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. Vijay

    May be he should pick Kim Kardashian...like McCain did

    August 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. ll

    Who cares, Mitt Romney?

    August 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. rick1948

    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.

    August 10, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. us_1776

    Be glad when this GOP freak show is over.


    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. greasemonkey

    Who cares what this guy says in his prepared speeches if he is not willing to answer simple questions about his qualifications or justify his contention that the wealthy need more tax cuts by releasing his tax returns to prove that he is "taxed enough already".

    He claims his business experience is his primary qualification to be the President but he says that anyone who examines his past business practices are playing dirty....

    He claims that the wealthy need tax cuts so that they will create jobs, but he will not show us the proof that his own tax rate is high enough for that to be a valid argument...

    Mitt.....nobody is just going to take your word for it....this is an important job, and if it was you who was doing the hiring, you would certainly balk at an applicant who would not allow you to verify their resume......why would you expect that we would not want to verify yours?

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Jeb

    Where's Sarah Palin on this list?

    She would be the perfect VP running mate for Romney.

    She can't answer basic questions and he's got two answers for every question.

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Mary

    Mitten won’t release his taxes; I wonder how many years of taxes he asked for his presumptive running mate while his is kept secret?

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. ian

    how about don knotts?

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. vicnormal

    Who really cares? Willard is history!

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. CNN Fan

    Those guy are losers...you can see their face..I like RIck Santorum...but GOP will not choose him...too sad and poor Rick :((

    August 10, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Charles Bukowski

    If he chooses a white person Obama will win.

    August 10, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Did you all notice in the Reince article that in the picture his hair is green?
    Maybe just a metaphor. Really ironic though, he probably is green with envy because President Obama's numbers are climbing, Robmeys are tanking.

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

    The entire short list – a bunch of losers. Including Romney – losers.

    August 10, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Z666

    Will Romney's VP choice emerge on bus tour? Step off the bus?
    Or… from a Men’s Room stall in the Minneapolis Airport? (Larry Craig for Veeeeeep)

    August 10, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Rick

    Dear anonymous. You do know who started the wars, right? Well, evidently not.

    August 10, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    President Obama is leading Mitt Romney in a national poll 51 percent to 45 percent. And with the rate many conservatives are abandoning the GOT's sinking ship and coming over to the progressive locomotive's side, by the time the debate begins it would probably be a 15 point lead for President Obama. And by election day, LANSLIDE...Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

    August 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. FaceTheTruth

    Just looking at the Pictures... it is already anti-climactic.

    August 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Nick

    Romney should release his tax returns with the President releases his collegiate record. By everyone's argument, Mitt is hiding something. This must mean the President is hiding something....right? Why not release 20 year old records?

    August 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Lonney

    Where is Sarah Palin?! She better be considered or there will be a lot of angry MOMMA GRIZZLIES!!!

    August 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Peggy Munro

    The only person who would make a difference is also a Mormon and two Mormons on the same ticket would definitely not work. It would become an issue. Ms. Rich might be o.k. but I do not think her dignity would allow her to run at this time. That being said, it really does not matter whom he chooses.

    August 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Ryan would be great for a total landslide victory for President Obama. Once the People find out what is in Paul Ryan's budget that Republicans want to make law – ALL Republicans are done and out in November. Killing Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, workers comp, public education completely, all college loans, the EPA, the FDA, FEMA, kill all bank regulations, increase taxes on the middle claas and the poor while dropping the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans below even the Bush rates, no corporate taxes, etc. Basically destroy the People to create a corporate dictatorship. The Carholic Church has even come out against the Ryan budget calling it "immoral" and "against the teachings of Jesus"!! Heard of "Nuns on a Bus" – it's Catholic nuns going around the nation warning the People about the Ryan plan! Romeny's view? The Ryan budget is "marvelous". Goodbye GOP. Come back when you have a soul.

    August 10, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Simon

    I think Mitt is holding out, trying to find a good bat.

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

    to Frank who says Mittens is toast because it's okay that he didn't show his tax returns? Well, JERK, Obama never showed ihs birth certificate. His college degree, HIS ANYTHING!!!!! And he has lied to the public, outsourced milliions of jobs overseas, supported MUSLIMs and TERRORIST countries..... You actually want him in office AGAIN? He's the lowest of the low and HE'S the one who destroyed the US, not Romney! Good luck to Romney!

    August 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Saboth

    Looking at that fine gallery of rich old white men afraid of change, I find myself asking: "who ARE these guys??" It's kind of moot. Republicans were in charge of our country leading up to several wars, a big financial meltdown and spiraling out of control government spending and debt (oh, and 9/11). Who in their right mind is going to give them control of the government again, just a few years later. People act like Obama caused this financial crisis. Sure, the economy isn't improving as fast as we'd like, but that's not really something the President directly controls, despite what Repubs would have you believe. BO has done a decent job as pres (I don't agree with many of his homeland security/defense stances), but all-in-all he deserves his 2nd term.

    August 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Marc

    Let me answer this: who f in knows? Mitt Romney is so filled with secrets it would be like hiring a magician to run the most powerful country in the world. This dude has no business in the white house. I'm not going to hire a guy who thinks he needs to hide things from me because the truth about him might make me think of him negatively. Isn't that the answer right there? He needs to hide things so that he doesnt look bad – if you want this guy in charge of running our country, you're out of your mfin mind.

    August 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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