I predicted after Illinois that the conversation over the GOP race would start to shift to the VP race. It took longer than I expected, but the shift has begun
Mitt Romney thinks a Wisconsin/Maryland/D.C. sweep Tuesday night will set him sailing to the nomination long before the August Republican convention.
Still, he’s not about to own it.
Asked at a diner in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin whether he had made a vice presidential pick, Romney said no. “I’m not presumptuous enough because I’m not the nominee yet.”
Rest assured someone inside Camp Romney is thinking about vice presidential picks. The candidate, though, follows a long line of almost-nominees who do not want to be caught publicly musing about a No. 2.
There is no such reticence in the rest of political world, where it is never too early to rush the season with a quick round of veepstakes.
The list of potentials listed:
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (Certified TLIF Pick)
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Nope – not enough ticket diversity; he’s better to use as a campaigner that can be distanced if required)
- US Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) – Pretty Junior for the pick. He brings a whole lot of Tea Party cred, but I think he’d prefer to continue his dominance of the legislative conversation
- Sen John Thune of SD – Don’t know much about him.
- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
- US Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
- New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez
- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – who has said she won’t run
- US Senator Marco Rubio – who has said he won’t run, BUT is the current InTrade favorite to be the VP (trading at 33%)