The mumblings have already started about whom some Republican candidates would choose for a vice presidential running mate. Some are saying they view Mitt Romney-Newt Gingrich as a “dream ticket.”
Florida Senate president Mike Haridopolos today called that a “dream ticket” in the making. Haridopolos, who last week formally endorsed Romney as the Republican nominee for president, said Gingrich’s ability to make things happen in Washington make him the perfect choice as a running mate, according to Florida today.
Chris Christie the governor of New Jersey might also be positioning himself for the invitation. Although he says he has the job he wants, it would be “presumptuous to refuse his party if a nominee came calling.”
Poll results released last week by Quinnipiac University indicated 55 percent of New Jersey voters, including 60 percent of Republicans, said it was very likely or somewhat likely Christie would be the vice presidential nominee this year. However, two-thirds of voters thought he didn’t have the right kind of personality for that job. Some believe Christie has his eye on running for president in 2016. Are the personality requirements different between presidents and vice presidents?
Nikki Haley South Carolina governor is a rising star in the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of Mitt Romney. She has categorically rejected running for the vice presidency. “No,” she said when asked whether she would accept a place on the Romney ticket. I love being governor of South Carolina.”
Isn’t this what they all say until they get the call?
Ms. Haley is Indian-American born of Sikh immigrant parents, coupled with the fact that she is the governor of a Southern state would make this an exciting ticket. This combination captures both females and ethnic voters.
Some other names mentioned for vice president are Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida; Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada; Gov. Bobby Jindhal of Louisiana; Gov.of Virginia; and , former governor of Minnesota.
Whomever the Republicans choose for their party’s VP nominee, there are certain characteristics they should be looking for in their choice, in addition to the well known Southern Strategy.
What comprises a balanced presidential ticket?
In general the vice presidential nominee should have rural and urban appeal, energetic and wise leadership evoking hometown themes, party loyalty, and most importantly be thoroughly vetted, so there are no surprises when the serious campaigning begins in the fall. Northern nominees looking to capture the Southern vote search those states for promising candidates.
The value of the vice president is short lived. An aide to Hubert Humphrey capsulizes it this way: “Once the election is over, he is like the second stage of a rocket. He’s damn important going into orbit, but he’s always thrown off to burn up in the atmosphere.” Despite the value added component during campaigning of a viable vice presidential candidate, in real terms their impact is ephemeral.
Presidential nominees choose individuals that boost them into the presidency. Vice presidents then must be willing to assume the lesser, supportive role to president and preside over the Senate. In Senate duties, they are not to use their position to influence the passage of legislation. In recent decades, the vice presidency has been used as a stepping stone to launch bids for the presidency once the standing president has served two terms in office.
The vice president’s powers are limited, and one of his best attributes is supporting the policy decisions of the president in both foreign and domestic issues. In this capacity, they are the ambassador for the president here and abroad.
Eligibility for vice president: 1) natural-born citizen; 2) be at least 35 years old; 3) have resided in the U.S. for at least 14 years. His salary is $230,000 per year. The vice president does not automatically receive a pension based on that office, but instead receives the same pension as other members of Congress based on his position as president of the Senate. The vice president must serve a minimum of five years to qualify for a pension.
As the field of Republican presidential candidates narrows, the selection for a qualified vice presidential running mate will become more competitive. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will name a search committee to vet his short list of potential running mates. And the short list will be released for public reactions because choosing a vice presidential candidate isn't easy, and history is full of selections that didn't turn out the way the top of the ticket intended.
Vice presidential candidates are propelled into prominence seemingly overnight, but they also can disappear as quickly as the drama for the second in command unravels.