Jansing and Co | May 30, 2012
>>> now that mitt romney has crossed the threshold to become the republican nominee the stakes are adding up. here to play the favorite game, s susan . top three picks for mitt romney .
>> rob portman , senator thune and tim polen paw lenty. he has worked in democrat leaning state and has been quite loyal. when he got out of the race he backed romney and has been campaigning ever since. thune because he is so relatable. he is great on the stump and can go one-on-one with people and the press, of course.
>> senator, you like rob portman but then chris christie and marco rubio . tell me why.
>> they aren't my choices but i think they are choices that the romney camp will take a hard look at. obviously rubio from florida a very important state. christie would shake things up some. i would want to lead an effort to put donald trump on their ticket. i would pay for the bumper stickers. trump. if not trump then gingrich.
>> i'm guessing that you are not in the trump camp, susan . you are not happy with what happened with trump.
>> it didn't make sense for romney to go with trump on the day where he could have had a fabulous all attention on him kind of day.
>> speaking of taking attention you're not crazy about senators picks. you don't think marco rubio or chris christie .
>> i think those are people that republicans would like to see. i don't think they are the best choices for romney .
>> mostly rubio inexperienced and needs a little more time out there.
>> been there and done that with sarah palin .
>> a lot of people think he could be a game changer. i don't think vp candidates do change the game. chris christie he has said he is not ready to be president. and you never put someone on the ticket who may be more popular than you are.
>> is that why you pick also jeb bush ?
>> the last one was jeb bush because of his last name.
>> i wonder if there is a dark horse candidate out there. certainly sarah palin was a shocker the last time. there has been a lot of buzz about mike huckabee . he is popular with strong conservative credentials. he has name recognition . do you think there is any chance, senator, that romney will go bold with somebody like mike huckabee ?
>> i think the problem at the moment for mr. romney is he has to find his way back somewhere towards the center. this primary season is taking the far fringe right. his trick is going to be to try to move a little closer to the center. let me say with respect to rubio i don't think he is ready. with respect to christy i mention his name, as well. that adds a volatility to the ticket.
>> what about jeb bush ? do you think jeb bush is somebody that democrats wouldn't want mitt romney to choose?
>> i think it takes a while to get over the bush brand. i don't think he will be selected.
>> i think from a purely democratic standpoint who do you think senator the democrats would love of the names that are out there most to have him pick? who is the weakest candidate of those that are really out there in the mix a lot?
>> donald trump . and newt gingrich having won primaries. i do think that it's very unlikely the selection of a vice presidential candidate will have much of an impact on the race. in most cases probability an exception in 1960 putting lyndon johnson on the ticket in texas it carried a candidate. in most cases it is not. there are plenty of people out there. plenty of people that mr. romney can take a look at to put on the ticket. i think it is going to be a close race. i think this is going to be a difficult presidential contest for both sides.
>> susan , we are not going to see a surprise here?
>> i think it will be somebody that mitt romney has to be comfortable with.
>> always good to have you on. great to have you. thank you so much.