One thing is for sure, it is going to take a balanced ticket to defeat President Obama. Whoever wins the GOP presidential nomination, better vet their VP choice extremely carefully because if they don’t Team Obama will. Being sloppy could cost the Republicans the White House in 2012. Politico’s Maggie Haberman reveals the names of potential GOP VP contenders that are most frequently being talked about:
They range from the geographically and demographically ideal (Rubio, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez) to establishment and intelligentsia heartthrobs (Christie, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, South Dakota Sen. John Thune). Some are swing-state ticket-balancers while others bring different assets to the table â such as charisma, policy heft or regional appeal.
Also among the frequently mentioned: McDonnell, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Despite the throng of potential running mates, a consensus is emerging in Republican circles that the contest for the vice presidential nomination essentially boils down toÂ Rubio and the rest.