By Henry Decker

GOP Insiders Love Rob Portman; Voters Do Not

May 7, 2012 4:00 pm Category: Memo Pad 7 Comments A+ / A-

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been all over the news recently as speculation builds that he may be added to Mitt Romney’s ticket as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Portman, a former four-term congressman and budget director for George W. Bush, was the overwhelming choice of Republican National Committee members in an informal survey which was recently conducted by BuzzFeed.

“He’s not going to be Palin — he’s not going to be fighting to get in front of cameras, [Portman] knows his place,” one Midwestern committeeman told BuzzFeed.

“He was born to be the guy standing next to the guy,” said another.

Republican insiders may love the idea of nominating the uncontroversial, wonkish Portman, but they are just about the only ones who are thrilled by the idea. According to several polls, most voters don’t seem to have any idea who Portman is.

A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that only 8 percent of voters think that Portman would be a good choice as Romney’s running mate. 9 percent think that he would be a bad choice, and a whopping 79 percent have no opinion.

Even in Portman’s home state of Ohio, the senator is not well known. According to a Public Policy Polling survey from February, 42 percent of Ohio voters have no opinion of Portman — a higher number than the polling group saw for any other sitting Senator in his home state. Indeed, according to a Fox News poll from April 19th, President Obama leads a hypothetical Romney/Portman ticket by 6 points in the Buckeye State — the exact same margin by which he leads without Portman.

“We have run focus groups on him in the state where people said – Who?” one Obama campaign adviser told CBS News.

In other words, Portman does nothing to improve Romney’s chances of winning Ohio — a state that, by most accounts, Romney must win to have any chance of defeating the president.

Furthermore, there are signs that voters won’t love Portman once they get to know him. As The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza points out, being the insider’s choice for the nomination might be a liability at a time when voters are generally disgusted by Washington. Additionally, given that a plurality of voters still blame President Bush for the country’s economic woes, nominating the Bush Administration’s former budget director may not be the best way to combat the Obama campaign’s message of moving forward.

Overall, it appears that — like Florida Senator Marco Rubio — Rob Portman may be a better running mate in theory than he would be in practice.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IU7C6LDOPNAQYSZWIQJDJFWVPU james

    I live in Ohio and Portman would be a bad choice for Romney for several reasons. First off ,as Bush’s budget director, he eliminates any chance Romney has of avoiding the “here we go again” factor. The only shot he has to win Ohio is to somehow convince voters that he does not represent more of the same and picking Portman will say loudly that he does. Next is the fact that Ohio is already running pretty anti-GOP right now because of Gov. Kaisich, picking the senator won’t change that and will be seen as pandering. Lastly he doesn’t add anything to the ticket really, Romney is already supposed to be the big money genius so why does he need a V.P. with a financial background? Portman is not a big name, has no real expertise in anything except being the guy who gave China “most favored trading status” and would be a clear signal to independents that Romney is nothing but Bush light.

  • ObozoMustGo

    DISTRACTIONS………. DISTRACTIONS…………. DISTRACTIONS…………….

    This all just nothing but distractions intended to take our eyes away from the real damage that Obozo The Incompetent is inflicting on America on an almost daily basis. Witness his latest Executive Order where he continues to give away American sovereignty. He is an incompetent thug and he must be thrown out.

    This is excerpted from examiner dot com and is written by Kenneth Schortgen Jr. Read it and weep, as I have.
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    On May 1st, President Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order which opens the door for the United States to give up economic and environmental sovereignty through the promotion of a single international regulatory system.

    This regulatory system would seek to gobally streamline cooperation between nations for trade, environmental, and legislative processes on the international stage.

    Section 1. Policy. Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review), states that our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. In an increasingly global economy, international regulatory cooperation, consistent with domestic law and prerogatives and U.S. trade policy, can be an important means of promoting the goals of Executive Order 13563.

    The regulatory approaches taken by foreign governments may differ from those taken by U.S. regulatory agencies to address similar issues. In some cases, the differences between the regulatory approaches of U.S. agencies and those of their foreign counterparts might not be necessary and might impair the ability of American businesses to export and compete internationally. In meeting shared challenges involving health, safety, labor, security, environmental, and other issues, international regulatory cooperation can identify approaches that are at least as protective as those that are or would be adopted in the absence of such cooperation. International regulatory cooperation can also reduce, eliminate, or prevent unnecessary differences in regulatory requirements. – Whitehouse dot gov

    While the need for economic coorperation between nations and trading partners is crucial, these agreements are normally facilitated between governments through individual trade agreements, and not by a globally designated regulatory body. Already countries are giving up their sovereignty through such agreements like Agenda 21, which places draconian impacts on US land owners to use their property as they see fit.

    The goal of many global leaders and central banks is the facilitation of a singular economic system, where financial and economic decisions are made from a single body. The formation of the G-20, as well as annual meetings by economic leaders in Davos, Switzerland, promote and create policies that bind nations to trade and regulatory processes without acceptance by legislative representatives.

    President Obama has been actively signing several Executive Orders over the past two months, many of which imply or allow the Federal government to take control over private property, and the lawful use of that property, with little recourse of due process for businesses and land owners. In March, Obama signed an unnumbered Executive Order which provides the Federal government the power to confiscate land, infrastructure, and human resources in both peacetime, and during a declared crisis. One month later, the President issued an additional Executive Order which allows the government to nationalize, and take control of all natural gas resources.

    Every day, more and more economic sovereignty is being signed away by the Obama Administration, with the intention of facilitating a new global economic system whereby the American people and American businesses no longer have the right of due process in the US legal system, but instead are bound under international law and regulation. This new Executive Order signed by President Obama on May 1st is another move towards global governance, and the loss of economic sovereignty for the citizens of the United States.
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    Have a nice AND informed day!

    • 1AmericanHoney27

      Bozomust go…. Why take up so much space to say nothing? Continuously bad mouthing our wonderful president just shows your stupidity. Weren’t you ever taught it’s better to be thought of as stupid than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt…. Since you wouldn’t’ except my offer of Prep H to shrink your tongue I can only offer you a box of Kleenex for your tears come November.
      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012. H. Clinton/????? 2016. Get the picture….
      You have a Blessed Day……..

      • ObozoMustGo

        Honey… I suppose you didn’t read the truth about Obozo’s executive order, did you? Probably can’t bear to read the truth about how you messiah is giving away our country, can you? Too bad for you, I will continue to expose the fraud that Obozo is.

        Now, get back to your bottle of honey flavored bourbon. You’ve another fifth to kill today so you can pass out early.

        Have a nice drunk day!

        • 1AmericanHoney27

          Well no- no Bozo you removed all doubt didn’t ya… You’ve been the biggest joke of my day. Drinking, I think not……. My biggest task today is to decide if you’re all A$$ or just the hole… Again you remind us of the north end of a south bound jack-a$$…. Didn’t your parents ever teach you that you can’t always believe what you read or were you just standing behind the door when God passed out the brains… NOW no more time for you…. I’ve got that decision to make.
          Thanks for the laugh….

          • ObozoMustGo

            You need some new material, honey. I think this is the 3rd time you’ve come up with the same lines. I know that’s asking a lot of a leftist nutjob moron like you. But I think you can at least find a web site or something that you can steal more canned insults from, cant you? Maybe there’s an advert for mail order insults in the back of your High Times mag? I’m just sayin….

            Have a nice day!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

    I can’t understand why people won’t consider Sarah Palin as Mitt’s running mate. She at least has the experience of running on a losing ticket. That seems to be exactly what republicans need at this point.

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