CNN Running Mate Poll: Who are these guys?
Mitt Romney standing with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a rumored potential running mate pick.
August 9th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
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CNN Running Mate Poll: Who are these guys?

Washington (CNN) - They don't get a vote, but if they did, who would rank and file Republicans want as their party's vice presidential nominee?

According to a new national poll, although there is no favorite among Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin top the list. But the survey indicates that the candidates Mitt Romney may be considering as his running mate are not well known.

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A CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday indicates that 28% of Republicans would like to see Rubio as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's running mate, with Christie and Ryan tied at 16% apiece.

No other potential running mate tested on the poll, including Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, crack double digits.

So who will Romney choose?

"When Republicans are asked to put on their pundit caps, Rubio again comes out on top with 30% predicting that Romney will tap the freshman senator, who's very popular among conservatives," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But again the field is divided. One reason is that the guys on Romney's presumed short list are not well-known to most Republicans, or to most Americans."

Although Rubio tops the list, for example, four in ten Republicans and nearly half of all Americans are unfamiliar with him. According to the survey, a majority of Americans are also unfamiliar with Ryan, and a whopping 72% have no impression of Portman.

"The good news for Romney: Without a clear favorite in the running, he is probably free to pick whomever he likes without angering a significant chunk of the party. And politicians who are not well known by the general public tend to arrive with very little baggage, giving them the opportunity to make a good first impressions on the public," adds Holland.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International, with 1,010 adults nationwide, including 419 Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points for questions only answered by Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • CNN/ORC International poll • Mitt Romney
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. BinaryTooth

    I'll tell you that they are a bunch of guys trying to take my welfare money away. I'm so tired of people talking about how bad the economy is and how they hate paying lots in taxes, but I'll guarantee you that you can pay more in taxes. You might have to tighten your belt some or send your kids to public schools but you can pay more taxes. There's families like mine that really need and deserve this money. You take food for granted but we can't.

    August 9, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    Why keep trotting out this Marco Rubio=Anchor Baby character? He has
    nothing to say and basically no one gives =Running on Empty aka joke

    to the GOP A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general
    population of the Hispanic community.

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrantgroup over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential

    Rubio is a crook, and a liar.

    No more needs to be said

    August 9, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Sanity

    What does CNN know about Obama? His college transcripts?

    August 9, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Adam

    Can't tell if BinaryTooth is seriously whining about welfare, while ON THE INTERNET.

    Priorities man, priorities.

    August 9, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Ajay Jain

    There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here's John F. Ince's list. What's yours?

    1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

    2 • Romney's job creation claims are inflated and unrealistic. Mitt Romney's professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.

    3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government's ability to get its fiscal house in order.

    4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.

    5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it's difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.

    6 • Romney's worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.

    August 9, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Ajay Jain

    Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals:

    1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12]

    2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12]

    3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12]

    5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12]

    6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News]

    7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11]

    9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12]

    10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”

    August 9, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Romney won't be able to find anybody as senile and crazy as Joe Biden so will have to settle for somebody that is simply competent and sane.

    August 9, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Ajay Jain

    Two-Faced Willard

    "I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital" – Mitt Romney
    "I was the Sole shareholder, Sole director, Chief executive officer and President of Bain" – Mitt Romney

    "The Arizona immigration policy is a good model" – Mitt Romney
    "I didn't really support the Arizona immigration policy" – Mitt Romney

    “The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” – Mitt Romney
    “Healthcare reform should be left to the states” – Mitt Romney

    "Let Detroit go bankrupt" -Mitt Romney
    "I'll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry" -Mitt Romney

    “I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” – Mitt Romney
    “Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” – Mitt Romney

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” – Mitt Romney
    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” – Mitt Romney

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” – Mitt Romney
    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” – Mitt Romney

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” – Mitt Romney
    “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” – Mitt Romney

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” – Mitt Romney
    "There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” – Mitt Romney

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” – Mitt Romney
    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” – Mitt Romney

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” – Mitt Romney
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” – Mitt Romney

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” – Mitt Romney
    "I don’t support any gun control legislation.” – Mitt Romney

    August 9, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    ROBme running mate his "taxes"

    August 9, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Ahh, the picture looks like 2 that are in love. How sweet.

    August 9, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Michael

    Who cares! Repuglican zombies have one taste in their mouthsthe "poor, unemployed, middle class and senior citizens." They will eat all their resources and benefits up with tax cuts for the "rich!" The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest five percent of Americans cost the U.S. Treasury $11.6 million every hour, according to the National Priorities Project. Between 2001 and the current projected end of the Bush tax cut extension, tax cuts for the wealthiest 5 percent will cost the U.S. Treasury $1.184 trillion. If extended through 2021 as gop lawmakers propose, the total cost will exceed $3.2 trillion.

    August 9, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    CNN many don’t recognize Republican’s names , you have use the nicknames like ultrasound governor

    August 9, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. drake mallard

    Romney 'Worst Republican' to Face Obama

    Romney's campaign is based on the notion that because of what he did at Bain he understands the economy. It's perfectly reasonable to examine what his experience at Bain really taught him. After all, Bain wasn't in the business of creating jobs, it was in the business of making money

    The high unemployement is due to people like romney out sourcing. that's why middle class Americans are suffering so much.

    August 9, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Reggiedw

    Keep voting for Obama but if he gets a second term and your jobs are gone and your house goes in foreclosure, nothing can be done until 2016 but it might too late then. So keep on voting for Obama and become a loser.

    August 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. george of the jungle

    who cares who he picks they are going to loose anyway. Bunch of rich repos that don't care about the middle class or this country. Look at all the good stuff congress has done this year. Not! and now they take a vacation. Vote all repos out Move Forward 2012

    August 9, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Rommey himself has shown us he alone is not qualified for the job of President so why would we think any of these no-name Republicans would offer any better. Romney cannot pick a real leader for VP because that person would just show even more clearly what a terrible choice Republicans made with Romney. What bothers me most about Romney is his dishonesty. There is not one issue he has not lied about, not one thing about President Obama he has not run a totally false ad on, and here we are in August and we have NO idea what Romney is FOR on any issue, policy,or principle. I stand with President Obama – a true leader with actual values, character, integrity, solutions, and a true love and hard work demonstrated of and for the American People – ALL of us. Obama 2012 and an all Democratic Congress is how we recover fully. Obstructionist Republicans must go so the President can work with reasonable people in Congress to pass JOBS and Infrastructure, and sane deficit reduction.

    August 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. george of the jungle

    romney ia a fool and no vp he picks will help. Biden is so far aheaad of any of them in experience. Repos are just sour grapes and it shows. Forward 2012 rich fat cats need not apply.

    August 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Keep voting for Obama but if he gets a second term and your jobs are gone and your house goes in foreclosure, nothing can be done until 2016 but it might too late then. So keep on voting for Obama and become a loser."

    Don't worry...we fully expect taht if Obama wins and the GOP maintains control over the House, they will try to inflict exactly those kinds of tragedies on the middle-class in order to punish us for voting for Obama and ruin Obama's record. In other words, the THREAT that the GOP is to the middle-class is already duly noted.

    August 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Kenny K


    What does CNN know about Obama? His college transcripts?
    We have not seen Romney's transcripts either? Since both of them are running for president, you should have the same requirement for both of them. Also, don't forget that we are still waiting to see Romney's tax returns for the past 20 years.

    FYI, he (Romney) may have used IRS Code Section 382 to receive non-taxable income when he acquired distressed companies and used their net operating losses (NOLs).

    August 9, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |