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. kevgood


    nobody cares

    this story is a better cure than lullabyes and sleeping pills for sleep deprivation.

    August 10, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. emmitt gremillion

    I think so. I'll tell you w. He has lost stem and no believes or trust that rascal. So somethging got give....Peace

    August 10, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "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."

    I have to agree. I saw the headline and a million things went thru my head. "Clown cars" of course was up there...and I also kinda like "the mothership." These 6 spacecadets would be more at home helping Curiosity take photos on Mars right now.

    August 10, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Rick

    Put everything else aside. The guy put a dog on the top of his car and beat up a kid in high school because he thought he was gay. How in God's name can anyone vote for this guy just based on that?

    August 10, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Betsy

    JOSEPH SMITH! Mitt's Guru!

    August 10, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Reid aide divulges details on source of Romney tax claim - then retracts. Here is your democratic party ! Always lying, never accountable, always leak information and get US Soldiers killed. wow, just wow.

    August 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. NotFooledByDistractions

    Who really cares? The vp pick isn't going to rescue romney and his flailing campaign of lies and deceit.

    August 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. yuri pelham

    Think of Truman. Think of Ike. Think of Johnson. Think of Reagan and the elder Bush.
    Now explain, in this new millenium why we are CURSED with such mediocrity ( except for Biden). Our country is going down for the count.

    August 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Kimberly

    Sad thing is, that anyone of these men would be a better choice than mitt romney. Maybe not this time around, but in 2016. I do not agree with ANYTHING that these men stand for, but honestly they are way more sane than romney. I cant imagine that any of them would want to hurt their shot at running against Obama in 2016. They have to know Romney has no shot.

    August 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Alina1

    Looking at them makes me feel like Sarah doesn't look as bad anymore....

    August 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. sassysticks53

    @Gavin; LOL! Yeah, like Palin was the "game changer." How'd that work out for ya? I say bring on this "game changer!" Can't wait to meet him/her/it.

    August 10, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. yuri pelham

    Pat Buchanan

    August 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Kimberly

    oops, running against CLINTON in 2016

    August 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Age of Fools....

    The choice of Vice-pres seems to TAke center-stage...."why" we ask...None of the FAces in the Photo-galary inspire on one hand but on the other hand lets remember 2008-with all the hoopla and here we are full of disapointment...So, perhaps we need less likability and more capability....The choice is clear....any of the six will make a good running-mate for Romney....after-all its who will lead that counts..........!

    August 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Abeslom

    He'll definetly anounce a VP withing the next couple of days in order to change the subject from his tax return! However, I don't know how long he cand drag this thing while refusing to show his tax returns to the voters!

    August 10, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. nolimits3333

    What's the difference between Mitt Romney and LBJ?

    Romney found a way out of Vietnam!

    August 10, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Alan Page

    After his disastrous tour to Europe...(London).. he needs someone to boost his campaign ..but not to fly above him.. Hard to tell. By the way Mitt, London delivered.

    August 10, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I think Rafalca would be a better choice!

    August 10, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. What?

    Bozo would be a better choice, in my opinion

    August 10, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Keith A. Sillsbury

    the more we look at what the repubs have to offer as cadidates and congressmen the more I pitty their pathetic breeding grounds with their narrow views and backward thinking. Everything they take for granted that enriches all our lives including theirs came from open mindedness and a want for new things, change from the way things are, new directions and all they want is to enslave and control all aspects of our lives. They won't be happy until we all revert to being quakers.

    August 10, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. emmitt

    I think he will. He's lost steam. Needs a boost anyway he can. Will it help? I don't think so. No one trust him but the far right in his party, I think.

    August 10, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. TPF

    Bobby Jindal has proven that he does not know what he is doing especially by ruining public education in Louisiana.
    He selected a very inexperienced Superintendent of Education who is a yes man and has no business being in this position. Jindal now has a "Dictator Style" agenda and anyone that disagrees with him gets fired. Louisiana Politics is worse than ever. It will take years to undo what Jindal and White have done to the education system in Louisiana.
    The people of Louisiana would love to see him take a position in the Romney camp just to get rid of him from the State.
    As soon as he leaves John White will be looking for work too. The cram politics down your throat of the Jindal administration has tarnished his image. He is someone that does not listen to the very people that put him in office and that he works for. Look at the percentage of time he has spent out of state and you will see he is only looking out for himself, a very typical politician. The United States of American can not afford to have him in any position of authority because it's his way or the highway and we already have that with the current administration. His dog and pony show with the BP oil spill should have been enough to show the citizens of Louisiana that it was about Bobby Jindal not the folks that were affected by this disaster. Take a close look at the financial shape Louisiana is in right now and it is a strong reflection of what he will do for our nation.

    August 10, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. susansbaker

    To Joan,

    It's just no brain to say anyone is better than Obama. Of course, you and Romney are definitely will not get my vote!
    Even the Governor of Oh said Romney's ads is lying abt the President's economic plans. To bail out the auto industries is more the just helped Chrysler & GM, most important is thousands of jobs related to the auto ind are saved.
    If the gov't let the two auto fell as Romney suggested, the whole American's economy would have collapsed.

    August 10, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Karaya

    How about his collection of tax return emerging anytime soon?

    August 10, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. odenton

    More like the mitt romney short bus tour...

    August 10, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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