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Which V.P. candidate would benefit Mitt Romney more: a woman or a Hispanic?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.
April 25th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Which V.P. candidate would benefit Mitt Romney more: a woman or a Hispanic?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While Mitt Romney is now cruising toward the Republican nomination, he's a long way from cruising into the White House. And the two biggest reasons might be women and Hispanics.

During the primaries he was forced to the right on issues concerning both women and immigration - and he now emerges as damaged goods among those groups.

But the damage may not be permanent. One of the ways he can recover is by selecting either a woman or a Hispanic as a running mate.

Polls suggest President Obama holds a 20-point lead among women. Many women were turned off by Romney's comments about birth control and getting "rid of Planned Parenthood."

There is speculation women like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez - also a Hispanic - and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley could be on Romney's short list. There is a limit though. It's a safe bet Sarah Palin probably isn't on that list.

As for the Hispanic vote, Romney is in even worse shape. One poll says he trails President Obama by 40 points.

Experts say Romney needs to win at least 40% of the Latino vote to win the election.

Enter Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has suddenly been campaigning with Romney. A lot of people think Rubio would make the perfect running mate.

On the other hand, it's possible Romney's VP pick will be neither a woman nor a Hispanic.

A Politico piece titled "Vice President Vanilla" suggests Romney's best bet may be a safe and uncontroversial one. Someone like Rob Portman, Republican senator from Ohio and former Bush budget director.

He's described as "vanilla, wonky and unflappable" and the "safety school the GOP needs after the Sarah Palin experiment in 2008."

Here’s my question to you: Which V.P. candidate would benefit Mitt Romney more: a woman or a Hispanic?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    A Hispanic woman would be best for him. He is just all talk or as we say in Texas all hat with no cattle.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  2. JD in NH

    It doesn't matter. Mitt's problem is finding someone who doesn't "outshine" him. Now that's a daunting task. They must be scouring funeral parlors.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    The question should not be which "token representative" he chooses for VP-the question should be "who is most qualified to run the country if the president can no longer perform his duties?" If that person happens to be a women or a Hispanic, great, but gender and race have nothing to do with competence. Didn't we learn anything from the Palin nomination?

    April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Loren

    An hispanic woman. How about a Vice President who is not a political hack, but will actually being intelligence and ability to the job and who would make a good President should something happen to the President?

    April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  5. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Neither of those groups are going to be fooled into thinking the Republican Party is on their side. That being said, if they exiled Rush Limpbough, Scott Walker, Bob O'Donnell, and everyone filibustering the Violence Against Women Act, they'd have a start toward making peace with the majority of voters in this country.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Bill of New Mexico

    Get a VP who is both hispanic and female.

    I would suggest the governor of New Mexico, but I am not certain how Suzzanne would hold up to National Pressure.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  7. Ed from Texas

    Based upon the amount of flip flopping he's done, I'm guessing it will be an Anglo that changed to into a Hispanic or a man who changed into a woman.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Conor in Chicago

    I don’t’ really see Romney picking a Hispanic or a woman as a “game changer” in this election. Hispanics won’t be fooled by anything Republicans have to say about immigration and independent or democratic leaning women aren’t going to vote for Romney just because he put a woman on the ticket. If he really wants to improve his electoral chances what Romney should do is pick a far right Christian Conservative for VP. That way, all of them can pray for Romney’s untimely death while he’s in office, thus thrusting one of their own back in the White House. I’m sure they’d say it was Divine Intervention.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: Gee, I guess a woman who happens to be hispanic would be a win win situation. The problem is nothing will help Mitt Romney win in November. Mitt's just another rich man's son, just like George W. was. I do not think America wants another rich man's son. Let see, President George W. Bush ended his term with a 29% approval rating. No, America definitely does not want another rich man's son.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Noel Sivertson Roswell NM

    It may be too late for that. There are too many debate, interview, and speech soundbytes in the Democrat's hands to keep reminding the electorate of his past positions. More flip-flopping won't save him.

    However, Suzanna Martinez, the moderate and fairly popular governor of New Mexico, would fill both requirements. And she doesn't have a tea party taint. But she's probably too smart to accept. Hitchng her star to a presidential candidate that is probably going to lose would be bad news if she has higher political ambitions.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  11. Mel - Houston

    The only person dumb enough to take would be Rick Perry. He'd lose the debate between vice presidential candidates, but who cares. The benefits for him on the ticket are his southern roots and his christaim right support. There would be a side benefit for Texans, he'd no longer be governor

    April 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Jenna Roseville CA

    Which V.P. candidate would benefit Mitt Romney more: a woman or a Hispanic?

    Neither. He needs a real conservative since he is not one. Maybe he can buy himself a TEAHADIST like Grover Norquist.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Neither, he needs a Texan just so he can get the base there turned out, which might also help him keep that Senate seat in the GOP column. Romney needs to fire up his base with his pick – which means Rick Perry (who only has to out perform Biden).

    April 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  14. MYSTEROIUS

    Doesn't matter, because he's at the top of the ticket, and he has to first deal with the "etch-a-sketch' thingy, convincing voters that he is truly the "severely conservative" candidate.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  15. jk in MN

    There isn't a VP candidate on earth that Mitt could tap that would earn him my vote – he burned that bridge when his off shore accounts came to light and the fact he won't release more tax returns – must be hiding something the public wouldn't understand. As for a candidate helping him – it's not just selecting a woman or a hispanic, the person can't be another Sarah Palin; they can't have views too far to the right and be prepared to step into the job if needed.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    What I look for in a VP is if they have the knowledge and qualifications to take over the presidency within a second. McCain choosing Palin as his VP scared the hell out of me and was one the reasons why I did not vote for him. A person who chooses a VP just for the mere reason of getting a group to vote for him doesn't have his country's interest at heart. Jack, people are not that stupid today especially women and Hispanic voters. Romney needs to do a lot more than just choosing one of them to be his VP in order to persuade them to vote for him.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  17. Matt, Miami

    He needs both in the same VP candidate plus guns and color. In summary, he need a gun toting Black Hispanic Lady as VP candidate to win!

