It's the question that's on everybody's minds: who will Mitt Romney tap as his Vice-Presidential candidate?
The issue is a political Rorschach test -- the answer changes depending on the person:
- "Mitt needs to pick someone uber-conservative to balance out his moderateness;"
- "Mitt needs a VP candidate who can get the support of the Libertarian wing of the part;"
- "Mitt will probably pic someone boring."
Well, despite what everyone else says ... here are some people that are probably should be on Mitt's short list, in our honest opinon:
Marco Rubio. What's not to like about Marco? The junior senator of Florida is a young, good looking, and he's the son of Cuban immigrants -- making him a triple threat. We can just see him standing next to Mitt on stage, looking suave and debonair with his hair parted the way he does. Uh, What were we talking about again?
Rob Portman. This suggestion actually comes from our recent chat with famed GOP politico Roger Stone. Roger doesn't really have the highest opinion of Mitt. Hint: he thinks he's boring. Thus, Roger predicts that the Republican presidential candidate will pick someone safe, who won't rock the boat, specifically Rob. The junior senator of Ohio has conservative cred, but isn't as outspoken about it as say Rick Santorum; plus he's got a ton of experience in trade, budgetary, and economic issues -- which looks great on a resume but leaves us feeling zzzzzzzzz.
Jon Runyan. OK, maybe Jon isn't really being considered, but Mitt should consider him! Sure, the congressman from New Jersey's 3rd District only has one term under his belt, but he also has 13 years of experience playing professional football. Say what you want about professional athletes, but they're not boring and voters dig them. Plus, throughout his career, Jon played in Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, California and Pennsylvania, where his campaigning could some in handy.
Reanimated Ronald Reagan. You know what's hot right now? Zombies. And not just the hopped-up-on-bath-salts-and-eating-human-flesh kind, but the resurrected dead kind, too. Seriously, they're everywhere. So we think an undead 40th president and GOP hero would be a great choice. It would rally the party and get the zombie-loving youth vote!
Paul Ryan. It's no secret that the Congressman representing Wisconsin's 1st District and Mitt are bros. Paul's also got some serious pulls with the tax-hating/cut-spending conservatives, due to his famously proposed budget that anyone with a "D" next to their name hated. We also think the two working the campaign trail together would be a bromance for the ages.
Either Ron or Rand Paul. This choice actually makes the most sense, election-wise. Picking one of the Rand boys would bring the Libertarians into the fold and help Mitt gain some momentum. Our bet is if he does tap a member of the father-son tandem, it'll be Ron -- the two supposedly became friends backstage during the debates and Ron's age keeps him in check.
Peter Drinklage. If you're not watching HBO's "Game of Thrones," then you are missing out. The show, which just wrapped up its second season, depicts a medieval fantasy world full of plotting and politicking. And no one schemes more than the fan-favorite character,Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister, played by the Emmy-winning actor Peter. The choice could pull in a serious amount of the liberal "I only watch good TV" vote. And, if Peter is only half as witty as his character, the Veep debates are going to be AWESOME!
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