Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator, Texas
Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a senator from Texas since 1993. She is retiring from the Senate at the end of this year and plans to return to private life. But Romney would be wise to consider Hutchinson as a running mate. She’s known in the Senate for being pragmatic, bipartisan and pro-business. She teamed up with Democrat John Kerry in sponsoring legislation to create a national infrastructure bank.
Another plus: Senator Hutchison would not appear similar to Sarah Palin. After serving in the Senate for almost 20 years, Hutchison is well-known to Washington insiders and has plenty of experience campaigning. She also has a deep legislative background, serving on the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.
Perhaps most important to Romney, Hutchison would be a big help in repairing the GOP’s image among women. Senator Hutchison has been the most public face of the Republican effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, taking care to highlight the ways that Republicans want to strengthen the legislation and minimizing the more controversial aspects of the bill.