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. Mike/Florida

    All of these negative comments about Romney prove one thing...that the Obama robots are out in full force...out to denegrate anything and anyone that does not agree with Mr 'hope and change' and his mantra. The current President has failed to unite this Country – as was his 'promise.' He got elected without a proven record and by clever political marketing...and enough gullible voters to actually buy into his empty message of 'changing the world' and political discourse. What a crock! If you want a worse economy...and continued lack of leadership...vote for Mr O.

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

    Who ever he picks, political career will be thrown UNDER the BUS!

    August 10, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. luckjoe

    Romney 2012!

    August 10, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Griff.

    "Well it's fitten time to get smitten for the Hot Brown Rice and Mitten/Pork Chop supper. So why play likle a kitten, take it from a Briton it's gitten time for it to get bitten in."

    August 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. dreamer96

    These choices are all terrible for the middle class, Paul Rayan would give our elderly worthless health coupons..
    Mitt Romney might just as well pick his boss, Grover NORman Quest, the master race mystrey man..who thinks the top 1% should rule the world...

    August 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. john west

    trump has nothing to do with politics. He has a lot of money, and throws it around when he wants to be noticed. I would like to see his irs papers, probably a crook, just like romney.

    August 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. LIB

    @obamavictim and myviewis, amazing how even with the unemployment lines which should be shorter since the GOP promised jobs in 2010 that this president has turned around a great many things. As for experience, I would say this preisident has a lot of experience at running this country. Do you really believe Romney does. LOL! Where are the jobs he claims he can create. All Mitt and his criminals have done in congress has blocked jobs and obstructed everything this country could have done to make it better for Americans. Mitt and whoever his choice for VP will be will not guarantee your kids or mine a better future. There won't be a country left for our kids with these warmongers who have secret meetings with Cheney.,

    August 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Rick

    Yes, myviewis, the President is totally responsible for the drought, high gas prices,etc. How do you help a drought? Please explain. Do you move Lake Erie or what?? Obviously you are the one that is not aware. Isn't it interesting that gas prices ARE rising? Big oil does not want him re-elected so there you go. Not even going to get into the drought thing. He is a great President, but he is not God. He can't make it rain.

    August 10, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Danilel

    And the biggest loser is....

    August 10, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Jindal's too dark, Rubio's borderline too dark, Eddie Munster looks too much like, well, Eddie Munster, Pawlenty is dull enough to make Mittens look like he has a personality, so that's a possibility, McConnell and Portman ... maybe.

    Wow, pretty slim pickin's ... but then again, what do you expect from the GOP? Their idea of a "winning strategy" is to harm our country and then try to blame it on President Obama who's been working day and night to help us and has had great success in spite of the GOP's efforts to take us back down the toilet.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 10, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. JC in Western U.S.

    Who, in their right mind, having political aspirations, would hitch their wagon to Romney? Do you remember who was running with Walter Mondale? Michael Dukakis? George McGovern? Bob Dole?

    The answers are Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Thomas Eagleton, and Jack Kemp. Did any of them survive the experience politically? Yeah.

    August 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Perhaps Mittens should pick one of the women from the "Nuns on a Bus" tour who are going around the country explaining how the Ryan budget would harm the most vulnerable in our society?

    Oh, wait, that would require honesty and Lord knows, the GOP is clueless when it comes to that!

    August 10, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. California Gary

    It's not important who is on the bus........it's only important who he intends to throw under it. Whoever agrees to be on the ticket with him is basically announcing the end of their political career, and the start of their FOX News commentator career.

    August 10, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Roger

    Romney has the executive experience for the executive branch position. It would be nice to round out his ticket with some legislative experience as he will need to work with Congress to get things done. We have seen what happens when you pick two people with only legislative experience to lead the executive branch, failure. Let us not repeat that mistake.

    August 10, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. anthony76

    Will his Tax forms step off the bus with him too?
    Will his bus drive one of his five sons to a recruiting office for enlistment?
    Will his bus roll over more middle class people?
    Will he tie his dog to the roof of this bus?
    Will his bus float all the way to his off-shore accounts?
    Will his bus have a bus-elevator for parking?
    Will his bus make a left and right turn at the same time, then reverse being for it before it was against it?

    August 10, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. The Film Professor

    Yeah, step right up! You too can be the Assistant Captain of the SS Willard. Course dead ahead, truly dead ahead, as the SS Willard has already hit several icebergs; neocon rats better get out of the hold and onto the last lifeboat if there is one.

    August 10, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Dolly

    Bus tour will not work. Mittens needs to produce the tax return; and until he does the American people will assume he has something to hide. Mittens has flip-flop once too many for the American people.

    August 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. ST

    All these folks who are on the bus, I am sorry to say they are totally useless. If at all they are competent and believe on what they have accomplished, how in their right mind become bodyguard in order to get a job???? It is totally absurd even campaigning for Romney while their names are just on the billboard. It is Romney who is looking for help and not vice versa!

    August 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. SafeJourney

    When the Mitt can eloquently delineate some actual policy points that he believes in, I might listen but I doubt he has the moral gravitas to actually to take a stand.

    August 10, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. oneSTARman

    Romney is LOSING in the POLLS so he will get DESPERATE and Pick Michele Bachmann for his PALIN. Its NOT as Far Fetched as you Might Think – the PURPOSE of a VP on a CAMPAIGN is to Say all the CRAZY BS The Presidential Candidate CAN'T Say. Think JOE BIDEN.

    August 10, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Jim

    Stop speculating He will reveal his choice when he feels l ike it. All these "informed" analysts have no clue.

    August 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Ferathka

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

    August 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. cleareye1

    The Republicans are really getting desperate now. Palin is a loser for them so they go for the next best media maven, the embarrassing Trump.
    How do they expect independents like me to take them seriously? They want their convention to be a version of some cheesy reality show?
    Imagine what Eisenhower, Taft , Goldwater, Nixon, even Reagan, would think about this sideshow event?

    August 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Rick

    Anthony76. Hilarious!!!!!!

    August 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Debby

    I hope its Rubio he is a big up and comer for the GOP and he is SMART.

    August 10, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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