Poll Position: Who’d be best GOP sidekick in 2012?

For a presidential race that’s hardly begun, there’s already a lot of speculation about the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket in 2012.

Michele Bachmann’s recent surge in the polls has experts speculating that, if she can’t win the nomination, she’s at least positioning herself to be the running mate for someone like Mitt Romney — who, if nominated, could use someone with solid conservative credentials to keep the Republican base fired up. Before Bachmann’s rise, the previous GOP-outsider flavor of the month, Herman Cain, was getting similar attention.

Romney’s own people, on the other hand, are already touting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as a potential VP candidate. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Rubio, who will be just 41 by November 2012 and is regarded as a future star in the party, wanted nothing to do with a national ticket this early — especially if someone else’s name is atop it. He has said as much, and I’m inclined to believe him.

Who should be the GOP's vice presidential candidate?

  • Marco Rubio (84 Votes)
  • Herman Cain (68 Votes)
  • Michele Bachmann (64 Votes)
  • Someone else (specify in the comment thread) (54 Votes)
  • Gen. David Petraeus (26 Votes)

Total Voters: 296

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Tim Pawlenty was asked last week whether Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed 94-0 by the Senate on Thursday to be director of the CIA, would be on his short list for a running mate. Pawlenty (who was in Atlanta this week for a fund raiser) responded, “Well, he’d be on the short list for a lot of things.” I’m sure he would be — and not just for Pawlenty. But would he want to make that kind of transition to national politics?

So here’s this week’s Poll Position question: Who do you see as running-mate material for the GOP at this point: Someone in the 2012 field already, or maybe someone else? I’ve put a few choices in the poll — assuming Bachmann and Cain don’t get the nomination, and giving no regard to who the presidential nominee will be — but feel free to choose “other” and specify who you have in mind in the comments thread.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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105 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

July 1st, 2011
5:28 am

Romney – Bachmann. Let’s see…that sounds an awful lot like a ticket I recall of a moderate conservative with a strong conservative woman who has a penchant for saying things that are “not intended to be a factual statement.” To paraphrase Herman Cain: How’d that work out for ya?

How about Paul Ryan as a VP? Or Rick Perry of Texas?

ByteMe

July 1st, 2011
6:26 am

Unless a part of the world blows up between now and 11/12, foreign policy is going to take a back seat to unemployment and fear. So they’re going to pick a businessman at the top — Romney. So then you need someone who can bring the “fear”.

Pawlenty is too small.

Huntsman wouldn’t do it, but would be a great choice.

Palin’s bus is stuck in reverse.

Cain is not ready for any stage that’s not a radio program.

Newt? Ha.

Bachmann is great for the late-night comics, but everyone can see she’s not ready in case Romney died.

Ryan would lose Wisconsin if he were the nominee. Can you see crowds getting excited by him??

Patraeus is the “Colin Powell” wishful thinking candidate and he won’t do it.

Rubio is an option. So is Rick Perry. So is Rick Santorum. Perry is the stronger campaigner of the three and offers the best chance for Romney to sweep the south.

Joel Edge

July 1st, 2011
6:31 am

Too early to be worrying about it. Let’s see who the nominee is, then we worry about the VP. Might I suggest Haley Barbour.

DeborahinAthens

July 1st, 2011
6:39 am

The spineless and the dumb…or the dumb and spineless…all backed by billions of dollars from corporations. So, it most likely won’t matter a whole bunch. But Patraeus? For what possible reason would anyone chose him?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

July 1st, 2011
6:44 am

All the dancing and posturing is comical. The decision — both presidential and vice presidential — was probably made in the Colorado mountains last weekend.

And, so it goes in the land of the growing plutocracy. . . . .

Name

July 1st, 2011
6:56 am

Someone named Turner to be Bachman’s running mate.

Ayn Rant

July 1st, 2011
7:15 am

Give us a Palin-Bachmann ticket! If you have no solutions to the nation’s problems, at least give us some comic relief!

