Republican Party vice presidential candidate selection, 2012
2012 U.S. Presidential Election
This article lists possible candidates for the Republican nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election. On May 29, 2012, former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts won a majority of pledged delegates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and became the presumptive nominee.
On August 11, 2012, Romney officially announced his selection of Paul Ryan as his running-mate to supporters via an iPhone app, though the selection of Ryan had already leaked to the press hours before the official announcement. Ryan is the major parties' first-ever vice-presidential candidate from Wisconsin.
Romney asked Beth Meyers, an aide, to head up the search team for selecting a vice presidential candidate. It was speculated that Romney might announce his running mate in July to create early enthusiasm and boost fundraising, but this proved untrue. Romney stated that he would select a pro-life vice presidential candidate.
Media speculation on possible vice presidential candidates
Political analyst Larry Sabato stated that Romney could pick a vice presidential running mate that would help electorally such as by delivering a swing state or a demographic group. Romney's associates suggested the VP pick was likely to be someone mild-mannered with high integrity and have a similar aptitude for analysis. Media speculation and analysis on vice presidential picks included:
- Kelly Ayotte – Junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
- Rand Paul – Junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky
- Rob Portman – Junior U.S. Senator from Ohio, former OMB director
- Marco Rubio – Junior U.S. Senator from Florida
- John Thune – Junior U.S. Senator from South Dakota
- Pat Toomey – Junior U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
- Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey
- Nikki Haley – Governor of South Carolina
- Bobby Jindal – Governor of Louisiana
- John Kasich – Governor of Ohio.
- Susana Martinez – Governor of New Mexico
- Bob McDonnell – Governor of Virginia
- Brian Sandoval – Governor of Nevada
- Rick Snyder – Governor of Michigan
Former U.S. Senators
- David Petraeus – retired general, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Donald Trump – real-estate mogul, author, television personality
According to the book Double Down, Romney's campaign narrowed down his list of potential nominees for Vice President to Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty, United States Senator from Ohio Rob Portman, United States Senator from Florida Marco Rubio, and United States Representative from Wisconsin Paul Ryan.
Having returned from his overseas tour of the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland, Romney planned a bus tour of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida with his then-yet to be announced running mate. It was possible that Romney could have chosen to stall his announcement until at least August 12, the last day of the Summer Olympics, in order to attract greater media and voter attention while still allowing time for campaigning and fundraising before the Republican National Convention, which begins on August 27.
On August 10, 2012, it was announced that Romney would introduce his running mate on August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia, after touring the USS Wisconsin, leading several news sources to speculate that his choice would be U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Shortly after 7 a.m. on August 11, the Romney campaign officially announced Ryan as its choice for Vice President through its mobile app titled "Mitt's VP".
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