V.P. Contenders

Bookmark and Share  The names on this list have earned their place here for numerous reasons but the one thing they all share in common is a record that has shown them to be exceptional leaders who in addition to bringing their own unique set of positive characteristics to the potential G.O.P. ticket, have demonstrated an undeniable ability to serve our nation well if called upon in the capacity of President.

Of course events could change the political landscape and force other names to rise to the surface, but in the meantime, this list it is a reflection of the extensive pool of exceptional leaders that the G.O.P. has to choose from and each one of these names would prove to be far superior to the current Vice President.

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Click on the image of each candidate to be taken to their White House 2012 Vice Presidential Long List page where you will find biographical information in addition to their record on the issues, public statements and links to their websites.

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn 

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Former FL. Governor Jeb Bush

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor

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 NJ Governor Chris Christie

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

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Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno

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Fomer Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

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Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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 Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul

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Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

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Senator Rob Portman

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

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South Dakota Senator John Thune

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

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Santorum was the come from behind surprise of the 2012 election.  He came out of nowhere to became Romney’s toughest opponent.  There is some doubt as to exactly why that was the case.  One school of thought is that after many candidates became temporary flavors of the week, most voters finally settled upon Santorum as the clear alternative to Romney.  Others might suggest that Santorum struck a chord with the Republican base that Romney has not been able to.  Both are probably true.  So the natural conclusion might be to pair them up on the same ticket.

Unfortuantely it is not that easy.

Santorum probably is not the best candidate to link Romney to.

Despite a long campaign, if he is chosen as the vice preisdential nominee,Santorum will remain hounded by the doubts of a fickle electorate which will be manipulated by an onslaught of liberal propoganda that will haunt Santorum and by connection, the Romney ticket.

Sanotrum’s defense of traditional marriage and strong vociferous opposition to gay rights groups has caused him to long be a poster boy for the hatred of left wing groups.  They have attacked and mocked Santorum incessently and there is no reason to believe they wouldn’t continue to do so if he is on the G.O.P. ticket.  This is especially the case since President Obama has manuevered himself as a champion of gay rights after declaring that he “personally” supports gay marriage.  This positioning is sure to energize the left and gay activist communities.  So much so that, with the help of a liberal media, they will  successfully create the impression that a Romney-Santorum ticket is too extreme and out of touch in the eyes of too many middle of the road voters.  Of course this will not persuade votersfirmly esconced in either the Republican or Democrat camps to change their minds, but what it can do is create a distraction that would keep the Republican ticket off message and on the defense.

Combined with the fact that Santorum probably can’t even deliver his homestate of Pennsylvania to Republicans in November and that he lacks any real claim to fame or particular expertise on the economy or other top tier issues in this election, makes Santorum an unlikely choice for Romney.

While Santorum is deserving and capable, this just isn’t his time.  Republican primary voters already made that clear.

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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

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Sandoval is another name White House 2012 couldn’t deny early placement on the Vice Presidential Contender list. This man is a former State Assemblyman, federal judge, State Attorney General, Chairman of the state Gaming Commission and now the Governor of the rapidly growing state of Nevada.

Not only did he handily defeat an incumbent Republican Governor in a primary, he went on to trounce into the ground his Democrat opponent for Governor, Rory Reid, the son of Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Whispers about his potential place on the GOP presidential ticket made its way through the political echo chamber early on. And for good reason.  Being of Hispanic descent, In addition to his probable appeal to the Hispanic-American community, Sandoval is from an important swing state, is a charismatic, energetic, conservative with working class appeal and is a top notch campaigner.

While Sandoval is not a frontrunner for a spot on anyone’s short list for VP, he is a contender and Nevada could prove to be a crucial swing state in November 0f 2012.  Thus making Sandoval a good name to consider.