Rant

July 1st, 2011
7:21 am

The GPO needs someone who dose not want to upstage the candidate. Last election MaCain had a lighting rod and look what happen.

twerpfield, k.

July 1st, 2011
7:24 am

buford pusser

Lee Weber

July 1st, 2011
7:27 am

Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois. Think of the tunes for campaign rallies. GOP’s gonna need to go the Rocky Mountain Way if they are going to win.

Lee Weber

July 1st, 2011
7:30 am

Seriously, your Veep pick can’t help much, but they can hurt. Best plan is pick whomever finished second in the nomination fight. Reagan-Bush, Clinton-Gore, etc.

Lee Weber

July 1st, 2011
7:32 am

Gore didn’t exactly finish second, but youknowhatImean. Need coffee.

Bill

July 1st, 2011
7:33 am

GW

July 1st, 2011
7:33 am

Robin is already taken. How about Kato. No. He’s got a partner. Bullwinkle. No, he got scared off last time by some crazy moose hunting lady. Romney/Bachmann it is then although they do look a lot like McCain/Palin. Will they carry the same tired messages of pallin’ around with terrorists and death panels and the Democrats wanting to take away your Medicare Advantage. No, strike that last one. The Republican plan is to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid and social security so they will not be talking about those things.

Realist

July 1st, 2011
7:53 am

DeborahinAthens

July 1st, 2011
6:39 am
The spineless and the dumb…or the dumb and spineless…all backed by billions of dollars from corporations. So, it most likely won’t matter a whole bunch. But Patraeus? For what possible reason would anyone chose him?

AAaaaaahh…name calling at it’s finest. Just a hack.

Realist

July 1st, 2011
7:56 am

GW

July 1st, 2011
7:33 am

Funny, you didn’t mention Obamacare taking $500 Billion from Medicare. Just an oversight?

GW

July 1st, 2011
7:58 am

I hear that the Minnesota government shut down, Kyle. Wouldn’t that make a nice follow-up talk for your death by a thousand one-tenth percent budget cuts. Maybe it will provide a preview of things to come in August.

JB

July 1st, 2011
7:59 am

I was hoping Wiener would run for President and pick John Stossel from Fox news to balance out the ticket……………..I’m thinking Wiener-Stossel would sound great !

Obama/Biden

July 1st, 2011
8:00 am

HAHAHAHA!!! Wouldn’t take much to be better than this ticket!! LOL! Look what the hell we’ve done in 2 1/2 years! Why, heck, I believe a ticket of “Orange Juice Can/Bag of Potatoes” would beat US at this point!

GW

July 1st, 2011
8:00 am

Funny, you didn’t mention Obamacare taking $500 Billion from Medicare. Just an oversight?

Do you happen to know what Medicare Advantage is/was/will be? Just back up and review some of those Republican propaganda clips from the last election and see for yourself.

GW

July 1st, 2011
8:03 am

I hear Glenn Beck’s available.

Realist

July 1st, 2011
8:03 am

Obamacare takes $500 Billion from Medicare.

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:04 am

I was hoping for a strong GOP candidate to get this train wreck out of office. If he keeps going like he’s going, Me thinks any of them can beat him. I’m stunned at the people who still think this guy is doing a good job. Even Bill Clinton is disgusted. The guy needs help.

jconservative

July 1st, 2011
8:07 am

“…Mitt Romney — who, if nominated, could use someone with solid conservative credentials to keep the Republican base fired up.”

If the Republican base cannot get fired up to defeat Obama, then Obama deserves a second four years.

If a ticket of Romney and Olympia Snowe cannot fire up the Republican base, then Obama really deserves a second four years.

GW

July 1st, 2011
8:20 am

Obamacare takes $500 Billion from Medicare.

