Tim Pawlenty's stock is rising every day. I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up being the pick.
If he picked Michelle Obama, I think he'd have it locked up.
How about Allen West? I keep seeing mention of him however no vetting of him known.
As for his social security statement, this was taken out of context. See his rebuttal on that - another media fabrication. Go ahead - google it. Typical liberal media fabrication...the left absolutely fear him. That's obvious.
And he's not "known" for comparing "everything" to slavery. You're dead wrong on this. Not his style if you've indeed read about him. He is not in any way a slavery puppet. He is the only Republican member to have joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 2010 to "shake up the CBC's "monolithic" ideology and indicated the caucus promoted a culture of victimization among its black constituents." Not the actions (nor are there any previous) of a slavery mongerer.
I'm sorry, but I don't know this SportAndrew you're referring to.
He has also been a Tea Party star with a lot of recent support including Sarah Palin who is calling for Romney to select him in exchange for her support.
He has some appeal but obviously that blemish (and it is one) could be a show-stopper. I'd personally caution anyone going after his decorated military record because he has a lot to stand on. He was a decorated LTC batallion commander.
:shrug: I don't see the upside to selecting west as a GOP VP, but he is on my list of guys I would like to see. He come across as more 'nut-job' that 'statesman' to me, but since I disagree with most of what he says, it could just be me.
But impressions are important. Coming across as a 'not ready for prime time' player does nothing to help the GOP. They already have too many loose cannons as it is. Romney needs a serious guy, IMO. and West isn't that guy. All the Tea Party types are going to vote for Romney anyway. Courting the Sarah Palin vote crowd is wasting time and energy. Those voters have no one else to vote for. Pandering to them is wasting effort that can better be given to getting independent votes.
fwiw, I don't think this is a serious consideration by the Romney campaign. This is naming all the guys you don't really want so no one gets butt hurt by not being considered. Look for Romney to do the smart political thing and pick an 'old white guy' that will make a good president if he gets hit by a bus.
BTW, a good article fairly (from the Post!) summarizing West:
As far as his contribution to political discourse, yes he is highly corrosive and has no desire to work with anyone other than likeminded people. He is no better than Nancy Pelosi or any other bomb throwers from the left.
His social security statement, in full, reads:
""Since June of 2009 or so, we have seen 2.4 million private sector jobs created, but we've had 3.1 million people going on Social Security disability," said West, R-Palm Beach Gardens. "So once again, we are creating the sense of economic dependence, which, to me, is a form of modern 21st-century slavery.""
He didn't get taken out of context, he compared it to slavery and gets away with it because he is black. This is a fact.
His military title is irrelevant to me. Oliver North was also a LT Col but I have no more respect for him based on his actions.
I think it should be palin.
His point was that people were taking advantage of the disability issue. Sorry that was lost on you.