    April 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  18. calaurore9

    No group votes as a block, but a woman would be immediately compared to Sarah La Loca. A Hispanic man in a swing state would be a better strategy. As long as he reads stuff.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    April 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Leta

    Doesn't really matter if it's a woman or Hispanic as VP because Mr. Romney will never win. A well-informed
    American voter on political issues will never vote for Mitt Romney. His views on economic and social issues early on
    in the GOP primaries speaks for the truly, real character of Mitt, and furthermore sponsored and influenced by the
    elite billionaires with their own special interests.

    interest

    April 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  20. Kevin in CA

    Nether ... he needs a chameleon – like same.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  21. Doug Ericson

    I am going to guess woman because there is more of them. But I don't think Romney will pick a woman because it is too close in time to Sarah Palins run for the Vice Presidency. I don't think Romney is going to pick Scarface Junior either. I think Romney is going to pick Lindsey Graham because I think Lindsey is the favorite of the Military Industrial crowd. They run the show here so that is why it makes sense to me. Lindsey knows the issues inside out, upside, down and sideways. He would make a great debate partner which will be very important in this election. He would help Romney in the South too. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  22. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    HOPEFULLY they learned their lesson on females. There are none qualified then or now. That leaves Hispanic.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  23. B9

    How about a gay Hispanic woman in a wheel chair? That would get him the win no problem. No need to worry if she has any qualifications. Then we can all feel good about how diverse we all are.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Well Jack, being that Romney already has a problem with both women and Hispanics I would suggest a female Hispanic for his VP. He would be getting more that way in the way of support. What Romney lacks is charisma and the fact that most people are not wealthy and can not relate to him or his life style. Keep in mind though that not just any Hispanic female will do. It has to be someone with appeal and that has a brain and can communicate with everyone not just a small group.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Brad, Portland, OR

    How about the person most qualified to be President if necessary, regardless of which "group" they belong to.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  26. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I don't believe either would help. It was obvious that Palin was a gimmick, been there, done that.. As for a Hispanic, I think most Hispanics, while they'd be tempted, they realize the republican party has never had their interests at heart. I wouldn't doubt that at the Republican Convention you'll hear Rap being played along with some Bob Marley.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  27. Ann from Charleston SC

    Since he is in trouble with both women and Hispanics, how about a Hispanic woman?

    April 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  28. Peg in NY

    I think what would serve him best would be to select the right candidate for VP. The right person is far more important than the gender or nationality.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  29. Tony from Southport

    The obvious choices include a woman or a hispanic, but how about Allen West, a black conservative Republican? Does it really matter? Obama has failed so miserably, that it shouldn't matter whom he choses as his VP candidate. Many blacks voted for Obama because he is black. They have said so repeatedly. This coming election should be a referendum on Barack Obama's first term and nothing else.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  30. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    It's often been said that "it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind" and Romney already displays great talent for doing just that. This having been said, perhaps he should just ask his wife to be his running mate. She one of the few Republicans that hasn't done an about-face with her support for him.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  31. Lee C.

    I'm thinking a Hispanic would get Romney more votes. Hope he picks Santorum, which would help Obama.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  32. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Since he has savaged women’s rights and seems to have no concern for a woman’s dignity, clearly a woman VP is in order. The only problem would be that, since he obviously knows no one whose net worth is less than nine figures, he would pick someone like his wife who also has no concept of what the average woman or single working mother with two jobs and no health insurance has to deal with. Not to mention the constant fear of being fired by someone like Mrs. Romney’s husband.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    A right wing, bible thumping, Hispanic woman born in poverty would get a few votes.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  34. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Jack, this is like asking, "If knees bent the other way, what would chairs look like?" It's just too hard to answer. The Republicans have pretty well burned their bridges with both women and Hispanics. They might try Rita Moreno, but I suspect she's an Obama supporter.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  35. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    How about a V.P. candidate that is qualified to be President, if that were to become necessary. Seems to me that would be more important than appealing to one particular group just to get votes. Game Change was the scariest movie I ever saw.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  36. Kevin in CA

    Wrong headed thinking. How about doing something novel ... like ... picking the most competent.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  37. Tom in the Great NW

    Since men have a better idea about the correct height of trees, IT SHOULD BE A MAN !

    April 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  38. Pete in Georgia

    I would think a man like Mitt Romney will pick his running mate on pure MERIT not on what formula would get him the higher poll ratings...................as in every other campaign. Show America that you are an authentic LEADER..................not the same tired worn out deceiving orator that now occupies the White House.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  39. Gary H. Boyd

    A woman or a Hispanic you ask. How about this Jack: Condelezza Rice would be perfect. She's totally qualified, very much admired, familiar with government and is black.,. And, to round it out, they could make Marco Rubio their designated Secretary of State and Ellen DeGeneres Ambassador to the UN. That way they'd appeal to men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics and gays. Obama and Biden wouldn't stand a chance.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  40. MNResident

    What would benefit Romney the most is a VP choice seen as COMPETENT. Try to fill a quota and and sacrificing competence to do so is just asking for trouble........

