Romney Might Unveil VP Pick Early

The Republican presidential nominee could announce his running mate several weeks before the convention

By Angela Nazworth, InvestorPlace Writer

Can a GOP President Fix The Economy?Traditionally, vice presidential candidates are unveiled close to a party’s national convention — about two months before the election. However, outside advisers to the Romney campaign told Reuters the Republican nominee may go against the grain and announce his VP pick earlier in the summer.

According to one anonymous source, the Romney team has discussed the advantages of naming the No. 2 pick a few weeks earlier than usual to pump up enthusiasm during August, which could lead to an increase of fund-raising dollars.

“You double your ability to campaign, you double your ability to raise money,” one Republican official told Reuters.

Romney’s timing for announcing his running mate — just like the names of potential picks on his top-secret list — is as clear as mud at this time. However, we do know that he bucked tradition in 2002 when he chose Kerry Healey as his running mate for the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. The move was controversial because Jim Rappaport had won the endorsement of the Republican state convention.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Senator Rob Portman are three names that often come up when political analysts mention Romney’s potential running mates. InvestorPlace‘s Wendy Simmons has compiled a list of five stellar choices should Romney decide to select a female for his No.2.

The opinions contained in this column are solely those of the writer.

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