... first do no harm. Few people are convinced to vote for a candidate because of the VP pick, but people can be convinced to vote against a candidate because of the VP pick (like with Palin). It may not be Portman... but check his stock on intrade.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 23, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Romney should take Hillary Clinton to help bring in the consumers.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 23, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    My preference is for Huckabee, Petraeus, or Portman (in no particular order). These are experienced leaders who could be president and will be a net positive for the campaign.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 23, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    I like both Rubio and Christie and I would probably like Rubio the most. But, Romney needs Ohio.

  • Uncle Lindy Wasilla, AK
    May 23, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    The best and most qualified person to be Vice President is Condolezza Rice. And I think Mitt Romney can convince her to accept...

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 23, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Where did this story come from? Where is the factual info supporting this theory that Portman is the man? Yesterday a survey showed Condelessa Rice as the most highly supported Vice-Presidential Running mate. Another Poll showed Marco Rubio. Both would broaden the appeal of the Republican Party and draw in groups that could help sway additional states voters affecting the Electoral College vote! Portman showed in these polls at 1 percent. So I guess any poll showing him in the lead was done in his district.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    May 23, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    Here's what I think happens in a Deseret News Staff Meeting. It is similar to a Tony Robbins seminar.

    There are only a dozen articles in the paper this morning about Mitt Romney's greatness. We need to get more! It doesn't matter if it is newsworthy, just keep finding more on Mitt! We must have more Mitt Romney in our paper! Now get out there and find and speculate more about Mitt! Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!

    Everyone at that point stands on their chairs and cheers.