    April 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  41. Ted

    An hispanic,black woman would get a lot of votes,but I would rather see someone who can talk WITHOUT a teleprompter. Someone who doesn't need a hundred speachwriters . Someone smart enough to give a talk on his own.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  42. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, you are taking a lot for granted with that question. John McCain already exhausted the Republican pickings for a female VP and look what he got; a stagestruck narcissist that knows nothing, Sarah Palin! That leaves us her twin Marco Rubio and a lot of unknown female and Hispanic CEOs which would only add more pro-corporate baggage to Romney’s problem; being out of touch with average Americans!

    April 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  43. Jen seattle wa

    Niether , We dont need a category of race or gender , we need proper trade policy independent of unsustainable special interests .But,Rubio Only Cheerleads the country he doesnt have a clue about Independence from 3rd world china and how to go about alleviating the Debt Local Sellouts in U.S.saddled community with as favor to Flags of Convenience, A woman may only prove that she is as corrupt as the corrupt man is ,Palin proved that, so doesnt matter its a pick'em .

    April 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  44. Hafeez (New York)

    None! Because it does not matter which one he chooses, he is not going to win White House anyway.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  45. Gary in San Jose, California

    Neither. I don't think either demographic would be fooled into believing he has changed his position simply by picking a woman or hispanic as his VP. Republican positions on women and Hispanics have alienated each group and that's not going to change before the election.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  46. Ralph Spyer

    How about the most quilify American over 35 years old. Some who reads the news and understands there are no easy answers or quick fixes. In Chicago if I didn't know the candidate I would vote for the Irish, Itilian.or Polish name, thinking he or she was Catholic and from the neighborhood. Now you want me to vote for a Morman or a Black president ? I can relate better with Obama, even thought Joe is nuts.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  47. Ed from California

    He needs a moderate, like Michael Bloomberg. It doesn't matter really who he picks, he doesn't stand a chance of winning. The dems are going to take back the house w/a huge majority in Nov. I just hope that they can get a leader that will lead this country back to jobs and prosperity. And not back down to the real leaders of this country....The Koch brothers.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  48. curtis in philadelphia

    This is a coin flip Jack, the Republicans have done a darn good job alienating both women and Hispanics, but since the last pandering Republican VP pick was a woman, I'm guessing they're gonna go with a Hispanic. I can't wait to hear Ronmey tell jokes in Spanish!

    April 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  49. Barbara Haecker

    probably a Hispainic woman would be his best bet>

    April 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  50. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    I would certainly hope that the American female is smart enough not to vote for Romney. Just because he would be crass enough to pick a female running mate for the sole purpose of pandering to women, doesn't mean he actually believes they should have any power. The same goes for Hispanics, Romney would never select a person of any color unless he had absolutely no choice. Remember folks, his motivation is to help himself, not the nation.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  51. Andrew

    Sarah Palin!!!

    That's who Senator John McCain will recommend.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  52. mario

    What about Palin,?

    April 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  53. Kyle Irvine, CA

    I think a Hispanic would be best for a VP selection based on "who can put me over the top"? The Governor of New Mexico would be a start. But in the end, I think Romney and his running mate will still trail the president by double digits in the women hispanic vote based on his comments from the past.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  54. JIM El Paso Tx

    Thats easy Jack. A MEXICAN for sure. The Dems generally have that group locked up and since they(mexicans) are rapidly becoming a majority, Mitt will need "one" to draw some of those votes.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  55. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: To be honest--neither--–anyone that Mitten picks will not fit in RomenyWorld--he has dis-associatated himself from America that there is no saving grace for him. His road to the White House is not paved with good intentions--and neither is his road to "hell."

    April 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  56. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Romney needs a hispanic to compete with obama pandering to the illegal alien crowd. The next logical step is for the voters to elect a hispanic president. If voters elect a hispanic president he can make spanish the official language, and give automatic citizenship to any mexican who comes here just like they have for cubans now. It is over for the people of non-color.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  57. Ed

    A black hispanic female would cover three monorities, Doubt that one could be found. I would lean towards Condi Rice. Very smart, knows her way around, and would make a good pres if the unforsceen wouyld happen to Mitt.

    Palm Beach Gardens

    April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  58. Jef

    You left out a third choice – "None of the above..."

    April 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  59. Susan-NJ

    It sounds so bigotted to say a woman or an Hispanic. How about the best person for the job as VP no matter their gender or ethnic backround.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  60. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Romney has alright shown he think nothing about the poor, women and Hispanic, being Mormon and he dose not like catholic, and other christian faith so I think his wife would be his VIP. choices

    April 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  61. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    NEITHER, I think people are smart enough to figure out the reason for him picking out a woman or a Hispanic ...DAH!! I know Romneys head swivels when he walks but even he can't think that will work. Next thing you know you will see him in a Limo with a Dog riding right beside him. Bingo Dog Lovers are back. Yea Right!!

    April 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  62. Mr. D

    Damaged goods!.. It sounds like he is a candidate for UPS (unpopular personality syndrome). Talk about a balkinized nation! Too bad he can't pick someone that is popular with the queen of Spain.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  63. Ralph in Oklahoma

    I suppose the obvious answer is an Hispanic woman. Is Penelope Cruz available? Jennifer Lopez? Salma Hayek? Seems to me any one of these ladies would round out the Romney ticket quite nicely.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  64. Gigi Oregon

    Neither would help Mitt Romney. And after reading his life history. I don't know who would want to run with him. Unless it's someone in his own faith. Which would believe in he same religious values. Women are also part of the Hispanic group...Panic time for Mitt...I don't see women wanting to go back to the early 1900's when men made our decisions for us...And many women like me, like his Massachusetts health care plan, not only for ourselves but for our children.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  65. Gordo from NJ

    That sounds awful risky to me. Romney should stick to his base, White males over 60 who can't make up their minds.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  66. barbara in nc

