Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman is stepping up his try-outs for VP by stumping for Romney yesterday in Greensburg, PA. Last month, Portman ran a jaunt on the campaign trail with Romney in his home-state. As you may recall, we examined Rob’s credentials a few months ago and determined that he’d be a good safe bet for VEEP.
What People Are Saying
Dartmouth Alumni Rob Portman has been picking up positive accolades from professors at his old college. Government Professor Linda Fowler told The Dartmouth newspaper, “Portman is on the short list because he represents Ohio, a must-win swing state for Romney. He has stature within the Republican Party and good relationships with Democrats in Congress, and he also has broad experience governing with past positions ranging from international trade to the budget.”
Thomas Mann, a government studies scholar at the Brookings Institution, added: “Portman is a good choice and he’s seen as a safe choice because he’s got substantial experience in the executive as well as the legislative branch, and he’s got a reputation among colleagues for being a serious-minded guy.”
Meanwhile, big media politicos are making their opinions known — that for sure Romney will pick Portman for his VP nominee. Newsweek’s Paul Begala, National Journel’s Major Garrett, Politico’s Maggie Haberman, and The Atlantic’s Eric Randall all say they are sure Rob Portman tops the US Vice President list.