Romney’s VP pick may determine the election

If Romney's VP selection wins strong approval, his campaign will secure invaluable new momentum.

July 31, 2012 15:05
Mitt Romney delivers speech in Jerusalem

Mitt Romney delivers speech in Jerusalem 370 (R). (photo credit: Jason Reed / Reuters)


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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential running-mate in the coming days. With polls indicating a tight race for the White House, several candidates have been touted to join Romney on the Republican ticket. This list includes US Senators Marco Rubio, Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte; Governors Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie and Tim Pawlenty, and former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

The VP selection process attracts high prominence due to several key changes in US politics in recent decades. Firstly, the vice-presidency has become the single best transitional office to the presidency. Secondly, the VP office has gained more power and resourcing.  And thirdly, pressure has escalated on presidential candidates to select a running-mate that could effectively assume office upon the incumbent's unanticipated death or incapacity.


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