Reining in Veep Speculators

My Bloomberg View column this week examines Romney’s possible vice-presidential picks. The state of debate:

The speculators place high value on excitement. They’re talking up potential vice-presidential candidates who would represent a demographic first, or an ideological statement, or play to a state or region. My guess is that Romney is looking at this in a completely different way.

If I’m right, Romney will be looking for three qualities that don’t generate buzz. He’ll want someone he considers able to step into the role of president if needed; someone loyal; and someone with whom he feels personally comfortable. Romney’s main political consideration will be whether the running mate reinforces the message that he is a dependable, competent, reassuring candidate who will oversee an administration with those same features.

Find out which candidates might fit that bill here.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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