    Michelle Bachman – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    That sure makes me giggle to think about it.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  67. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, neither will make much difference. Rubio is not a big favorite with Hispanics and Romney is losing 67% to 27% nationally in that group. There is no woman in the Republican Party that appeals to the majority of women, because the Republicans don't.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  68. Thom Richer

    Anyone who is actually and factually competent and qualified. Race, religion and gender do not and should not matter. Doing whatever to win is not what Americans need right now. The last election should have opened your and our eyes to this political fact , not to mention this election year candidates for president. If the RNC would have picked competent and qualified candidates from the beginning, they actually may have had a chance t the White House in 2012. Not now. Some never get it.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  69. Gerry

    What would benefit Romney the most would be getting a V.P. candidate that is qualified regardless of race or gender. The Obama administration might benefit from this same advice.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az

    April 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  70. Mark in Houston

    This should be fun to watch. If Romney asks a woman to run,,,she will have the task of convincing female voters that the tickets, anti female stance on just about everything,does not pertain to them. If he picks a Latino..that person has the fun job of convincing Hispanics that the tickets stance on immigration does not involve them either.
    The spin on campaign speeches will be enough to make targeted groups toss their cookies and take their vote elsewhere, they are not stupid.

    Outside of that, he could pick someone much like himself which would again be a disaster, no matter the choice.

    The problem with the ticked is simple.....anyone he chooses or wherever it leads, Romney is still there.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  71. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    It may be wise for Mitt Romney to select a Dentist as a running mate who could help him with removing his foot from his mouth on the numerous occasions he seems to antagonize and alienate various voting blocks.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  72. Pat

    Well I doubt he would pick a woman .So I suppose he will want a Hispanic.I don't get al the speculation anyway when we all know the Koch brothers are going to pick his running mate.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  73. Mark from New Jersey

    How about RuPaul? A man and a woman. Adds another dimension to Romney's flip-flopping reputation.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  74. Cres from Florida

    Neither Jack. Dick Chaney is right when he says that Romney needs to pick someone who can take over the number
    one spot if necessary, right from the start. To me, that says that Romney should certainly learn from McCain's Palin
    mistake. And that alone would eliminate Rubio. And two Bushes turned out to be one Bush too many. Romney needs to be very careful that his Veep selection is perceived as "positive" by most voters. Too many of those being mentioned in the media have too much "negative" about them to help his bid for the Presidency. If he makes a really wrong choice
    for whatever reasoning or rationization, he then won't have much chance at all of beating Obama.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  75. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Cubans are, but the do not consider themselves, Hispanic. Most Hispanics would agree. Rubio may be an asset in florida but it wont carry much weight anywhere else.
    Romney has to be very carefull with his selection. If he's viewed as pandering it could blow up in his face.
    If he really wants to cover as many bases as possible he should look at Mia Love of Utah

    April 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  76. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    Jack, your questions should have had a third choice, and that would be Ron Paul- if he would run as VP.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  77. Eric Steinbach WA

    He should give Sarah Palin another shot. I heard she finally got her GED

    April 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  78. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, Mitt needs a hispanic female who is a mother who has worked outside the home and who has been properly vetted.. Above all, he needs to make sure she isn't thin skinned or crazy!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  79. mikki

    It should be an AMERICAN that will fulfill the duites of the President in case he cannot do so...being Hispanic should not even be part of the scenario.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  80. lynnej in nc

    That idea of the Republicans doing that "look, see, I'm not racist or sexist" thing isn't going to work. It won't make any difference whom Mr. Romney picks.

    It didn't make African Americans jump ship to the Republican Party when they picked Michael Steele to run the RNC or when Tim Scott and Alllen West were elected, not to mention when Colin Powell, Condi Rice and Ron Page were in the Bush Administration. And it sure won't make women and those of Latino descent change their minds after they have been picked on and scapegoated either.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  81. Martha Brooks

    Either one will seem fatuous, insincere and self-serving. He needs someone with Foreign Policy experience to make up for his woeful lack of same. Too bad Huntsman is another Mormon...he'd be perfect.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  82. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Romney could take J.C. himself as a running mate and it wouldn't matter. He hasn't got a snow ball's chance in that hot place to beat Obama. Romeny is probably the most insincere person I've ever had the pleasure not to meet.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  83. jude

    someone with strong arms, fast on his feet.....to carry his luggage...fetch the car

    April 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  84. Dave in Palm Beach Gardens FL

    From how he fairs in the polls it seems like a hispanic woman would be his best and most logical choice to try to win.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  85. ART

    I say give Sarah Palin another chance to fail she's really good at that.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  86. TheTraveler from Idaho

    Personally, I think it should be Daffy Duck ... Bugs Bunny is too smart to share the ticket with Mitt ...

    April 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  87. beevee

    No question, it ishould be Sarah Palin. Her big mouth and street dog fighting spirit should help the panderer-in-chief.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  88. Larry in Houston

    reading your article made me laugh, Jack. Portman isn't well known, and once the general voting public finds out that he was in the Bush cabinet, it wouldn't work for him. Nikki Haley would be okay for Romney, as a Veep. But I'm sure he would like to keep Palin as far away from him as possible. (Just walking on the same side of the street as Palin, would give him a bad name) and furthermore, in my opinion, that 40% in the polls, is a farce. Chris Christie would be ok for Romney, but christie doesn't want it, ( so he says) so, that would leave Rubio, which would be a good choice for Romney. Even though I'm Voting Democrat, Obama isn't a big fan of mine, with some of his policies, I say it's either vote for someone who will take this country back about 30 yrs. or vote for somebody that "might" move this country forward. Either way, or whichever one may be our next commander-in-chief, it's not going to make much difference, in my opinion. Now, if it was Newt, then there would be a stark difference, or Santorum, big difference. But Romney – he will Cut a lot of fat out of government, (can't blame him) and "tick-off" a lot of people, but he will eventually come around to the middle, in his 3rd year, then he will have just about All of the Republicans against him by then, and we will end up electing a Democrat again. But the "Two Termer" thing, is in the past, in my opinion. (thanks to the internet)
    Democrat – 2012 (wish there was somebody else running)

    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  89. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney won't be picking a woman or Hispanic because I don't think that decision will be left to him. It appears Romney himself wasn't the Republicans candidate of choice and they certainly aren't going to leave the picking to him.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  90. ThinkForYourself

    What about...Condoleeeeeeeeeeeza???
    Then again, Obama should drop Biden and pick up Hillary...get her ready for her turn next.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  91. Gateaux

    Can anyone spell CONDI RICE???

