Top Things Romney Needs in a VP Runningmate
Romney's needs a VP to neutralize some of the issues he's been faced with so far.
Now that Mitt Romney has selected his longtime adviser, Beth Myers, to lead the search for his VP, this will start to get a bit heavier from a campaign perspective. It's not just going to be about the issues anymore; it's going to be about how the VP is able to reach a voter base Mr. Romney hasn’t had much success with and who they are as a person. Whether it’s women, minorities or undecided voters, here are some things that Mr. Romney would have to consider in selecting a VP running mate.
Sensitive to Women’s Rights
Of course, everyone’s had to weigh in when it comes to this topic. It’s not as if Mitt Romney is indeed against women’s rights — that’s a bit exaggerated. Rather, his dilemma with women’s rights came when the Republican Party as a whole began to get attacked for women’s rights. Mr. Romney himself has proved to be a little soft on the issues of women — sort of on the fence.
Loop 21 previously reported that Mr. Romney wasn’t always the target of so much anti-women nonsense. “To be complete in recognizing Mr. Romney’s remarks on this issue, up until 2007 Mr. Romney was pro-choice and still believes that the issue of abortions should be left to the states,” Loop 21 reported. It wasn’t really until Mr. Romney came into the limelight as the most likely republican candidate that this issue took flight. It would be best if he selected a VP that was able to neutralize this because relying on his wife is cute, but not sufficient. She has no actual power, just influence.
Able to Galvanize an Untapped Voter Base
Mitt Romney may be okay when it comes to the undecided voters or the swing states. Where he may need more help is with pulling a minority onto his base. Not to make it seem like a black or Latin VP will definitely be able to bring a more diverse voter group out to support Mr. Romney, but if he does choose a minority VP it’s much more likely for it to happen. Of course Marco Rubio has been one of the main people to be thrown around in the potential VP talk.
Decent Rap Sheet
A dirty politician is the last thing Mitt Romney needs as a running mate. Remember when John McCain selected Sarah Palin in the 2008 campaign race? Whether he knew she would cause so much bad publicity is still in question. Either way, between her word vomit and party pictures, the focus turned away from the campaign issues and towards her issues — as she (almost) seemed to be entertaining voters rather than reaching them.
A candidate that has history of being a problem solver, with little to no bad history, especially for when the Obama Truth Team starts attacking, is the best bet for the Romney camp.