Will Romney's running mate step off the bus?
August 10th, 2012
11:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Will Romney's running mate step off the bus?

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney hits the road for his four-state bus tour this weekend, could he possibly reveal his running mate pick on the road?

Starting Saturday, the presumptive GOP nominee will blaze through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio - all battleground states in this fall's election.

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With less than three weeks before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, speculation has been simmering over who Romney will announce as his vice presidential nominee. The candidate, however, has remained tight-lipped about his prospects, saying only he, his wife Ann, and adviser Beth Myers know the full details of the decision process.

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But political observers have a few names in mind, most of whom have been high-profile surrogates for Romney's campaign in recent days, further stirring the pot of suspicion.

What to look for on the bus tour? Three of the states on Romney's route feature top lawmakers rumored to be on the candidate's shortlist. Those names include: Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who Myers has said sits on the deep bench of "qualified Republicans," Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the only contender who Romney has publicly confirmed he was considering, and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who has received an increased amount of attention in recent weeks while taking the trail for Romney.

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Also rumored to be on the list–but whose home states aren't on the bus tour itinerary–include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Both have been stumping for Romney this week in battleground states.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is another name drawing heavy buzz. While he hasn't been as active on the trail for Romney, he has nonetheless been a vocal supporter of the presumptive GOP nominee.

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But who are these guys? A recent CNN/ORC International Poll shows that of the several names thought to be considered, Americans are most familiar with Rubio, although four in ten Republicans and nearly half of all Americans are unfamiliar with him.

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Romney's campaign won't be the only one out on the highways. The Democratic National Committee will shadow the bus tour, making stops along the same path as the Romney bus in an effort to draw a contrast between the candidate and Obama.

And recent polls show the former governor could use a boost. Three surveys released in the last two days indicate President Barack Obama has expanded his margin over Romney, less than three months before Election Day. According to a new CNN/ORC International poll, 52% of registered voters say they would back the president, while 45% are backing Romney.

READ MORE: CNN Poll: Obama holds 7-point lead over Romney


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. 89 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    Maybe Willard's TAX RETURN's will step off the bus too... it won't matter whom he picks for his running mate. The Party of NO has no viable candidate, no platform, no policies (deficits don't matter), no solutions (except to give more of our hard earned $$ to the wealthy), refuses to compromise (hence the impending fiscal cliff) and no chance in Nov.
    I hear the circus is pulling into Tampa soon...

    August 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. glen71

    Has Mitt ever been on a bus???? He can try all he wants, he will never come across as the common man. All that money spent for nothing!

    August 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Sorensen

    Does anybody with a brain care?

    August 10, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. myviewis

    Let me guess, the people backing the president are all those people I saw yesterday being interviewed who have no idea who Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi and they are Democrats voting for Obama, this people have no idea about the issues, not even about Hillary Clinton!!!!! Obviously those backing president Obama have no idea of the financial stress Americans have been going through, the long lines of unemployment that is just not getting better, the families that have exhausted their savings and are boworring money from whoever and who never thought they would be applying for government assistance, on foreclosure, high gas prices, small business struggling to make payroll and food prices are up with a terrible drought that is not getting helped, Black unemployment is ridiculously high and are ignored by this president. How ridiculous that these people favor keeping president Obama in the White House and on top of that many had no idea on the interviews that this guy had no experience running anything and had never really worked!!!!! He doesn't even have the academics for this the job of president. Yeah, I guess they all think being president is a joke, a job to sit around and do much of nothing and that is why they don't think academics in economics, accounting, public & economic development, finance, financial management, administration, etc... is important nor do they think that this person should have experience running a city, a state, a government office.

    August 10, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "As Mitt Romney hits the road for his four-state bus tour this weekend, could he possibly reveal his running mate pick on the road?"

    Whoever he chooses will in all likelihood not make much of a difference. By the time he does reveal his running mate three quarters of Americans will have already tuned out permanently. A Pawlenty, a Portman, a Rubio, (etc, etc) aren't going to give much to a ticket headlining Mitt Romney. All the money in the world can't fix this particular clown show.

    August 10, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    It should only be newsworthy if whomever chooses to go down with Mitt the twit's sinking ship is coming off the bus carrying 12 years of Willard's most recent tax returns for all of us to examine.
    Son of boss.
    Release the taxes Willard.

    August 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. obama victim

    it is sad that a country that has produced Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy R, FDR, JFK, Reagan.....is now reduced to these choices......Romney is a loser and Barry is a national disgrace....300 million people and these are the choices? left or right...no one can honestly think the country is in good shape, and has any prospects to get better no matter who wins.......I fear for our country

    August 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. MaryM

    Please, please pick Ryan or Rubio. lol, please

    August 10, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. robert jay1

    My question is how will he get to the bus? On Romney's private jet paid for with tax money he never paidon money he made by putting people out of work?
    Great way to announce a runnnig mate or should i say a head nodder?

    August 10, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    My guess is that it's still Portman... but Christie might get the nod.

    August 10, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Will Romney's running mate step off the bus?"

    Patience...they have to get him a stepstool first...the short bus doesn't have the hydrolics to lower itself and make the stairs easier.

    August 10, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. southernwonder

    everybody deserves a 2nd chance. let it be sarah palin.

    August 10, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that any of these choices would really help Romney get elected.

    @obama victim - how you're feeling is normal. If there was less money involved and more people active from other parties voting, then we would have more from the Libertarians, Greens, Socialists, Conservatives to name a few. It would be nice to see more parties on the national stage.

    August 10, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. SafeJourney

    Who is willing to lose with the Mitt? Ryan?

    August 10, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. neil

    Yawn! Who cares who his VP pick is. Either way he is not going to get my vote nor does obama.

    August 10, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Besides Rove, who Romney will pick to orchestrate the GOP’s war in Iran; the other strongest candidate is Cantor who may hinder more than help with Independents and fence folks.

    August 10, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Durundal

    I love how everyone here has unreasonable expectations either for or against government, and judge accordingly based on their own personal lack of understanding. The myth of the rational voter rears its ugly head yet again.

    August 10, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. ED FL

    The best way for ROMNEY to get applause from other than his paid staff would be to take President Obama on his tour and have him get off the bus first. Romney is a dim bulb and not a very enduring POLITICIAN. He wants to be treated as a KING ,we do not have Kings in the US except in Banks to like to be treated like royalty.

    August 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. pam

    Mike Huckabee please.

    August 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Conservative

    it really doesn't matter who romney chooses. the die has been cast. obama is going to lose in a big way. it is practically impossible for him to win. and rightly so.

    August 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. bcm

    Wow! What an exciting bunch to choose from!

    August 10, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Turbo

    "The candidate, however, has remained tight-lipped about his prospects, saying only he, his wife Ann, and adviser Beth Myers know the full details of the decision process."

    And even fewer know the true story of his non-release of tax returns and whether or not he paid any taxes. Mr Romney If you did pay taxes...release the tax returns and make everyone shut-up. If you didn't pay any keep quiet and everyone knows you didn't....

    August 10, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    TRUMP! The only great CHOICE.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 10, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    glen71

    Has Mitt ever been on a bus???? He can try all he wants, he will never come across as the common man. All that money spent for nothing!
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    Flip rides around in a limo with a driver. The only bus he's ever been on is the one at the prep school where he and his buddies cut a gay kids hair 'cause htey thought it was funny. Then again, he probably got chauffered there so I guess he's never been on a bus

    August 10, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. carlos

    A hyena will make a great pick instead of the 6 'tards pictured here and where is the monstrosity from NJ?

    August 10, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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