They were longshots at best, now barring a unusual technique of misdirection, it’s unlikely the United States will see another woman running for Vice President in 2012.
Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, and Susana Martinez, along with 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, Ohio Governor John Kasick, and our very own Rick Scott were confirmed speakers for the the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.
If they’re speakers at the convention, it means they won’t be accepting nominations at the convention. This means Rice, Haley, and Martinez are out of the Veepstakes.
With perhaps the exception of Rice, the others were poor matchups against Vice-President Joe Biden and brought little else to the table in terms of electoral votes or heightened policy knowledge.
There was strong buzz for Rice a couple of weeks back. Her Secretary of State experience and time as National Security Advisor made her a popular pick. She demonstrated that she could stand the heat from the media and would be a much needed sign of diversity within the Republican party that might lure some independents and unhappy Democrats. Her star will continue to rise and so will her book sales after this positive press.
South Carolina’s Haley will also be okay. Only 40 years old, she was too young and inexperienced for a Romney administration that wants someone capable of stepping into the Oval Office if needed. Another first term Governor would also have not been well received. She’ll get a prime speaking slot at the convention and she could give the Romney campaign some buyers remorse if she gets Republicans excited.
The Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez would have made a lot of sense but, like I’ve mentioned before, the sword shakes in her hand when she should be swinging it confidently. In a close race like this one, Republicans can’t take any chances with a running mate who will freeze at the wrong time.
This leaves New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte as the lone female still, reportedly being considered and auditioning. She wants the job and isn’t shy about telling you but, she’s even more of a liability than Martinez. She belongs in the Senate.
The key-note speaker hasn’t been announced yet but, many expect it will be popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The big guy should bring the house down if he gets the opportunity.
The big names left in the Veepstakes are Ohio Senator Rob Portman (my prediction), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Mitt Romney is expected to make a decision over the next few days. This would give the nominee enough time to prepare for a big campaign moment at the RNC.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is a confirmed speaker for the Republican National Convention.