    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Rudy Garza

    I say he needs neither a Hispanic or woman because putting either on the ticker isn't going to make either group suddenly flock to his corner in mass in the battleground states. Instead he needs someone vetted and known that will assure that the GOP Conservative Base turns out to vote; I suggest Mike Huckabee. Why his name isn't being floated around is beyond me.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  93. Rajiv Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, UT

    How about Herman Cain?

    April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  94. Shaik from beautiful Oregon

    To close the gender gap: a moderate woman acceptable to the right wing nuts (no such person in the GOP) OR, to close the Latino gap: a Hispanic who can espouse rational and balanced immigration policy (no such person in the GOP). Compromise: a combination of both – can be gotten from Newt's Moon Colony!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Ali999

    How about BOTH? Susanna Martinez of New Mexico.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  96. rex in portland, oregon

    It is obvious that Mitt would not and could not consider anyone incapable, in his estimation, of being president as his running mate. Therefore he could never consider a woman, an hispanic, a non-"Christian", a moderate, a conservative, a poor person (damn this is a long list), etc etc since such a person would not be a Romney. He will try, of course, to find someone who is popular and rich (hey, maybe Juliani?). Whoever it is, it will alienate all moderates and independents – the African Americans, the hispanics, the immigrants, etc are already alienated – and decrease his already slim chances of owing the rest of this country.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  97. jillib

    Who should be Romneys VP? Does it really matter? Nope. Pick one, any one, it really doesn't matter.

    In fact, if Romney is elected, Romney will be virtually irrelevant. He can claim to be "severely conservative, he can claim to be a moderate, heck, he can claim to be Santa Claus and it just doesn't matter. The extremists in the republican Congress will be calling the shots, and Romney will just be the hand holding the pen signing. He won't be a leader, he'll be a stenographer for the most extreme republican congress we've seen in years. If that doesn't put the fear of God into you, I don't know what will!

    Jilli in Houston

    April 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  98. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Why should it matter? For all I care, he can invite Palin to try her luck again. Romney is a rich guy, a corporate fat-cat, and the last rich guy who sat in the Oval Ofiice was fine with sending trillions of dollars to a warzone while the economy here crashed all around us. We don't need another 'Nero' to 'fiddle while America burns' then blame the Democrats for the mess that's left.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  99. ThinkForYourself

    If something were to happen to ole'Mitty...I think, Rubio would be in over his head.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  100. Reggie

    Anybody would better than Obama has right now....Biden. Imagine Biden being president if he had to step in for any reason. America ia already the laughing stock of the world with Obama as our president......my gosh can it get worse than that. But of course iwth someone like Biden it will be. Anybody chosen will be way better than who we have right now. Enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Paul in NC

    Neither. The choice of a running mate should focus on who is most capable and prepared to step into the Oval Office. That almost never happens. None of the vanquished contenders fits the bill so I'm sure the Romney tacticians are looking for someone who will maximize the vote in the key states. Rubio and Haley have both said they don't want it. Selecting another woman or Hispanic simply because that's what they are is too transparent. Romney's sudden passion for Ryanism should give us a clue which way he's headed. They would make perfect running mates; Wrong and Wronger.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Jim In Pittsburgh

    I seriously doubt that he would choose a woman or a minority. As far as the GOP is concerned, anyone who is not white, male, straight, Fundamentalist Christian and narrow minded is not a real American.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  103. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    The Tooth Fairy would serve as Romney well.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Pete in Florida

    Howzabout we BOOT Romney, and instead run a woman AND a Hispanic? I hate to tell the Repubs, but Romney is the dead weight on the ticket.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,the answer is simple,Dora the explorer!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  106. Marty from Michigan

    Whether it is a woman or Hispanic, he's gonna have to put the etcha sketch in hyperdrive.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  107. Patrick

    How about a person who is the most qualified and capable rather than someone who happens to Hispanic or female. Oh wait, that’s our current President. I think the GOP learnt a harsh lesson with Sarah Palin. Just being a female politician won’t secure the female vote.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  108. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Any choice – save for a Sarah Palin redux – is insignificant lest we all forget how Lloyd Bentsen propelled former President Michael Dukakis to victory.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  109. George Post

    Elmer Fudd, which way did he go, which way did he go. Can you say flip-flop?

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  110. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    You asked Hispanic OR Woman? Are you ruling out a Hispanic woman?

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  111. Nedom

    And I say it again- If there was a third term, Obama will be re-elected. Tell his opponents to come back 2016.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  112. Jamie

    Have a hard time imagining that any VP candidate will be enough to wipe out the negatives of this nowhere man short of the current GOP state officials completely subverting the elective process.

    Jamie, Tacoma

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  113. Tristan

    Jack, why not hit two birds with one stone? He should get a Hispanic woman!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  114. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Someone in Romneyworld needs to let him know that he wouldn't be able to "fire" the Veep if that person didn't provide the service he desired. That should keep him confused for a while.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  115. Sandstone.