A Republican’s wet dream come true.

jconservative

July 1st, 2011
8:22 am

ByteMe July 1st, 2011 6:26 am
“Perry is the stronger campaigner of the three and offers the best chance for Romney to sweep the south.”

Good solid point. In particular his campaign ability. But he has baggage. Big baggage.

I would never support a ticket with Perry because he was willing to have Texas secede and break up the United States. I consider Perry one step from being a traitor.

But then the Republicans will sweep the south anyway. Who gives the best shot for Florida, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania?

GW

July 1st, 2011
8:38 am

declan

July 1st, 2011
8:41 am

Byte, pretty on but err on Perry: any republican will win Texas and the south without him. The state crucial to our team’s victory is Florida. Rubio would deliver it — and a broader take of the national Hispanic vote at that. It’s a no-brained: Romney/Rubio wins; anything else gives us 4 more of Obama.

Fletch

July 1st, 2011
8:47 am

Does it really matter? Makes no difference if the whitehouse is occupied by the Left or the Right. The country’s problems will be the same with little if any resolution offered.

stranger in a strange land

July 1st, 2011
8:51 am

I intend to ask Karl Rove – he knows everything. If he’s not around I’m going to the next best thing – the ever reliable 8 ball.

democratnomore

July 1st, 2011
8:54 am

I’d turn the ticket around voting for Bachmann for president because Romney concerns me, I mean the illegal obamacare bill is based on Romneycare currently bankrupting Massachusetts. I fear he’s a progressive aka (socialist) republican who is trying to hustle his way into the white house and it would be business as usual. The country is an out of control bus heading towards a brick wall we need real conservatives or libertarians willing to do the cuts in spending willing to dismantle much of the federal government no matter how much the socialists media demonizes them. Republicans don’t let the progressives aka socialists do to your party what they did to mine watch the party leader closely and remove them quickly if they show to be moderates. I don’t recognize the democratic party and as far as I’m concerned it’s now the communist party and they need to be stopped before we end up like greece.

ragnar danneskjold

July 1st, 2011
9:04 am

Good morning all. Although I remain committed to Mr. Cain, I think Rubio would be the best potential president among the listed names. If one assumes Rick Perry gets the nomination, I think Rubio would also be a good “Bush” to Perry’s “Reagan.” On the other hand, if a wishy-washy sort gets the presidential nomination, Ms. Bachman would do more to reaffirm conservative values on the national stage.

Carlosgvv

July 1st, 2011
9:04 am

Chris Christie is the best for either President or Vice-President.

ByteMe

July 1st, 2011
9:13 am

In particular his campaign ability. But he has baggage. Big baggage.

I recognize his baggage, but as the #2 slot with only about 75 days of campaigning time, all he needs to do is shore-up the base who will be unexcited about Romney. And the base thought secession was a fine idea at the time, so he can sell more shine-o-la to them while Romney aims for the middle.

Remember: Biden’s campaign time was mostly spent trying to win the mountains of Pennsylvania and smaller suburban gatherings. It’s the top of the ticket that people vote for, but you need to use the VP slot to connect with groups who weren’t excited about you in the first place but who are predisposed to vote for your party. Perry does that for the one group not excited by a Romney candidacy.

Rubio is a good choice as well, but I also think he’s not going to run after winning his first statewide election just last year and poll numbers for Republicans in Florida are not all that hot right now with Gov. Scott shining a bright light on all the bad things crazy Republicans can do when they get power.

Rob Woodall Has Always Gotten His Healthcare for Free (but Paid By You), Yet he wants your grandparents to forgo food to pay out from their fixed income for healthcare

July 1st, 2011
9:22 am

Mitt’s a Yankee. Bachman’s a Yankee. You need to fire up the southerners so if either is nominated I’d look for Perry, Barbour, Jindal, Rubio, maybe Nikki Haley.

