As the GOP nomination has so much as fallen into the arms of Mitt Romney, it leads a pressing question as to who will be his running mate. With Obama squaring off on the political gridiron, Romney must choose that person wisely. Obama’s approval ratings have risen over the past four months and are currently sitting at the 47% region.
If Romney has any chance of squaring off against Obama, he must tackle the appropriate issues at the right time, with the right running mate. But recently there have been many up and coming Republican favorites that don’t show any intention of teaming up with Romney. What’s up with that?
There is a complete lack of interest from GOP favorites such as Sen. Marco Rubio who was quoted saying, “I’m not going to be the Vice President.” And it’s not just Rubio who is turning his back on this potentially amazing opportunity either.
“I’ve taken myself off the list,” said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Or what about Gov. Susana Martinez saying, “It’s humbling, but I’m not interested.”
I ask once again, “What’s up with that?”
Such a negative response from somewhat like-minded individuals is not a good way to enter a presidential race. It really does make you wonder what the reasoning could be behind these negative responses. It seems as though the aftermath of the 2008 election is still in the minds of at least some of these republican leaders.
If any one of them wants a chance at the White House in 2016, they better think twice before signing up as #2 on the Romney train. The potential fear of becoming a political joke or embarrassment hits a little too close to home for some of them. Look at Sarah Palin. It had been up in the air for months if she was to take the plunge and start a campaign. But, with her dwindling poll numbers and involvement with Fox News, it was probably smart she stayed away.
But wait; there may be light at the end of the tunnel. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as stated that, “I would consider a Vice President offer from Romney if he asked.” That’s good news for Romney, but then again nobody wants to take sides with politician who is representing Jersey- right?