Who will Mitt Romney Choose as his Running Mate?
There has been a great deal of speculation throughout the summer in regard to who presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate in the November election. Some of the names being mentioned include:
Condoleezza Rice – Former United States Secretary of State
Dr. Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Dr. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor), the first woman ever to hold this senior administration position. Dr. Rice will be serving as a Keynote Speaker at the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference in January 2013. For more information on Condoleezza Rice and her speaking engagement at the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference in January, click here.
Marco Rubio – United States Senator for Florida
Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He currently serves on the Commerce, Science and Transportation, Foreign Relations, Intelligence and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees.
Chris Christie – Current Governor of New Jersey
Before being elected as Governor of New Jersey in 2009, Chris Christie served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 2002 through 2008. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Christie was a partner in a law firm and was a Freeholder in Morris County, New Jersey.
Tim Pawlenty – Former Governor of Minnesota
After practicing law in the private sector for many years, Tim Pawlenty started his career in public office, serving as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for 10 years. Pawlenty served as House Majority Leader for four years in the Minnesota House before being elected Governor of Minnesota. Pawlenty served two terms as governor, from 2003 through 2011, before announcing his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election. Soon after, he withdrew from the presidential race and endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate.
Kelly Ayotte – United States Senator for New Hampshire
Kelly Ayotte served as the first female Attorney General for the state of New Hampshire before being elected to the United States Senate in 2010. She currently serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce and Small Business Committees and is the Ranking Member on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.
Paul Ryan – U. S. Representative for Wisconsin
Paul Ryan represents the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin and is currently serving his seventh term as a Member of Congress. Ryan is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ryan is perhaps best known for his financial rescue plan, “The Path to Prosperity.”
Rob Portman – United States Senator for Ohio
Senator Rob Portman served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. Portman also served in George W. Bush’s Cabinet as United States Trade Representative. Following this post, he was appointed to another Cabinet post— Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Who do you think should be the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in the 2012 election?