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Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson

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Fred Thompson disappointed many in 2008  with a late entry in to the Republican presidential race and only a half-hearted attempt to win the nomination.  Some have suggested that he only ran as a favor to John McCain in an effort to split the conservative and Southern vote enough to allow McCain squeak by both Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.  Thompson denies such charges, but regardless of the real reasons for his brief bid for President in 2008, it is important to remember that the only reason conservatives were disappointed is because they liked Fred Thompson, what he stood for, and the way he presented and fought for the conservative cause.   Today, if given the chance, they still would like it.

That’s why although Thompson is not likely to be on the ticket in 2012, he must still be considered a possibility.  For a candidate like Romney, Fred Thompson could help shore up many of Mitt’s weaknesses, especially in the South where enthusiasm for him leaves a lot to be desired.  If given the chance, Thompson would be a strong running mate for just about any nominee at the top of the ticket and he is one of those unique figures who could be a very unifying force within the G.O.P. if they are still fractured prior to, and during the Republican National Convention.

I had strong reservations about including Fred Thompson on this list.  I know that his is not a name that would automatically come to mind for the job in 2012 and he has taken his candidacy on the ticket off the table.  However; if his name is interjected into the debate about a good vice presidential nominee in 2012, I am confident that it would go over well.  So between that and my personal appreciation for Fred Thompson, I think his is a  name to consider and to watch out for.

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Florida Congressman Allen West

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Is Allen West a most likely choice for Vice President in 2012?

When it comes to conventional wisdom, maybe not.  But in case you haven’t realized it, unconventional is in right now.  Add to that the factors such as qualifications, talent, ability, and political considerations such as geography, ethnicity, and the influence of the TEA movement and what you find is that Lieutenant Colonel Allen West is indeed a perfect choice.

Congressman Allen West is only entering his second year in Congress and does not have a lengthy legislative record to rest on.  But the fact that he is not a career politician is appealing to many and as a popular TEA movement figure, that lack of a political record is a plus.  Unlike Rand Paul though, West has a military record that to a degree, compensates for that record among those who want some type of public service history to refer to.

Beyond that Allen West is a powerful speaker in the mold of the once popular Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, and in many ways he is more knowledgeable on the issues than Cain was.  Other obvious and important factors from a purely political  standpoint include West’s possible appeal to the African-American community and his ability to call the important swing state of Florida his home.  All of this makes Congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West a very plausible vice presidential contender.

This is especially true for Mitt Romney.

West has strong ties to and support from the evangelical community of which Romney needs help with and he is also considered a solid, consistent conservative, who is a strong, lifelong opponent of abortion and has the ability to inspire people with his conservative vision for America.  All of this compensates for many of Romney’s perceived political weaknesses among the G.O.P. base.

So while this first term Congressman may not seem like an obvious choice for Vice President, I dare suggest that if he had run for President, he would have given Romney a good run for his money.

Although selecting West as a running mate might be seen as Hail Mary pass by some, you have to consider how many games have been one by similarly well played Hail Mary passes.

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43 Responses

  1. Mr. Gingrich.

    Would John Bolton not be an excellent candidate for your VP? Other than yourself, I feel he is by far the most well spoken, straight talking expert on foreign affairs, as well as National relations. He, like you, comes across as extremely honest and open, no matter what the subject is.

    I wish you the very best and hope you decide to go for it. America needs someone who knows the details and how to fix the dangers we now find ourselves in.
    Dale

  2. Chris. Christie/Dave Petreaus 2012.

  3. Marco Rubio has got to be on this list. He’s Hispanic and from Florida. Republicans couldn’t ask for a better VP on paper.

    • Corey……..Yes. The problem is I really never intended to even begin the speculation about the VeepStakes. I felt it was premature and still do.

      The truth is that I was compeled to add certain names because I did not want to be scooped or late tot the table with some names becuase of news events that surfaced at time. Whether that was a good decision or not I do not know. But in beginning the list, I left Rubio off simply because I take for granted that he is the obvious choice and that it is not news to anyone that he is the first pick who will be on everyone’s short list. So rightly or wrongly I did not incude Marco yet. But I did open this can worms so I should just go all the way already. That means I must add Rubio to the list.