Armydawg

July 1st, 2011
9:35 am

Rick Scott of Wisconsin, Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, several others would make great running mates with Gov Rick Perry.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Ayn Rant: If you have no solutions to the nation’s problems, at least give us some comic relief!
——–

The next problem Obozo solves will be his first. No one’s laughing tho–too busy trying to figure out how to pay their bills with no jobs and permanent 9% unemployment.

AmVet

July 1st, 2011
10:11 am

First things, first.

“…solid conservative lunatic fringe credentials…”

Conservatism in the GOP is dead. This Reagan/Newt/BushCorp farce is not remotely close to actual American conservatism. But in the Republican Dictionary of Made Up Definitions, anything goes, so here we are – with a completely dysfunctional once Grand Old Party.

As for the “sidekick”, it really doesn’t matter.

All of the con contenders to date, besides Mittens, are a complete joke.

Herman?! LOL

Newt?! OMG.

Michele?! YIKES!

On so it goes.

This slate promises to do the unthinkable – be even more embarrassing that that slate of 2008.

Good times…

Carlosgvv

July 1st, 2011
10:12 am

Barry

What makes you think any of the loser Republican presidential wannabees would be able to pay the bills and do away with 9% unemployment?

Realist

July 1st, 2011
10:14 am

GW

July 1st, 2011
8:20 am
Obamacare takes $500 Billion from Medicare.

A Republican’s wet dream come true.

It is what is called a fact.

Realist

July 1st, 2011
10:17 am

“This slate promises to do the unthinkable – be even more embarrassing that that slate of 2008.”

The more embarrassing slate somehow was elected in 1980.

Realist

July 1st, 2011
10:20 am

“..Bachmann is definitely my pick now that I have reviewed some of her commentary.

She’s a riot…”

Visiting 57 of the 58 states, now that is a riot! Not knowing your kid’s ages—hilarious!

AmVet

July 1st, 2011
10:21 am

True dat, Realist, because of a particularly nauseating subset of the electorate called Reagan Democrats.

But I’d wager most of those fools have huge regrets vis a vis that one and are not likely to make that gargantuan mistake again…

ByteMe

July 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Visiting 57 of the 58 states, now that is a riot! Not knowing your kid’s ages—hilarious!

Some “conservatives” need a humor transplant. You ever wonder why conservative comedy shows get cancelled even on conservative channels, but liberal comedy shows stick around for years and years? I’ll bet you think it’s because the corporate media owners are “liberal”. :roll:

Realist

July 1st, 2011
10:30 am

I would consider Reagan Democrats the smartest of the Democrats. The other Dems being the nauseating “subset”.

The Snark

July 1st, 2011
10:32 am

These “who would make a good candidate” forums, regardless of party affiliation, always depress me. Everyone talks about who might win, who might “fire up the base,” who might be entertaining or “game changing,” who might raise money …

And absolutely no one talks about who has the knowledge and wisdom to competently execute the duties of the office.

AmVet

July 1st, 2011
10:32 am

ByteMe, did you ever have the misfortune to see that ungodly debacle on the Republican News Network called the Half Hour News Hour?

Hands down, the most awful “comedy” program in the history of our species. Spectacularly unfunny and uninteresting.

And a tribute to the only unhumorous “comedian” in existence – Dennis Miller.

Neo-cons should never, ever try their hands at comedy or culture…

Realist

July 1st, 2011
10:32 am

“Some “conservatives” need a humor transplant. You ever wonder why conservative comedy shows get cancelled even on conservative channels, but liberal comedy shows stick around for years and years? I’ll bet you think it’s because the corporate media owners are “liberal”. ”

No. It’s because Liberalism is funny.

fair and imbalanced

July 1st, 2011
10:40 am

Senator Craig.

Logical Dude

July 1st, 2011
10:41 am

I vote “Someone Else” since the list is so short, and missing a few.

I think Boehner would be a good choice. He has the name recognition that Republicans like, and experience at the national level.

I still wouldn’t vote for him, but he is a much better choice than the ones you list.
Enjoy the holiday!