It’s pretty clear at this point that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for President. It’s not over, but it’s pretty close.
And one of the most important decisions that Romney will have to make in his quest for the Presidency, is who to select as a running mate. For what it’s worth, I think that Rob Portman would be a great choice. He’d be a tremendous Vice Presidential candidate, and if God forbid, tragedy befell a Romney Administration and the Vice President had to step up and fill the position of President, no one, in my opinion, would be more prepared to take on the awesome responsibilities of that office than Rob Portman.
I’ve been fortunate enough to know and work with Rob Portman for more than 20 years now. We represented adjoining Congressional districts in the House of Representatives for more than a decade. Sharing the responsibilities of representing Greater Cincinnati in Congress for all those years gave me considerable insight into the real Rob Portman.
He’s honest, hard-working, smart, detail-oriented and dedicated to his wonderful family. Perhaps his greatest asset is his wife Jane, who is a leader in her own right.
Perhaps most importantly, the Romney campaign won’t have to worry about getting Rob Portman up to speed to fulfill his role as a Vice Presidential candidate. He knows the issues inside and out. In fact, he’s so knowledgeable and such a good debater that when the Bush/Cheney campaign and the McCain campaign were looking for a top-notch debater to fill in as their debate prep opponent, they chose Rob Portman to play that critical role. Cheney even commented that Portman was a tougher (and better) opponent than Joe Lieberman was in the real debate!
In addition, Rob Portman has already been vetted for a job in the Executive Branch of the government – twice. First, when he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the Cabinet level position of U.S. Trade Representative, after leaving Congress. And then when he was again confirmed by the United States Senate to fill the critical position of Director of the OMB (Office of Management and Budget.) And when you consider how critical it is that we get our $16 trillion plus budget debt under control, experience in this area is very important.
On the political front, it’s been pointed out many times that no Republican has ever won the Presidency without carrying Ohio. And there’s no question that Rob Portman could be critical in ensuring that Ohio goes for Romney in November. Looking back at Rob’s own Senate race in 2010, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher was leading Rob by double-digits when that race got underway. By the time Election Day rolled around, Rob Portman had turned his underdog candidacy into an 18 point victory, and carried 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He could do it again.
Look, there are some other great candidates Mitt Romney will consider to be his running mate, among them Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, and Nikki Haley to name but a few. But after he’s considered the pros and cons of each one, I would submit that the best choice he could make is Senator Rob Portman.
Now let’s win this election and get our country back on the right track!