    "He shouldn't be looking for anyone, they should be applying for the job! If the country wan't him for President then they should get more involved themselvs. You either love your Country and living there; or you don't, if you do then you had better get a little more involved and stop all this ignorance of the facts."

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  116. Barbara Carlson

    A Hispanic would benefit Romney more than a woman. They've already lost the Female vote, and a woman running mate would also have to be pro-life, which wouldn't help at all.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  117. Don B

    Romney will win regardless of who his running mate is. The country is sliding into bankruptcy and like a foundering company, needs a CEO who has the courage and experience to right the ship. Reagan's greatness was rooted in his love for the country; Obama's failures are rooted in his disdain for America. Mitt merely has to demonstrate his love for America and voters will gravitate to his message.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Melissa

    A woman...who's worked outside the home. :>}

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Ed in California

    Dear Jack, let's review recent Vice Presidential History. Who in their right mind would have wanted Dick Cheney to become President? How about the current VP...you know "ole foot in mouth?" Following the trend of picking a VP who is so horrible no one dares impeach the President, Romney should select someone so mean and nasty their ethnicity and gender are neither apparent nor important! :-))

    PS: I think that was McCain's plan as well!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  120. DEAN COTTER

    Romney should pick the best VP candidate not just a women or a Hispanic. McCain's choice helped him with the republican base but not in the general election. Your question incinerates that we are a dumb and could not see through a “Base Choice” ; you must be a democrat.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  121. OldMo

    Olympia Snowe because they're both lib-dems. Also she'd be an ideal pick if you really, really want to throw an election.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  122. Lillith Keys

    Neither! Any VP pick is still going to have the qualities that both those groups don't like – Far right views which is what these two groups object to, not their gender, race, or nationality. That's what republicans don't get – do they really think that you can interchange one woman, one hispanic for another? I mean really – what does that say?? That says racist and misogynistic. That says Republican.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  123. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    If he chooes a woman, it better be a heavyweight like Condolezza Rice. Otherwise, we women are going to think he is trying to manipulate us into a feminist vote. We really hate it when politicians think we are that stupid (i.e. Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin) Maybe a Hispanic Republican man from California. (if there is such a thing)

    April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  124. Dennis in Oregon City, OR

    I'm not convinced that either a woman or a Hispanic running mate would make the Mitten Man any more attractive to the average American. His only chance may be to select Larry The Cable Guy as his partner, and attract the NASCAR fans, rather than just being buddies with NASCAR owners.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  125. timothy

    Jack, the guy is going to need 10 of them–one for each time the etch-a-sketch is reloaded.
    Tim in Des Moines

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  126. Stephanie Seattle

    Needs to select a honest pick with is view, then something about him might be REAL.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  127. Phil

    He will pick either marco rubio or condi rice. with either it's game, set , match..start packing barry!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  128. Brian

    He should pick a qualified VP. A women or an Hispanic won't help because it just seems obvious that he is pandering. Also, stop talking about Rubio. He won't help one bit. He is Cuban. Cuban's vote Republican anyway. Mexican's won't care.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  129. Dorothy, Kentucky

    Neither a woman or Hispanic can save Romney unless he wants to put them at the top of ticket. And since he thinks he's entitled, don't guess that will be happening

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  130. jeffreydcook

    Obviously a woman would be the better choice since women makeup half the population. Of course another few years of unprotected borders and unrestricted illegal immigration might change that very soon.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  131. Rich Johnson

    Hispanic and a Woman would be a good choice, ONLY if there is that special character in the field of choice. If unable to find this unique person, a Hispanic would be a good choice as long as they represent the TRUE middle class.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  132. Lawrence Pasquale

    Jack, If Romney had Jesus, 'Hey-Zeus' -if you will, as his running mate, it still wouldn't change the fact that he is clueless when it comes to the everday life of the average hard working American. Now maybe if ya throw a 'Holy Grail' into the mix he'll have half a chance aainst the well spoken President Obama.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  133. Janet

    I wouldn't pick either one. I think Mike Huckabee should be Romney's VP.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. snakdemon

    It doesn't matter. If Mitt gets someone qualified it makes him look dumber. If he picks a Latino or woman he is pandering to groups he can't sway. If he picks someone that doesn't overshadow him it will be the bland leading the bland. No one wants to be associated with him anyway. Even Bill Clinton couldn't help Mitt out of his hole.

    Little Rock, AR

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. Regis Zelenz

    Neither, Chris Cristy would be the overwhelming best choice because he understands what has to be done to right the U.S. and does not take any crap from anyone. I really wish he would be nominated for President at the Republican Convention this summer and have Mark Rubio as his running mate--what a team!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. dklucius

    after Palin last time around the voters simply won't accept another woman. so by default an Hispanic male would help
    to a degree or enen a Jeb Bush with an hispanic wife and fluent in spanish would be a good bet. but they would have to make it clear that they support a bigger quota for visas or green cerds

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  137. Nelson in NJ

    He is damaged goods and will damage whoever he picks as a running mate. If I were a Republican with thoughts of running for President in the future, I would be sure to check the caller ID whenever the phone rings, and let it go to voice mail.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  138. Kyle

    Gainesville, FL

    I don't think it will matter that much either way. What really matters is who they are and what they say. Romney picking a woman or hispanic will not solve the problem that is his position on the issues and will not win back those disaffected voters.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  139. Hector

    Jack, neither will help Romney. You are voting for president and not for vice-president. I am hispanic and I will not vote for Romney.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  140. Liz

    There is nobody Romney can pick as his VP to make up for his flip flips and trip into the far right. Perhaps Christie, however, I think even that choice would fail.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  141. Ron Balouville CT

