Potential VPs to hit the trail with Romney
August 6th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Potential VPs to hit the trail with Romney

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will be joined by a trio of potential vice presidential picks on his upcoming bus tour through four battleground states, sources confirmed to CNN Monday.

The presumptive GOP nominee will stump with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on his tour, which begins Saturday.

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CNN's Peter Hamby first reported Romney's bus tour last week, noting that he would be joined by GOP heavyweights on his stops.

The Republican candidate's campaign announced Monday they were dubbing the trip through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio "The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class."

McDonnell, Rubio and Portman have all been the subject of media guesswork as potential running mates for Romney, though each has declined to speculate themselves on becoming the vice presidential candidate.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman • Veepstakes
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    "The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class."

    Gee, Mittens is proposing all the failed Bush/GOP policies that resulted in a huge redistribution of wealth upwards, a shrinking of the Middle Class, the Great Recession, record outsourcing of Middle Class American jobs, and very little "job creation" here in the states when taxes were cut for the rich.

    My bad, I was assuming by "stronger," Mittens meant more prosperous, when he obviously means to leave standing only the lucky few who don't get wiped out by his policies.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 6, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    Gov. Bob McDonnell can't even win VA for Romney – So I don't even know why he is being considered!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    August 6, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Trying out potential VPs = finding someone who (hopefully) will replace flip-floppy, lying, no-core Mormon Mittens when he dies in office

    August 6, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The Gop bafoons party clown bus again ,please bypass fort myers ,fl or get egged !!!! Where's your tax returns wimp romney ??????

    August 6, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Roger Cotton

    Talk about a dog and pony show...sheez!

    August 6, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    Who cares? Everyone knows it will be Rubio, hoping he will bring in the Latino vote. We still want to see those taxes Willard.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 6, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Brian Yorke

    If he actually has a plan it will be the first of his camapign.

    August 6, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The entire republican party is one big invasive procedure. So, it will be good for our country when they are once again rejected.

    August 6, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens does not get the vote suppressed this election, Mittens could be rejected even more than Barry Goldwater was.

    August 6, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Bootstomper

    Where's Christie? Oh that's right they left him at the all you can eat pork bun restaurant.

    August 6, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    Romney is going to choose Portman. He needs to choose someone blander than him. Rubio will steal the spotlight like Palin did with McCain. And for those who think Rubio will help with the latino vote.....think again. Rubio is Cuban. Cubans have a different set of rules than other latinos when it comes to immigration. Other Latino groups are not going to vote for Romney because of Rubio.

    August 6, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Natalie

    OMG....is that the best old Mittens can do? Pathetic. If money buys this election, we are all in trouble. That is of course unless you are one of the 1%. Show us your tax records, Mittens! We won't let this go, especially not after the crap the birthers created for no good reason; pure hysterics.

    August 6, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    WOW mitt romney will soon have a 400 pound lead weight dragging on the sandy
    ocean bottom taken him down he's done
    No matter his VP pick all the possible VP know his former Governor of Massachusetts tax history who ever runs with mitt romney their political career is over

    August 6, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Cj

    Good Job

    August 6, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. California Gary

    Don't know why any self respecting politician would want to be on the ticket with Romney. It's a career ender......

    August 6, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Jeff in Virginia

    Don't be fooled- Bob McDonnell is actually crazier than Mitt Romney. I've seen what he's done to my state, and it ain't pretty.

    August 6, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. rla

    Good luck

    August 6, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Ed FL

    Big shame that 4/5 Decent politicians are going to get messed up in their career by running with or associating with Romney as a VP candidate. This loser will never get elected due to his past and present denial of bringing to light the honesty a President needs to make .Most of his money in oversea destinations to avoid American taxes. The American public isn't buying that tail and he will never get elected.

    August 6, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. george of the jungle

    What does it matter we still are stuck with mitt. And if elected he will lie about everything as he does now. Show us your tax returns mittens. Tell us about the money off shore and how you created all those jobs and the 12 million you will create if elected. What are you going to out source them all to china and india???? Forward 2012

    August 6, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    The three potential VP candidates are sadly in the same league as Palin. What a pitiful and deficient list of potential VP canddiates.

    August 6, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Name

    How long more we have to wait for the VP for Mitt Rommey to pick?

    August 6, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Another set of test runs? It doesn't matter who he picks because it isn't going to help against Obama.

    August 6, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. mk1

    I sure hope this does not show up twice, if so I am sorry. Let's see, first we have governor ultrasound, then actually senator Bush economic policy, and finally senator my family were political refugees before they weren't.

    August 6, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. JerseyGirl

    That is Governor Ultrasound you are talking about, governor of Virginia. Seems like the only one who doesn't have any baggage is Portman of Ohio. He seems to be well-liked by even Democrats (well, that won't be allowed!) and he is just as boring as R-money. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? Romney Hood will never ever be president. Sorry. LOL.

    August 6, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. Larry L

    You're wasting our time until we see the tax returns! You want us to trust your with our future but you don't trust us with information about your integrity. You're hiding something!

    August 6, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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