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Political Insiders Poll

Who would be the strongest choice for the Republican vice presidential nomination?

Democrats (107 Votes)

Sen. Marco Rubio: 65%
Other: 20%
Herman Cain: 10%
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: 3%
Rep. Paul Ryan: 3%


(Other vote recipients: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 4; Sen. Rob Portman, 4; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 2; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, 2; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 2; Rudy Giuliani, 1; Mike Huckabee, 1; Jon Huntsman, 1; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 1.)

Sen. Marco Rubio

“Rubio first, second, and third.”


“Not even close call as he solidifies Florida, builds support with the Hispanic community, and creates a future credible presidential candidate.”

“Gives them Florida in all likelihood, plus an opening with Hispanics, which they don’t deserve.”

“Rubio is not up in 2012, so you don’t even put a Senate seat at risk.”

“Rubio … can probably get away with stronger anti-immigrant rhetoric than the actual nominee.”


“Rubio offers only advantages, with no corresponding disadvantages.”

Herman Cain

“Though he’s not yet been vetted, Cain lends substantial private-sector credibility, a commonsense voice, and depth of character to the nominee.”

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“A successful, conservative man who lived the American Dream. Boot straps sell in America.”


“Regardless of the nominee, assuming that [Gov. Chris] Christie still enjoys darling status in the New York media, he’ll give a big boost to the GOP in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Joe Biden’s state of Delaware. That’s not a bad start.”

“Sen. Rob Portman. If he delivers Ohio, the election is over. Plus, he knows how the federal government works.”

“Gov. Mitch Daniels. The Republicans need a little common sense, and Daniels supplies that.”

“Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is a Southern Republican governor in a swing state, a social conservative with an inclusive campaign style, grew up in and runs well in the suburbs, and is Catholic.”

“Gov. Rick Perry. He’ll bring Romney some tea party folks. They’ll forgive his responsible position on immigration.”


Who would be the strongest choice for the Republican vice presidential nomination?

Republicans (104 Votes)

Sen. Marco: 60%
Other: 25%
Rep. Paul Ryan: 9%
Herman Cain: 5%
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: 2%

(Other vote recipients: Sen. Rob Portman, 7; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, 4; Jeb Bush, 2; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 2; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, 2; Haley Barbour, 1; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 1; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1; Rudy Giuliani, 1; Tim Pawlenty, 1; “depends on the nominee,” 4.)

Sen. Marco Rubio

“The Michael Jordan of Republican politics.”

“Embodies the youthful conservative credentials of a Ryan or Cantor with the added Hispanic appeal dimension.”

“Obama’s weakness in the Latino community presents Republicans with an opportunity to open the door to the tent.”

“Good for the Hispanic vote, and he would help a reasonable moderate shore up the radical social Right, of which he is a member but doesn’t show it.”

“If we don’t find our inner Latino, we are screwed as a party.”

“It’s a no-brainer. He may want to wait, but the party can’t wait for him.”

Rep. Paul Ryan

“Proven vote-getter. Intellectual powerhouse with the credibility on the Hill to help a Republican administration pass its agenda. Catholic, telegenic, swing state, great family, solid character. The whole package.”

Herman Cain

“Outsider, successful businessman, credible American patriot, a real person, and, yes, black. What a vote-getting package. And good for our party.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

“Seven swing states have Jewish populations that Cantor could put in play. Not to mention the national fundraising base.”


“Gov. Rob Portman. The calculus is very simple. No Republican has ever been elected president without carrying the state of Ohio.”

“Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is only allowed to run for one term, which expires in 2013. He has balanced two budgets without tax increases, created jobs, and is a great communicator. He comes from an important swing state, where his current job approval is in the high 60s.”

“Gov. Susana Martinez. Rubio without the baggage.”

This article appears in the October 15, 2011 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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