The Republican Running-Mate Round-Up

The Republican Running-Mate Round-Up


Look Who Doesn’t Want To Be VP This Month…

You know the games we play at this time in the election season. Don’t act like you want it. Keep your head down. Show your dedication to the job. Make them court you. Finally agree to it once the media has responded favorably and every important voice in politics has demanded that you come out of hiding. Even then, it’s practically political suicide for anyone with real ambitions of becoming the president one day. Only FOUR vice presidents in U.S. history have gone on from the office of the vice presidency to win a direct election:

    John Adams (1796)
    Thomas Jefferson (1800)
    Martin Van Buren (1836)
    George Bush (1988).

That being said, let’s take a look at who’s playing the game…

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas

What He Says: “I think you kind of go, ‘Vice President… Governor of Texas…’ ” Rick Perry said, mimicking a scale with his hands as he weighed the jobs. “John Nance Garner had a pretty good handle on that.” (As you may recall, John Nance Garner was famously quoted as saying, “This job isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit.”)

Why He Should Want It: Rick Perry is one of the longest serving governors with a tenure of 10 years and 216 days. He’s tough on crime, he saved the state more than $3 billion by using his line item veto powers, he fought frivolous malpractice lawsuits, he’s kept taxes low, and he’s managed to increase spending on education when most other states are cutting their budgets. Since the 2012 election will undoubtedly be about the economy, a Republican ticket could sure use a fiscal conservative.


Marco Rubio, Florida Senator

What He Says: “I’m flattered, but I will not be anyone’s running mate. I’m focused on this job here in the U.S. Senate.” Also, one of his close advisors is rumored to have said, “I’ve heard that rumor too. But he may not think he’s ready yet. There’s always 2016.”

Why He Should Want It: Marco Rubio has been called a “Rock Star” by Texan Senator John Cornwyn, who adds that Rubio is “a popular guy, not just in Florida, but around the country.” Strategists point out that he’d bring the swing state of Florida over to the Republicans; he has Republican, Conservative and Tea Party support; he has Cuban roots so he could drum up support in Latino communities; and 57 of 100 ideas he brought to the table became law in what Newt Gingrich called “a work of genius.” In other words… this guy is Dynamite!

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  • mw

    “Only FOUR vice presidents in U.S. history have gone on from the office of the vice presidency to win a direct election.”

    This is both inaccurate and misleading. Truman was VP for FDR and won re-election, Nixon was VP to Eisenhower and went on to win two elections for President. Moreover, being Vice President is practically a lock on securing the Party nomination, make the road to the Presidency much easier. Finally, history shows that serving in the VP role quite often leads to the presidency, even if not always via an election. Presidents sometimes resign or die in office.

    John Tyler – on death of William H Harrison in 1841
    Millard Fillmore – on death of Zachary Taylor in 1850
    Andrew Johnson – on assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865
    Chester Arthur – on assassination of James Garfield in 1881
    Theodore Roosevelt – on assassination of William McKinley in 1901
    Calvin Coolidge – on death of Warren G Harding in 1923
    Harry S Truman – on death of Franklin D Roosevelt in 1945
    Lyndon B Johnson – on assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963
    Gerald R Ford – on resignation of Richard M Nixon in 1974

    I’m counting 15 of our 44 Presidents were VP’s first – more than 30%. In fact there is no more likely path to the presidency, than through the office of the Vice President.

  • Anthony Lopez

    Rick perry is a fraud, Texas is borrowing money to balance the books and Texas has the most low paying jobs in the nation.The best this has done has keep the unemployment 1% below the national average.Gov Perry does have good hair.

  • Jennn Fusion

    MW – Here I was merely counting people who served as VP, later ran in a separate bid for the Presidency and won. There were only 4 people to ever accomplish that feat. However, you are right in that many more VPs ascended to the Presidency through other means. For instance, 9 became President through death or resignation. You can read more about the particulars here, in fact: Although, you do seem to know your stuff!

  • mw

    Mmmm… okay… but – by that criteria your count is still off – as was mine. Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Teddy Roosevelt all served as VP, later ran in a separate bid for the Presidency and won. So that makes eight. I think we got them all now.

  • cranky critter

    Even so, the data suggests that if you are VP, death is a better plan than candidacy. So much less work, too. :-)

    Still no idea why Perry is getting grouped at the kids table with the VPs when he’s already risen to 2nd place in the gop nom polls. He should pass Romney by Labor Day.

  • Jennn Fusion

    MW – What about Lyndon B Johnson?

    HAHA, Cranky Critter… I always love your posts. After the debate this past Tuesday, I’m wondering if Perry really wants it anymore.

  • Croup Cough

    As a Christian Iraqi, I am aiming for a republican to win, particularly a conservative republican. I think Rick Perry has a shot, Anyhow, Good luck to all republicans!