News / USA

Romney Begins Vice Presidential Search

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file)Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file)
x
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has begun the search for a vice presidential running mate, a decision expected sometime before the Republican Party’s national nominating convention in Tampa, Florida, in late August.

With his Republican rivals either out of the race or low on money, Mitt Romney now seems to be on a glide path toward the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney is increasingly turning his attention to President Barack Obama.

“This man is out of ideas, he is out of excuses, and in 2012 we are going to make sure he gets put out of office!,” Romney said.

Romney’s first major decision will be to select a vice presidential running mate, and one of those expected to be on his short list of candidates is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

Rubio says he would be flattered to be asked, but he says the answer is no.

“Because I’m enjoying my service in the Senate,” Rubio said. "I don’t want to be the vice president right now or maybe ever.”

Other possible contenders include Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. But Christie also says he is not interested.

“But he knows it is not my desire, my lifelong wish, to be vice president of the United States,” Christie said.

Romney’s choice is important, says former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein.

“Whoever a presidential nominee selects as vice president, as his nominee, that is the first major judgment that the American people see about that presidential candidate,” Duberstein said.

Four years ago, Republican John McCain’s decision to pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hurt him with independent voters, something Romney is likely to try to avoid, says Duberstein.

“In light of 2008, Governor Romney, I think, will go with somebody who everybody will perceive can step in and be president in a heartbeat.  If you are going to select somebody as one step away from the presidency, that person has to be prepared to be president on the very first day,” he said.

Historically, vice presidential running mates are not major factors in presidential elections.

But they can offer small advantages, says political analyst Rhodes Cook.

“It can be important more in terms of, say, a certain state.  If there is someone who can help bring you a major state, be it Florida, Ohio, Michigan, something like that.  Then yes, it could make a difference,” Cook said.

Romney is expected to secure the number of delegates he needs for the Republican nomination in June, but the search for a running mate is expected to take longer.

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid