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.

READ MORE: CNN running mate poll

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. Thinkergal

    What a collection of clowns!

    August 10, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Patriot

    It doesn't really matter. The only reason that it gets any play at all is to keep the pundits employed. We all know that Mitt is going down to the biggest defeat in U.S. history but, gosh, if the truth came out Bill, Rush, and Glen wouldn't have much to talk about.

    August 10, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Boo

    What a group of clowns! And MIke from Florida – question for you – just come out of your coma after Bush left office?

    August 10, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Gavin

    It's none of the above. The Romney choice will be a suprise and ignite the party. It will be a well recognized name and a great choice. The suspense is building and when it is announced the Democrats will be dumfounded because they didn't see it coming or expected it. it will be a game changer!

    August 10, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. JackDW

    My guess is he's waiting for a "yes" response from Mr. Burns.

    August 10, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Ferathka

    Gavin- Palin was a game changer too...that worked out well for you guys.

    August 10, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Kevin W

    Pick Bachman and put the final nail in your coffin.

    August 10, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Rick

    Folks, start reading and stop watching Hannity. Report came out yesterday. Foreclosures down 3%, housing costs up 7%, unemployment claims down last week for first time in 6 months. New housing up for first time in SIX years. How do I know this. I read. I don't place any faith in Hannity or any pundit. Start reading for yourself and make a CORRECTLY informed decision.

    August 10, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Repubs make their own rules

    Will they step off the bus? Really, thats the question? I thought it would be more along the lines of "Will they step out of the closet."

    August 10, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. buck cameron

    How about Tom Cruise?

    August 10, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. TamarS

    romney's vp choice will be irrelevant – and unable to make up for the insincere presence of romney himself. he will just choose someone he cna manipulate and who will echo him and who will just want to be in the public eye. romney is the most unintersting candidate i have ever watched. amazingly bland and unexperienced with real life. he's been in a protected rich-man's bubble for his entire life and has no real sense of what is happening in the u.s. or the rest of the world. it's very sad really.

    August 10, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Hey, Mittens, got any more of those 100K Bain jobs for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe'?

    More importantly, does anyone really care?

    August 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    @ Conservative who hilariously wrote
    "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."

    Willard wouldn't even put $10 grand on that action. POTUS has always had the edge in the EC race and now signs keep showing he's cleaning up on the popular vote too (even Faux is admitting it) as more and more people are disliking the secretive "no tax returns for you people" Romney; now after Andrea Saul's gift, the hot air crowd of Rush and Erick Erickson are saying the party's over. Chalk it up as another time facts don't align with your fantasy.

    August 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Frank

    As others have said, it doesn't matter who Mittens picks. He's a cult member who outosurced and destroyed US companies and won't show his tax returns. He's toast.

    August 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Peter

    he might as well run with the bus driver – it won't matter anyway.

    August 10, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. yessir

    To Gavin: just like palin was for the old white headed man – sure...

    August 10, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. AShah

    I wish the process to picking VP was a requirement before you can put your name down in party's primaries. If McCain had picked Palin long before, would he have gotten the party's nomination for president? Why do they wait so long? Doesnt make sense to me, just like the process to giving the electroal votes (100% or none) vs based on popular vote % a candidate gets in that state!!! Ah the simple mind I have..

    August 10, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. DarqueSide

    Who will be the real winner? Anyone Romney DOESN'T pick! No losing VP candidate has EVER gone on to win a future presidential race. So if any of them have presidential aspirations, pray Romney does NOT pick you!

    August 10, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. on StreetWise

    Somebody is probably sweating on that buss... "I'm hoping that I don't get that phone call"

    Obama in a Landslide... and a Mudslide for Mittens and his V-partner.

    August 10, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Laxraddad

    Biden is the ONLY clown along with Obama. As a resident of Delaware, I've had to endure this clown for many, many years. Wiat till the VP debate. Biden will be an embarassment to the Democratic party.

    August 10, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. sassysticks53

    Doesn't matter. Someone said Rubio would get the Latino vote. Rubio would probably get the Cuban vote; other Latinos won't vote for him and Mitt Romney.

    August 10, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. CNNgirl

    Whoever Mitt picsk as VP – one thing is certain, all conservatives and most independents will be behind him, and MSM and liberals will start digging for dirt on him/her and start a smear campaign! Obama's record will ultimately will be the outcome decider. Given how dismal it is, I will be surprised if he gets landslide victory as 'patriot in the comments has been hoping!'.

    August 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. B.

    It doesn’t really matter, he won’t help Romney and if it turns out to be Ryan, they both will Step – in it..

    August 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. labman57

    I don't know what Mitt's problem is. If he chooses a running mate who doesn't give him a bump in the national polls, then he can simply hit his reset button and pick someone else.

    August 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Pete

    If Portman has a chance at delivering Ohio, then he should be the pick.

    August 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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