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How about ‘Romney-Huckabee 2012?’

By Josh Richman
Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 2:05 pm in 2012 presidential election, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has recorded a commercial taking other Republican candidates to task for attacking Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital of downsizing companies:

I post this less for its content than for what it may portend: I’ve been saying for a while now that Huckabee looks like a strong contender for the vice presidential slot on a Romney ticket.

Huckabee, 56, finished first in Iowa in 2008 – and with a stronger performance than Romney’s this year – due to his strong bona fides with evangelical Christian conservatives, exactly the electorate Romney will need to reassure with his vice-presidential pick. He’s been building his name recognition with a weekly show on Fox News and a syndicated radio show, and building his donor network through his PAC.

By staying out of the field this year, Huckabee has kept his hands clean: There aren’t any embarrassing campaign-trail quotes to dredge up, as there would be with Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann or any of the others who’ve repeatedly hit Romney in recent months. And compared to much of this year’s field, he’s a strong, charismatic campaigner who’s likely to remain gaffe-free.

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  • John W

    Could happen. Would shore up evalgelical support (get them out to vote) but might backfire with independents. I wonder how people would react to a ticket that combines a former Mormon bishop and an evangelical.

    Romney once said he thought Cheney was a model for VP selection. I took that to mean somebody with depth of experience in governing (for better or worse) at the national level. The governor of NM would be a twofer (Latino and female). Rob Portman would represent experience and appeal to independents but, like Romney, is a bit bland.

  • For Liberty

    Two Men Trapped in One Body:

    “He’s just an honest man.”