    None of the above, prolly Goofy or Donald Duck, he needs someone with common sense on his administration. But this is all crasy talk, he will never get elected, we already had an incompetant republican press ole George W Bush.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  142. annie holmes

    Neither. Obama is doing a great job, the economy is returning to normal, and most voters are in the middle class, a group that the Republicans are definitely not looking out for. Nor are they looking out for women, minorities, or students. Lots of voters there. I don't think it makes any difference what VP running mate he picks.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  143. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Neither. No V.P. candidate can help Mitt. The only thing that could help him would be a "time machine" so he could go back to before there was video tape. The only thing that can help Mitt is Diebold, and with all the new Republican governors, I wouldn't count out a stolen election.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  144. Al

    I wish Romney would pick Rob Portman and remind voters how we go into this economic mess. As Bush's budget director. Portman increase the US public debt by 469 billion dollars. He held this position for less than 1 year...let's image what he can do with 4 years!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  145. Ibrahim al-banquet Salad (light on the dressing)

    RoMoney should pick an Asian-African-American-Indian-European-Latino who is a practicing Mormon.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  146. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Between the two choices I would say a woman. It should be stabilizing for politics. He should have Hilliary Clinton to show he can work both sides of the aisle. I would guess she even knows some Spanish.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  147. Nicholas

    Romney shouldnt try and stretch his appeal by choosing someone with a unique demographic characteristic. If he were smart, he would realize all Republicans are voting for him anyway and pick a candidate that is at the center of the political spectrum to attract the so-called Reagan Democrats, blue collar democrats, and/or independents. What's the point of catering to the wing of the political spectrum that Obama has no chance of penatrating?

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  148. BOYD AMES

    Fred Thompson... A brilliant statesman, understands finance issues, Lawyer so he can play the Capitol Hill Games with ease, AND.... his selection would pull all the evangelical right back into the GOP fold. By the way – Jon Huntsman would be an excellent Sec State.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  149. Peter Sava In Sebring Florida

    Your disdain for anything Republican being obvious,
    I would have to choose the one that irritates you the most.
    Picture me with a big cheesy grin !

    April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  150. aelfscine

    If he's smart, someone who isn't insane. Someone like Santorum would rabidly polarize the Left against him. Lots of left-leaning folks like myself aren't especially pleased with Obama, but if Romney picks a lunatic, we'll aggressively campaign against him. He needs to appease the middle of the country to have a chance – no women-hating, no immigrant-hating, no gay-hating. The thing that'll get him though is that in order to appear sincere, he actually has to do more than just sputter and hedge, which I doubt he'll do.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  151. Dave in alabama

    Nobody could spin Romney's statements or history to make him favorable to anybody other than old rich white men. Let's face it, his ideas are admirable but he thinks that the American government still lives in the 1940s. Sure he's got a lot of reasons to like him but as far as the American people know, the only thing that he positively 100% stands up for is his nomination for president. He's toast.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  152. ryan

    The guy on the Monopoly game maybe? Thurston Howll? Richie Rich? Daddy Warbucks? Gordon Gecko? So many to choices!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  153. Karen, Nashua, NH

    It doesn't matter who he picks-he doesn't stand a chance!! This presidential run is another one of his rich pipe dreams. A woman would be a smart choice, seeing how he has distanced himself from the female vote with his anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric!!!! But, then again thats a major flip-flop, right??? Typical Romney!!!!! You would have to be CRAZY to vote for Romney if you are a woman and even CRAZIER to run as his runing mate.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  154. john (Fl)

    No one can help Romney. He's a dud and too out of touch with the working class.

    FYI, if Rubio runs, that will make him a bigger liar that all the other want-a-be's.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  155. Robert Mimm

    Jack, did you know there are some Hispanic women? If Romney picked a Hispanic woman he could gain favor with the women and Hispanic categories, I bet his chanches of election would go up another three percentage points.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  156. Tina Dearing

    Romney should choose an alien woman...I suggest Sigourney Weaver

    April 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  157. michelle

    woman or hispanic makes no difference to me. He told us plain and clear how he feels about issues relating to both and to think that something as irrelevant as picking his VP will change this is utterly ridiculous. We are not fools.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  158. Gloria Roberts, Boston, MA

    Changing the mouthpiece doesn't alter the anti-woman, anti-minority message. As a half-Puerto Rican woman, I didn't buy it with Sarah Palin and I wouldn't buy it now. When will white men stop choosing women and minority candidates for marketing purposes? Give me a Hispanic, female vice-president who would be great at leading the country, not in the polls!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  159. Savina

    I am a Hispanic single mother of three kids and financially independent. Personally Romney doesn't convince me at all. I haven't heard one speech from him that makes me want to vote. Even if he has a Hispanic or a woman as a running mate I don't think it would make me change my mind. It actually scares me if he would become president. As for Obama well it's a little better then what I see with Romney.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  160. Paul

    Mitt already bears a stigma of pandering to get votes. His pick should be blind to gender, ethnicity and race. A well thought out choice of the best person for the job will show that he will make the hard decisions putting the best interests of the country first.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  161. selohssA

    Romney wont need the Hispanics, he'll have an overwhelming majority crossover
    and vote republican instead of dem because they're fed up with failed policies and dividing this country.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  162. Guest

    Condi Rice!!!! She is VERY well educated, could do the job if the president became unable, she has wonderful foreign policy experience

    April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  163. Jane of Texas

    What a dumb question. What we need is a President and Vice President that can get this great country back on track. A Vice President should have the knowledge and experience and qualifications to step up to the plate should that become necessary. They should exercise good leadership qualities and posess the skill to work with others to accomplish the goals of American people. It certainly should not be based on nationality or gender.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  164. Shawna

