Charlie Crist I completely understand because his regional appeal could lock up Florida as tight as a drum. Bobby Jindal, who’ll turn 37 on June 10, is a complete and utter “huh?” to me and seems more of a novelty candidate because of how young he is. Romney has always been part of the VP chatter, but if McCain picked Mitt that would suck nearly all of the authenticity out of his campaign.
Here’s more from the NY Times on Crist…
In Florida, Mr. Crist has long been known for his affability and a campaign skills. Instantly recognizable because of his perpetual tan and striking white hair, Mr. Crist, who served as Floridaâ€™s attorney general before being elected governor in 2006, has also acquired a reputation as something of a hard-liner on law and order issues.
He supports the death penalty, largely opposes restrictions on the rights of gun owners, early on earned the nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” because he favored allowing convicts to be used in road work, and has described himself as a “pro-life and pro-family” candidate.
Mr. Jindal, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., to a family that had just arrived there from the Punjab area of India, took office as Louisianaâ€™s governor in January after serving three years in the House of Representatives. Mr. Jindal, who was born a Hindu but became a Roman Catholic as a teenager, campaigned for governor as a social conservative, opposing human embryonic stem cell research and abortion in any form and favoring teaching â€œintelligent designâ€ in schools as an alternative to evolution.
But Mr. Jindal also has a reputation as a policy wonk, like the Clintons, with a specialty in health care issues. After graduating in 1991 from Brown University, where he majored in biology and public policy, and attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Jindal worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company and was executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He later served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and in the Bush administration as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for planning and evaluation.
And you probably know much of what the Romster brings, but nonetheless…
Mr. Romney, a former chief executive who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination this year, has made no secret of his desire to join Mr. McCainâ€™s presidential ticket. As a vice president, Mr. Romneyâ€™s business background â€” including running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics â€” could address concerns about Mr. McCainâ€™s ability to manage the struggling economy.
Out of these three, who would you pick if you were McCain?