THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

McCain-Romney? Not So Fast My Friend

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 15, 2008

While presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama is getting alot of attention about who he might pick as early as next week to be his running mate, probable GOP standard bearer Sen. John McCain is also looking. 

Many names have surfaced for McCain but it seems as if former Massachusetts Governor and presidential aspirant Mitt Romney always floats to the top.  Whether alone or mentioned with others Romney always rises to the top of the short list. 

That rise has made some Republicans very uncomfortable.  Romney never was able to endear himself to the evangelicals because of his faith, he’s Mormon, and his switching around on key issues like abortion.  Despite that disconnect, which McCain shares with the Religious Right, Romney continues to get serious looks from McCain and the party as a whole. 

Romney would bring a Rolodex of potential new funders, a hugely successful business career and enough political acumen to win the governorship of a traditionally blue state.  Beyond those pluses, in a race that will come down to a handful of states including Colorado and Nevada Romney could help keep those two states red ironically because high Mormon populations.

Despite those strengths, the evangelicals remain unsure, uncomfortable and uncommitted to Romney and are now saying so out loud.  Lead by former Arkansas Governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee the faithful, literally, of the GOP have blasted the idea of Romney.  In a piece on CNN.com Huckabee ripped the idea of a McCain-Romney ticket “…suggest[ing] the former Massachusetts governor is distrusted among many social conservatives.

“I think the issue is that, you know, in many ways, Mitt Romney has had very definite swings of position, not just on one or two things, but on many of the issues,” Huckabee said Thursday on Fox News.”

McCain and Obama strangely enough find themselves in similar situation where parts of their base are not pleased with them or potential running mates.  The question in this election come down to which base is pissed off more and are they willing to lose the White House to prove their point?

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  1. Bot said, on August 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to tackle our country’s economic and fiscal issues: devaluation of the dollar, out-of-control spending, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Mitt has turned around companies (Staples, Home Depot, etc.), the Olympics, and the State of Massachusetts. When you add to that conservative social values, and an exemplary personal and family life – – He’s the best choice for McCain’s Number Two.

    Mitt Romney has the right qualifications (the only one with non-governmental (Bain, Olympics) leadership experience, a deep-seated faith, a vision for this country’s future, and an exemplary personal and family life. He won most of the GOP debates.

    Mitt has the organizational skills to help MCain run a campaign in the general election and run the country. Obama has never even run a lemonade stand. Mitt would appeal to the Independents and some Democrats for his unique qualifications in these times of economic uncertainty.


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