      Just between us……..While I am sure whoever the G.O.P. nominee is will go so far as cutting limbs off if they have to to get Rubio on the ticket, I am not sure Marco will take it. And I am not sure he should. Marco is a future President. I don’t care what anyone says. I am aready endorsing him for the job regardless of who challenges. But I think inorder for Rubio to get there, he knows he can’t be a flash-in-the-pan. And so with all the national attention that already naturally folows him, he is maintaining a relatively low profile while doing all the rights hob, incuding his job as a leading conservative Senator. So I am not sure he wants to pay second fidde to another candidate on the ticket in 2012. He already has the name ID and he may be thinking a high visibility position on the national ticket could lead to a burning out of his name.

      No matter what though, I promise I will soon update this list and pace Marco on it. Thanks for checking the site out.

  4. Allen West or Bobby Jindal

  5. There could also be a Reagon/Bush type ticket with the winning candidate turning to one of the other candidates. I could easily see a Romney/Gingrich, a Gingrich/Bachman, or Rick Santorum showing up on either ticket.

  6. Adio q hace Fortuno ahi??? Miren si Fortuno no puede gobernar una isla que mide 100×35 menos va a poder dirigir USA. Jaja lo perdimos, Flojuno no sabe lo que hace. Mejor cojan a BeattleJuice o La Comay

  7. Fortuño no ha podido con la criminalidad en PR. Boto a 30,000 empleados y aun esta cuadrando el presupuesto a fuerza de prestamos. Eso es lo que quieren de VP?

    • que botó a 30,000???….pocos botó….mira lego chequea la cantidad de empleados públicos en cada estado per cápita y luego mira cuantos hay aquí…..pero claro tu eres un populete mas que no te importa tener un déficit de 3.5billones con “b” de “burro” que dejó tu amigo AAV…..otra cosita para la turba de polpuletes aquí metida…PRG dejó la deuda publica en solo 25b. entre Sila y AAV la treparon al doble en solo 8 años………..populetes populetes siempre serán populetes no les importa el progreso….porque solo saben ser…populetes…..

  8. Fortuño as V.P. Well all you better take a look to Puerto Rico and tell me if he has done a remarkable job.

  9. Do you even know Fortuño’s miserable record? Educate yourself a bit? Thanks!

    You have no clue about Puerto Rican politics and the Fortuño administration it is laughable. Sorry. And I saw this with respect because you realize that Fortuño couldn’t even vote for himself right now?

    http://juliorvarela.com/2011/12/24/the-gops-pundit-bizarre-love-affair-of-puerto-rican-governor-luis-fortuno-continues/

  10. Whaaattt!!! For VP?? Come on….!!!

  11. You should really see what’s happening in Puerto Rico and the hate people have for Gov. Luis Fortuño. More than 30,000 lost their jobs because of budget cost without the proper investigations (people who had 1 year to retire, etc.), the capital of Puerto Rico is #25 cities with more crime in the world, his annual salary is more than the US president’s salary but the country is dying of hunger. DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE…

    • You should see it as a resultt of decades of socialist governors who have not understood that government does not create wealth but that it is the poeple and the free markets which create wealth. Perhaps if Puerto Rico previously understood that when the biggest employer in the nation is the government, you are bound to eventually run out of money and be unable to afford the salaries which sustain the people. You shoulkd see that that the fact that Fortuno is finally dealing with the decades of wrongs is not his fault….it is to his credit!

      • Amen!!!

      • thanks Kempite for your “common sense” comment, now you should know what kind of people we are dealing with here in PR, we call them “populetes” and they have the equivalent way of thinking of most democrats in the Obama administration…..just like when you hear Obama saying “we created jobs…….”…… it’s simply nonsense….

      • I was born and raised in PR, served proudly in our nation Army during Vietnan war and I’m extremely proud of you setting the example to all our brothers and sisters from the great state of NY.
        Kudos Compatriota!!! For the sake of our nation we must win this election.

