The question came up after West characterized the Republican presidential nomination contest as “a two-man race” between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Brian Wilson then casually asked “So what do you think about a Gingrich-West ticket? Congressman West initially responded off-handedly with an “Now why do ya have to go there noya wanna set me up like that”. He then proceeded to say that he would have to first pray and consult his family because such a thing would dramatically change his already drastically changed life. He elaborated by explaining that four years ago he was packing up his gear and leaving Afghanistan. Since then he spent a year running as an underdog candidate for Congress and now he has been in Congress for a year.
West’s answers is similiar to one given by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell several months ago.
Like West, McDonnell was reluctant to answer the question at first but when pressed he admitted that if he was called upon for such a job, it would be hard to say no.
White House 2012 has been trying to avoid the Veepstakes, but has been putting together a cursory “long list” of potential vice presidential contenders. You can view it here. That list is still being compiled but you will see that Col. West is on it, although the complete assessment of his vice presidential prospects has not yet been posted. But on the White House 2012 Vice Presidential Contender list you will find some likely and not so likely names that at this point in time, it is safe to say any nominee would have to at least consider or pretend to consider.
Of course no truly accurate assessment of possible running mates can established until we have a a nominee for them to run with. When that happens, a clearer picture will emerge.
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