Will Romney's running mate step off the bus?
August 10th, 2012
11:38 AM ET
6 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. Richard

    Does this really matter anymore?

    August 10, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. vette7274

    Doesn't matter who Romney picks. He's toast. Obama in a landslide.

    August 10, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Joe B

    Oh please pick Piyush Amrit Jindal what a hoot that would be

    August 10, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. HEHE

    "Does it really matter who this joker picks? This guy is worse then Palin, not even Jesus could help him win"


    August 10, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Jake

    So hard to pick from all these semi corpses, these guys all have one in thing in common, they have no personality, no charm, no nothing. But then again, it makes perfect sense for somebody like me who also has no personality and no charm. My left sock or maybe it's my right sock has more personality than all of us put together, said Mitt. I'm so lacking...a plastic kind of guy.

    August 10, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. DL

    The ironic part is this is the only time in his whole priviledged frat-boy life, Romney's ever been on an actual bus... it's such a commoner kind of thing

    August 10, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Joan

    Anyone would be better than Obama and Biden.

    August 10, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. open400

    Pawlenty is the safest choice. Rubio may help them carry Florida and the hispanic vote and the tea Party, but lied through his teenth about his family fleeing Castro. Ryan is too controversial, but would play to the Tea Party . Condi Rice is actually the most qualified, but has the Bush baggage. Jindal looks too much like Obama. Jon Huntsmen is well qualified, but is hated by the Party becuase he is sensible.
    Final choice – Pawlenty.

    August 10, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. SugarKube

    It doesn't matter who Romney picks for VP. The debt riddled America will tank before the election and Obama will be out for his part in destroying America.

    August 10, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "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.'

    Deep breaths...calm yourself. You sound completely unhinged and nobody is going to buy that line of malarky when you get plenty of econ and business learning in law school from classes like antitrust, business relations, corporations, UCC, commercial paper, etc. etc. etc., and the fact that Obama was a state senator for several years prior to going to DC as a federal senator makes it cound completely ridiculous to claim he has no idea how to run an office. The whole line of attack sounds wild-eyed and frantic.

    August 10, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. skeeter

    Cheech Marin would balance Romney quite well.

    August 10, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. S-Hug

    It won't matter. Rmoney's going DOWN.

    August 10, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Does this really matter anymore?"

    Depends on who you ask. If you ask most people, they'd probably tell you no. If you ask CNN's advertising department, they'd say yes and look at you like you sprouted a second head.

    August 10, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. jennifer in Houston

    Who cares.. he's lost my vote anyway and no VP choicw qill bring it back..

    August 10, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Did you ask.. step off it or in front of it?

    August 10, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Howard


    Why believe your own experience of paying more for everything, layoffs, inflation, and a shrinking economy ... when Obama and the main stream media keep telling you everything is getting better ... oh that's right, you believes what Obama tells you over your own eyes and ears. Conclusion ... you deserve to be lied to ... and, you deserve the coming economic melt down, and accompanying hardships ... but, don't worry about the Obama's, George Clooney, or Anna Winter ... they will still be able to afford their lives of luxury.

    August 10, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Nietodarwin

    Yup, whoever he picks, goes UNDER the bus career wise. Somebody beat me to the joke. The GOP is just a joke too

    August 10, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Thinkergal

    As a former resident of Louisiana, I'd say Bobby needs to stay home and do the job for which he was elected. However, from my observation he hasn't done that very well at all.

    August 10, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Jim

    How dull is a campaign, when the only news out of it is the VP pick. Even sadder is Romney dragging it out to keep his name in the news without the words "Bain", "Liberal", or "Flip-Flopper' attached to it.

    August 10, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Jon

    it is funny to see you libearl paid bloggers ... you are so out of touch with the rest of the country ... but maybe you realize that and are just doing what you are paid to do

    August 10, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Oh Hi Oh

    No GOP candidate has claimed the presidency – EVER – without winning Ohio.

    Game over.

    It has to be Rob Portman.

    August 10, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Anonymous


    "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."
    Do you live in some sort of alternative reality? Have you actually looked at the demographics of Democrats vs. Republicans? Ever wonder why the photo at the Republican National COnvention looks like a group of overweight, fearful, narrow-minded white radicals? It's because that's their base. Do you know the recession started during the Bush Administration with over 8 million jobs lost BEFORE President Obama took office? Have you seen the obstructionism of the Republicans to prevent a recovery? Have you seen the Republicans continue to fight for the rich rather than the middle class? Do you know the President has a Law Degree from Harvard? Are you some moronic Jr.s High loser with right-wing parents who rant at the dinner table? Have the other boys been bullying you? Get help!

    August 10, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Rick


    Anyone would be better than Obama and Biden.

    Please expain why.

    August 10, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. keith

    I do not know if anyone Romney chooses is going to have that big of an impact on his campaign either way. Most of the names that have been floated through our media have already been vetted in the public eye in previous years (Pawlenty, Jindal, Ryan) so it won't be such a huge surprise when the pick is named. The main reason why the Palin choice had such a huge initial impact with McCain is that no one knew who she was, but eventually that ended up hurting his campaign when the public slowly discovered that she was grossly unqualified for the position. Romney won't make the same mistake this election cycle.

    August 10, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. iamgrunge

    Mitt Romney wants to forever put a ban on gay marriage. That should be enough of a reason not vote for him.

    There's fighting for "traditional marriage", and then there's being a decent human being. That's the black and white way of putting it.

    August 10, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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