    I think it would be more beneficial for Romney to choose Sen. Rubio as his running mate. Even though Romney isn't very favorable among Hispanics right now, with Rubio as his running mate, it may give Hispanic voters a reason to give him a second look. But, after that second glance they will still vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  165. Jacob Park

    the last time republicans chose a woman, they chose sarah palin. you don't need a genius to be vp, i don't think joe biden's a genius. but you definitely don't need a mistake like sarah palin again. my opinion, they should get someone with more credibility. rubio might be great, but just like obama, he doesn't have the credibility to hold such a high position yet. someone as controversial as bob mcdonnell would be less controversial than rubio. i say go with ryan, someone who's bread and butter is the economy, making the economy the issue, not gender, not race, but the economy the main focus.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  166. Cecilia Ooltewah, Tennessee

    A born again, Hispanic, female who loves dogs

    April 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  167. Danram

    Who should Romney pick as his VP? A woman or a hispanic? Someone from a key swing state? Someone from the right wing to mollify the Tea Party set?

    None of the above.

    Romney should pick someone that he genuinely likes and respects and who is truly prepared to serve as president if anything were to happen to him. If a woman or hispanic or someone from a swing state can meet those criteria, fine. If not, that's fine too. But I agree with Nicholas above that it should be someone from the center of the politicla spectrum. The right-wingers are going to turn out to vote against Obama no matter what. Romney doesn't need any help there.

    But at all costs, Romney should avoid making the fatal mistake that John McCain made in 2008 when he picked Sarah Palin. Sure, she was good for a quick bounce in the polls for a couple of weeks. But when she actually had to open her mouth on issues of substance, the whole world very quickly saw how laughably unprepared she was to serve as president. In the long rub, she cost McCain far more votes than she got for him.

    I think Sen. Bob Portman of Ohio would be an excellent choice, and I'm betting that's who he picks.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  168. G in MA

    how about a hispanic woman who is gay and a veteran and poor, just to balance Mitt's shortcomings

    April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  169. Ben in Los Angeles, CA

    Romney should pick a woman, then after a couple of months waive that Etch a Sketch and dump her for a Hispanic.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  170. Manny in Roseville, Ca.

    This one is a slam dunk, Jack. Sylvia Guzman, founder of Amigos de Patriots in Texas. She's a woman, hispanic,conservative and for a class A panderer like Mitt Romney she could kill 2 birds or "pajaros" with one "piedra" or stone. Come to think of it if you say she could kill them with a gun that would make her a darling of the NRA as well. Oh what the heck if Romney is already using an etch a sketch for his campaign restart, why shouldn't he start the VP vetting process with a magic 8 ball

    April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  171. MC in TX

    Quite frankly in the current climate a woman will probably not help a whole lot. Thanks to Palin, Bachmann, O'Donnell, and others, I believe conservative woman are seen by many moderates and independents today as extremist mouthpieces. I'm not saying that's fair, but whereas Hillary did a lot to raise the image of women politicians, the big names in GOP women recently have done a lot to set things back. Romney would be much better served by choosing a Hispanic like Rubio who would attract a much wider demographic.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  172. Scott - Washington DC

    Asking if putting a woman or Latino on the ticket would help is the wrong question. Women and Latinos vote on issues, not on gender or surnames. Marco Rubio represents the interests of Latinos no more than Sarah Palin represents the interests or women or Allen West represents the interests of African-Americans.

    That said, if I were Romney I'd go with either Jeb Bush or Rob Portman.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  173. John Chachas

    People want COMPETENCE first and foremost. Real, substance. Cherry-picking a candidate who is one step away from leading the United States based on a political calculus is one dumb idea. Women are 1/2 of the nation, and 53% of the vote in the swing states Romney needs. A COMPETENT women is better than an appealing Hispanic man in those key states. A competent women with an ethnic attribute wouldn't be all bad. And so I return to one who could be President herself: Condoleeza Rice.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  174. kidegapress

    A woman V.P preferably Ann Romney will help Romney to win the white house, not to mention that Mit will get lost without her.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  175. Sirned

    Exxon or Bain Capital. They are People my friend...

    April 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  176. Scott - Washington DC

    Just the other week a hologram of the late Tupac performed at Coachella. I think Romney should use this technology and make a hologram of Ronald Reagan his running mate. Not the president Ronald Reagan – he's constitutionally ineligible and way too moderate. I mean the fictional character Republicans loosely base off the 40th president.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  177. Chris Judd

    Chris from West Jordan, UT

    Jack, the best VP pick would be Jon Huntsman. He has shown that he is the only independent thinking candidate in the GOP race. Romney can't win without independents, no matter their sex or ethnicity.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  178. Fitz

    Ron Paul. That's easy. He brings in votes from everywhere. Right/Left, Old/Young. not to mention his supporters would walk through glass for him. I personally would campaign everyday for Romney, if I thought there was a chance Paul would be in the mix.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  179. Popal

    Is America ready for a Hispanic president?

    April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  180. werewolf1

    Do a 360 and have Condi for Prez. and Mitt for VP.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  181. Nathan Prophet

    George W. Bush would be terrific. He would add some personality and laughs to the campaign. We could invade Iraq again, and maybe even Iran for good measure. Bring back the entire "W" administration; they did such a great service to this Nation!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  182. werewolf1

    Do a 360 and have Condi for Prez and Mitt for VP.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  183. Scooter bug

    He will be better served with a self-righteous Evangelical Christian. I will be voting for Obama, imperfect as he is.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  184. Jesse Torres

    Indeed. As if choosing a Hispanic will negate the vitrol republicans have shown towards Hispanics, Mexicans in particular. Any Hispanic that votes Republican, will vote against their best interest.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm |