Talking Points Memo: Which GOP Front-Runner Will Help Romney Gain Votes?
Prior to John McCain choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, the Alaska governor was unknown to most Americans. In hindsight, former Vice President Dick Cheney recently said that it was a mistake for McCain to choose Palin because of her lack of experience.
In tonight's Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly said that no matter who the GOP vice presidential candidate was four years ago, Barack Obama still would be president because he promised hope while the country was suffering economically. He added, “Mr. McCain had no answer to that and failed to aggressively expose his opponent’s weaknesses.”
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With Mitt Romney’s running mate decision still up in the air, O’Reilly said he must choose someone who
will help Republicans win votes. There are four names at the top of the list: Senator Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Sen. Rob Portman.
Taking a closer look at each possibility, O’Reilly said that Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, would help Romney get votes in the crucial state. On the downside, O’Reilly pointed out that the senator is inexperienced and has had some financial problems. A Florida ethics commission found Rubio to be negligent in misusing a state-issued credit card, but they also said that was not enough to require further legal action. There is speculation that with Rubio on the ticket, it would help Romney with the Hispanic American vote.
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Despite being young, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is currently serving his seventh term in Congress representing the swing state of Wisconsin. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is a veteran politician who has done well turning the economy around in his state, said O’Reilly. Virginia is another vital swing state for both Romney and President Obama.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman has national experience and has held a variety of positions. Similar to Gov. McDonnell, he is not very “flashy” as O’Reilly puts it, adding “but if Mitt Romney is to win the presidency, he has to take Ohio.”
Talking Points believes that Sen. Rubio would most likely help Romney, but like Sarah Palin, there would be massive media attacks on Rubio. O’Reilly asked, “Is he ready to handle that?”