As the race to become Mitt Romney’s running mate becomes more and more heated, not all political pundits are thrilled about the GOP’s top candidates. One pro-Obama super PAC has called the candidates “mistakes”, and depicted them as playing card Jokers on their web site.
The group, American Bridge, is calling the rollout of Romney’s VP choice the “2012 GOP VEEP MISTAKES”, trying to play off the idea that being selected as the vice presidential candidate is like winning a sweepstakes. The PAC is arguing that the Republicans will follow up their selection of a flawed Mitt Romney with an equally flawed vice president candidate.
“Just as Mitt was the best they could muster for the party’s standard bearer, their choices to fill the rest of the ticket aren’t much better. Four years after Sarah Palin, Republicans are once again poised to put forward a deeply flawed candidate as their vice presidential nominee.”
But what are they saying about the candidates individually?
“Romney’s economic case is predicated entirely on making people forget that President Obama inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. So just about the worst thing Romney could do would be to choose as his running mate George W. Bush’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget.”
“Last fall, the Washington Post exposed that Rubio had embellished his family’s history during his rapid ascent. But his meteoric rise also obscured a troubling history of ethical shortcomings during his time in the Florida state legislature.”
“In every race across the country, the Ryan budget plan is the albatross that hangs around the neck of Republican candidates. So why not set the task of defending the plan to the architect himself, Paul Ryan.”
“The Louisiana Governor exacerbated his state’s budget crisis during the economic downturn by insisting on tax cuts for the wealthy, thus creating a $2 billion deficit. At the same time, his massive cuts to higher education mean a less educated workforce that will make it harder to compete for 21st century jobs.”
Also mentioned, but without a written blurb at this point, is former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
For more information, check out this CNN article.
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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