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

    ANYONE is better than Biden the buffoon.

    August 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. EastCoast Mike

    Remember how superior Romney looked compared to the other GOP candidates? Its easy to look good next to Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, and Sarah Palin...but it's a whole new ball game when he runs against Obama.
    It really doesn't matter who he picks as his running mate.......he can't win.

    August 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Mary

    Ever wondered how many number of years of taxes Mit requested to see of his presumptive vice while his is kept seceret? His tax record scared McCain enough that he felt he wasn't qualified to be a vice. How then will he qualify to be THE president of this great nation? Go figure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. bb

    Hey cnn wheres the stories about Gibbs & Oblunders people lying about the bain commercial, wheres the story Harry Reid now doesnt have a source and is just a lying puke ?????? Shame on the guy who did the commercial must be a DEMOCRAP

    August 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. angryersmell

    At this point, as if it matters who he picks with all the stuff he has, and will keep stepping in. Romney might as well try holding his breath until America turns blue. Stick a fork in him.

    August 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It can now be reveaed who Romney's VP Pick, (Actually make that the next VP of the country) will be no, it's none of the above! It is, are you ready, Mammy Yokum !! Don't know who Mammy Yokum is?? Just Google. And just for further info Mammy is going to put you on a short leash, take away your rubber ducky, and make you eat your Peas.

    August 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Hopefully you all stay in your parents basement and continue playing world of warcraft during election day.

    August 10, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. jvance

    His pick won't matter unless it's a weird-o that alienates independents. The left and right are already dug in.

    August 10, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Paul

    What a list of contenders. Well, Romney needs some saving grace. Maybe he's more adept to picking an appealing running mate than he is in talking with commoners

    August 10, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. johnmenacherjr

    WHO cares? Maybe their horse. It seems to me the wealthy always get what they want. Work as you might you get no where, reap nothing and in the end who knows but the wealthy? no wars privalege says it all. And get excited about his billionaire pick WHY?

    August 10, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. zizewitz

    rick1948 Writes

    ""McCain's team fully vetted Romney including seeing over 20 years of his tax returns. Then, McCain decided to hire that bat-sh!t-crazy Palin over Romney. The boy is hiding something, McCain knows what it is, and if the American people knew, it would render him unelectable as President""

    This is one possible assessment. another would be that the McCain team only looked at it very rapidly, as ROMNEY never was considered seriously.

    August 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. WR

    Its a shame that Obama has resorted to lying about his accomplishments and allowing his aides and super PACS to further spread this deciept. He really could have been a great president. For instance, he saved 1 Million jobs in the auto industry, many of which weren't in jeopardy of being lost. In fact, 1 million auto worker jobs is more jobs then the auto industry is made up of. Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Mazda, etc. didn't need "saving". Our hard earned tax dollars were thrown down the tubes saving GM and Chrysler. We would have been better off letting that phoneix burn down and rise again out of the ash. Now we have government subsidized Volts that are burning up, and not selling. Don't even get me started with the money thrown away on these so called "green" companies that outsourced alot of their production out the US, only to go bankrupt, or the English style "dole" we are now creating for lazy americans. God help this country, because a hell hole is about to open up and swallow us down. No wonder the drought is getting worse.

    August 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Rick

    OMG Bird, really??? Even the top dogs in the republican party agree the bc is legit. I don't have a college degree. Does that prevent me from being president? Precisely what jobs has he outsourced? List them. I dare you. And yes he has supported Muslims. And Jews, Christians, athiests, gays,straights, white, black, purple, EVERYONE. And again list the jobs he's outsourced. Come up with some facts, not just racist rants.

    August 10, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. nolimits3333

    No tax returns, no votes!

    August 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. dowdotica

    romney is the puppet. his running mate? will be like it was with bush and cheney...

    August 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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