At least until very recently, Chris Christie thought Rob Portman was the favorite to serve as Mitt Romney’s running mate; Portman, however, disagrees.
On Wednesday night, the freshman Ohio senator told guests at a Denver, Colorado fundraiser that he doesn’t think it’s him (h/t CNN.com):
I just got elected two years ago. I think that’s where I’m going to end up staying. I think it’s a very important position right now. And right now Congress is paralyzed. And we’re really in kind of a partisan gridlock. We need leadership, and that’s where I intend to stay. I think I can really help in there. That’s where I think I’ll end up being.”
Is he just being modest? Could this be a misdirection? Perhaps NO ONE (including Mitt) knows the answer at this point in time? Or does Senator Portman simply know something that we don’t, Save Jerseyans?
Oh, the suspense is killing me…
But if Portman IS right, then this could be a wide-open process without the man who most people considered the clear frontrunner. Paging Governor Chris Christie?
There’s some good news out there today in America, Save Jerseyans: Barack Obama is as vulnerable as ever with under four months to go before Election Day.
A new survey from The Hill found 53% of voters believing the President “has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down.” Duh? Only 42% think he’s helped and, to be fair, Obama couldn’t do much worse with our hyper-polarized electorate. Even more ominous for Democrats is the incumbent’s evaporating monetary edge. He outspent Mitt Romney 2-to-1 in June yet failed to move the polls an inch. Meanwhile, Governor Romney’s fundraising advantage and combined party and Super PAC support will allow him to go toe-to-toe with the President going forward.
One “bright” spot for President Obama? Ohio, believe it or not.
The President continues to hold a 5pt+ average lead in the Buckeye State, whereas he leads Governor Romney by not better than a 1pt or 2 in most other battleground states. Ohio is always tough; the Obama’s campaign might be benefiting from a slightly better unemployment rate (7.3%) than the current national average (8.2%).
All the more reason why Romney may settle on Ohio’s Rob Portman, assuming you agree with that popular wisdom that he’s worth 3 to 5pts for Romney on the ground there. He just might be, folks. Born in Cincinnati in 1955, Portman was elected to his first U.S. Senate term in 2010 with 57% of the vote and 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) didn’t get the veep nod yesterday in Cincinnati, Save Jerseyans.
That doesn’t mean it still isn’t very likely to happen sometime soon. One prominent Republican politician is pretty sure that Portman will emerge as Mitt Romney’s pick. You might’ve heard of him?
A reliable source close to Governor Chris Christie tells Save Jersey that the Big Guy is, in fact, betting on Rob Portman.
We all know Chris Christie has been one of Mitt Romney’s earliest, most vocal and frankly most profitable allies. He’s also a top-rung, influential national party leader and vetted vice presidential nominee in his own right. Long story short, folks, it’s only logical that Governor Romney would consult with Governor Christie before making a huge electoral decision.
That means Chris Christie’s Portman prediction is indicative of inside knowledge (at best) or a very well-educated guess (at worst). Either way, please take it under advisement and prepare accordingly! We’ll know for sure any day now.
“Nobody knows nuthin'” to paraphrase Peter Clemenza from Godfather: Part I, Save Jerseyans
But all indicators suggest Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate announcement is close. Very close. We just don’t know how close (three days versus three weeks).
Or who it will be.
A little harmless speculation to keep your brain turning? Exhibit A: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who recently confirmed that he’s being vetted, was in Boston this week for a series of closed-door meetings with the Romney campaign team. Exhibit B: Portman’s Ohio hometown of Cincinnati will receive a presidential campaign visit on Monday. Governor Romney typically attempts to piggback on these Democrat battleground visits by showing up, too, and chipping into the President’s media coverage. Exhibit C: Mitt’s campaign rolled out a fundraising promotion today, stating that “Sometime soon, Mitt will be announcing his choice for VP.” Duh! Donating $3 wins a chance to hang out with the GOP ticket. Still… could the timing be significant?
Might Romney show up in Ohio this Monday morning on Obama’s heels and standing arm-in-arm with his fresh vice presidential pick… the hometown senator?
Again… who knows. There’s plenty of other good reasons to think Portman is the pick (Romney has yet to break out in Ohio polling). Some good arguments against this possibility as well (could he motivate the base?). But it’s sure fun to speculate!
Here’s a little Portman preview from January 2012 for your viewing pleasure. He was Romney’s point man in the post-South Carolina primary debate spin room. The Tea Party Patriots picked his brain on a number of issues including Bain Capital…