May 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers asked only Republican members of its Reader Sounding Board who the presumptive GOP nominee should select. Below are the responses.
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Jeb Bush, if he will agree to run. He has what it takes to run the nation if something should happen to the president. He proved his ability as governor of Florida.
Rachel Stafani, Stuart
Nancy Madsen, Vero Beach
Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s moderately conservative, younger and understands what it means to raise a family in Florida. He also understands voters’ personal choices should not be overruled by his. Unfortunately, I do not believe he will not settle for the VP slot.
Caryn Lones, Port St. Lucie
I have whittled it down to Sen. Marco Rubio or Gov. Chris Christie. Both are qualified and each brings something to the table.
Christie brings his “to the point, pithy” communication and ability to get things done. Could we have co-vice-presidential candidates?
I guess not, so I have decided on Rubio. He has as much experience as the current president of the United States, plus his Hispanic heritage and on top of that hisTea Party philosophy. What a winning combination! Sorry, Gov. Christie, another time perhaps.
Susan Smith, Jensen Beach
Marco Rubio is young, dynamic, with standards similar to older Americans, like myself. He has experience with the intricacies of Washington, but not to a point of diminishing return. He is of Hispanic heritage, and can readily relate to the growing Spanish population in our country. Plus he will be able to gain the support of younger voters. Marco would be a win-win choice for Florida and U.S.A.
Charles Martoe, Vero Lake Estates
He should select Marco Rubio to insure the Florida Hispanic vote. That is, unless he can find a black, Hispanic, female, lesbian to run with him — anything to beat ‘Bama.
Leon Weech, Fort Pierce
Rick Santorum; he’s the only one who appears to be truthful about the issues and for that he suffered a loss of the presidential nomination. We need him in there to keep Romney straight, if that’s possible.
Richard H. Minetti, Vero Beach
He won’t do it, but I’d love to see Gov. Romney pick Newt Gingrich. Newt would take no prisoners. He would give PresidentObama nightmares. This election will be the dirtiest ever, but with Newt, it would be fun. Nobody comes close to Newt in wisdom, experience and ability.
Florida is the key to this year’s election, so I’d be happy if Romney picks Marco Rubio. He’s young and smart and reflects America’s changing demographics while personifying her image as a haven for immigrants who want to come here, work hard, and succeed.
In the end, although it’s fun to speculate, it probably doesn’t make much difference who the VP nominee is — Rubio, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Gov. Mitch Daniels. I remember being convinced in 1960 that Henry Cabot Lodge’s foreign policy experience would swing the election for Richard Nixon. Lodge was never a factor. People vote for the head of the ticket.
If we’re going to save America from squandering our children’s future, there couldn’t be a clearer choice in 2012.
Fred Brown, Port St. Lucie
I would like to see Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., selected to run on the Republican ticket as vice president. I feel that he would adhere to the Conservative principles of small government and reducing “entitlements.”
Deena Messinger, Palm City
Georgia Swan, Port St. Lucie
I like Congressman Allen West for Mitt Romney’s running mate. He has a military background, integrity, loves our country, and our Constitution that has made our country great. He has principles, common sense, faith, love of family, intelligence, and has no fear of telling the truth. He is a statesman and not the typical politician. He says what he means, and has the facts to back it up. May God Bless America and Allen West!
Judy Safewright, Stuart
There are many I would like, but I bet columnists Anthony Westbury and Eve Samples are pulling for Allen West — anything to get him out of their district. I will vote for West in any race he is in.
Bruce Center, St. Lucie County
Ron Paul is the best choice that Romney could make. Paul is an honest, trustworthy person with a levelheaded competence lacked by many other Republican “leaders.”
The Republican Party has lost touch with moderate Republicans and needs a moderate person like Paul if they expect to get votes from anyone other than the far right extreme types.
Harold Gray, Vero Beach
Ron Paul. He understands the core principals of the Constitution and has been inside the Beltway for a very long time without being corrupted by the power he has held. The press has had time vet him. He has more support than it would seem. He would be able to serve as president if needed.
Brian Heady, Vero Beach
He needs a woman who appeals to youth. Those are his biggest weaknesses and Barack Obama’s biggest strengths.
David Myhre, Stuart
Marco Rubio would help get us Florida and perhaps gain us back votes in the Latino community. Rep. Paul Ryan would be an excellent choice. He has a clear head when it comes to budget matters and we can sure use a lot more of that.
Roger Field, Stuart
I believe that Mitt needs to select an experienced, moderate conservative member of Congress for his VP. Why? Negotiating the halls of Congress will be a huge challenge for the candidate when elected. It is fine to make proposals in the campaign, but to implement those proposals, he needs Congress to buy in and support his agenda. The diametrically opposed parties at this point are dysfunctional. We need leadership and Congressional support to reduce the size of the federal government and our national — disgraceful — debt.
Bob Quinn, Stuart
He should pick a military veteran, preferably one from the Desert Storm/Iraq/Afghanistan era, who has demonstrated leadership ability and understanding of the issues facing our younger citizens. We need to hear the voice of a new generation.
Rita Richardson, Sebastian
Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio would make excellent running mates. Either gentleman would help balance the ticket and do well for our nation, despite whatever the opposition will say.
Michael A. Goodfellow, Sebastian