Santorum, Rubio, Tops for VP Slot

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Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio are the top two choices among U.S. Republican voters as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

Eighteen percent of Republican registered voters picked former Pennsylvania Senator Santorum out of a list of 19 potential running mates for Romney, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee in the Nov. 6 general election.

Seventeen percent chose Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida. Rubio was also the most popular pick among members of the Tea Party movement, a group that Romney wants to win over as he works to solidify his support among the party’s conservatives after a divisive primary fight.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were tied for third among Republicans, with 13-percent support, and 12 percent picked former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

None of the other potential vice presidential picks was higher than 6 percent, largely because they are unfamiliar to most voters, Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said.

Congressman Paul Ryan, well known in Washington for his cost-cutting budget plan, was one big name with scant support at just 4 percent. Despite campaigning with Romney in Wisconsin recently in what was seen as a try out for a possible vice presidential nomination, Ryan was familiar to only a third of the registered voters polled.

Almost a quarter of Tea Party members picked Rubio in the online poll, compared with 16-percent support among the group for Santorum, who ended his own presidential run last month.

But Rubio might not be the best choice of running mate if Romney wants to appeal to independent voters in the general election against President Barack Obama.

The 40-year-old Cuban-American senator was backed by only 4 percent of independents, behind other top Republican names mentioned in the vice presidential stakes.

There has been speculation he might help Romney win over Hispanics, with whom he trails Obama by a whopping 40 percentage points, but early polling has not borne that out.

Attribution: Newsmax

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7 comments on “Santorum, Rubio, Tops for VP Slot

  1. even though rubio’s latest speeches and comments seem to be a little less conservative than previously espoused, i still think he’s the best choice because he will, in the end, help to bring the hispanic vote to the republicans, despite what the polls say now. paul ryan is great, but i think he can do more good for the conservative movement where he is now. chris christie is not a real conservative, he’s a rino, but he’s still a breath of fresh air in jersey, and he has lots of unfinished business here to attend to.no to jeb bush: that’s a no brainer. even though santorum is the most conservative out of the whole bunch, i think at this point he’s too polarizing for many people and might not get the job done because of that.i don’t see any womens names being mentioned unfortunately, but i guess that’s because the ones who would be up to the task are already doing great jobs where they are, which is important: govs of az. and s.c. come to mind;bachman is a little like santorum, too rigid for most people’s taste(not mine). the job at hand is to defeat obama; let’s give ourselves the best shot possible to do that: rubio.just my humble opinion.

    • In my opinion, Rubio, Christie or Ryan aren’t real conservatives. Jeb Bush sure as heck isn’t. I don’t agree about Santorum. He seems polarizing because the media hate him. The problem with the VP is that he has to tow the Romney moderate line. I couldn’t do it. All in all though, Santorum would be the smart choice, if he would do it. Obama is in BIG trouble. I saw Dick Morris breaking down the latest, “for public consumption only”, poll this morning. It was totally bogus. Real polls suggest Obama would get crushed if the election were now.

      • agreed, but the election isn’t now and the summer stretches before us. lots can happen between now and then. i want romney to win and would love to see a true conservative block of candidates, but in order to unseat the president, we need to reach a broad base. there are no guarantees and no one true answer, but i say go with whoever can deliver the most votes for the conservative movement at this point in time.

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