    • YES YOU ARE. BECAUSE YOU ARE A “POPULAR” COLONIALIST BIGOT OF THE FIRST KIND… GET A LIFE LADY…

  12. I could agree with just about any of these vp running mates As long as Romney doesnt choose haley barbour for any position on his staff….imagine if haley had presidential pardoning power he would clear out Gitmo

  13. Even though I’m not a member of the Republican party I vote for them. If Paul Ryan is the VP choice it’ll be a terrible decision. He’s a polarizing figure who’ll negatively affect Romney’s chances of winning. Only person that jumps out to me that I like on the current list is Mike Huckabee. I’d like to see J.C. Watts given consideration as well, even though he doesn’t serve as an elected official any longer. I wanted him to run in 2000, and was disappointed he didn’t.

  14. How can a governor of Puerto Rico be a vice president?

  15. There is no way I will answers this. Unless this is posted and published by our Teaparty grassroots or affilliated grassroots citizens in arms (protectors of our country), will I answer your poll.

  16. Yes I have typos in my post.

  17. Now that Obamacare has been upheld, MICHELE BACHMANN needs to be added back into the VP mix since she was the very first to introduce a bill to repeal it. It was her articulate verbal dismantling of the this leviathan of an entitlement (she was a TAX attorney, remember) that had the Lamestream Media calling her “bats**t crazy” –meaning she offer to much congruent sense for their libtard minds to grasp.

  18. Now that Obamacare has been upheld, Michele Bachmann needs to be added back into the mix since she was the very first to introduce a bill to repeal it. It was her articulate verbal dismantling of the this leviathan of an entitlement (she was a TAX attorney, remember) that had the Lamestream Media calling her “bats**t crazy” –meaning she offer to much congruent sense for their libtard minds to grasp.

  19. I wish Colin Powell was running. you don’t have to know how jobs are created to be able to surround your self with good people to be successful

    • Ed, since Colin Powell rejected Reaganism and conservatism after making a very public endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008, I wouldn’t even want to hear him speak at the Republican National Convention. How could someone who endorsed Obama and his policies possibly be considered for a position on the Republican ticket? If Powell is so good, than perhaps the man he endorsed should drop Joe the Schmo Biden from the Democrat presidential ticket and nomninate Powell to be his running mate instaed. But as for the G.O.P., Powell rejected the Party and what it stands for when he supported Barack Obama, so please spare us from him.

  20. Why does a (supposedly) conservitive site continue to include 2 unconstitutionally qualified candidates for VP? As much As I admire and respect both Mr. Rubio and Mr. Jindal neither are naturalized citizens hence are disqualified from holding the office of President, VP. both their fathers were hot citizens of the U.S. when they where born same situation as Mr. Obama.

    • So Obama is? And where do you get your information? What does the Constitution really and does it have to go to the Supreme Court to decide?

    • Gina, you are an absolute ass. You are truly a brainless idiot. First off, I suggest that before you question the conservative credentials of others, you might want to get half a brain and a decent education, both of which you apparently lack. The conservative ideology is above all, a common sense, intelligence based political ideology and your obvious lack of either disqualifies you from being a competent part of that movement. So do yourself a favor and avoid questioning conservatives until you get some intelligence and develop an understanding of that which you wish you to discuss.

      Now, as to your other point, I suggest that you do something. Read! And not just the distortions and half truths of brainless propagandists who rely upon dimwitted, lazy ass schmucks like yourself to believe their lies. Read all the facts before you try make claims such as the one that Rubio and Jindal are not at the very least, naturalized citizens.

      Title 8, Section 1401 of the U.S. Code defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:”

      •Anyone born inside the United States *
      •Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe
      •Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
      •Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
      •Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
      •Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
      •Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
      •A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
      * There is an exception in the law — the person must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.
      Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President.

      Now, the next time you think you know something, be sure you know what your’re talking about.

      • Like this lady there are dozens of hundreds like her who do not contribute positively our party image. I’m surprise she did not add Luis Fortuno to her disqualification list.

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