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The Great American Veepstakes
  • May 09, 2012 : 13:05
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Mike Huckabee

Age: 56

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas

Education: Ouachita Baptist University (B.A.)

Experience: Lieutenant governor of Arkansas, governor of Arkansas.

Religion: Southern Baptist

Upside: Huckabee is a jack-of-all-trades: governor, author, ordained minister, musician and talking head. He’s had a pulpit to preach from for a long time and he’s made fairly good use of it. His strongest suit as far as securing the nomination goes is immigration, where his moderate and at times inspiring views stand in stark contrast to the “crocodile moat” proposed by some members of his party. The rest of his views tend to line up with the Republican stereotype, and he has managed to avoid all the ugly mudslinging by staying just on the fringes of the national limelight.

Downside: The 1,033 pardons he handed out as governor double the number handed out by his three predecessors combined, so some grumbling about him being soft on crime should be expected. His views on energy dependence and the environment tend to conflict: in 2008 he promised that by the end of his fictional second term the U.S. would be self-reliant, but he also wanted to “leave the earth better than we found it” and he’d be hard-pressed to do both. That could cost him in the agriculturally minded Midwest, where Romney needs all the help he can get. Huckabee’s also a home-grown hero; his views on foreign policy are nearly nonexistent.


Mitch Daniels

Age: 63

Birthplace: Monongahela, Pennsylvania

Education: Princeton University (B.A.), Georgetown University (J.D.)

Experience: Director of the Office of Management and Budget, governor of Indiana.

Religion: Presbyterian

Upside: Daniels brings with him the electoral votes of Indiana, another swing state high on the list Republicans need to capture if they want to take back the White House. His Midwestern roots will help Romney in a place he fared poorly in the primaries, and Daniels’ pragmatic views and moderate temperament could rally the middle ground votes the party desperately needs.

Downside: The water surrounding Daniels is always still; as a speaker he lacks enthusiasm, and while he won’t rock any boats within the party, he also won’t rally the base or shake any foundations outside of it. His rebuttal to the State of the Union was more than moderate, and many Republicans feel he drifts too far over the center line for them to bestow the type of power the Vice President would have within the party. Opponents will be quick to point out his gross underestimation ($50-60B) for the cost of the Iraq war, which totaled somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.9 trillion when all was said and done. 


Eric Cantor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Education: George Washington University (B.A.), M.Sc from Columbia University, William & Mary Law School (J.D.)

Experience: U.S. representative for Virginia’s 7th District, House chief deputy whip, House minority whip, House majority leader.

Religion: Judaism

Upside: Not that it matters in a country founded on the First Amendment, but Cantor’s religion brings with it a substantial “in” with a key demographic. He’s a darling of the party, was voted unanimously to the position of House majority leader in 2011 and is quickly becoming the voice on the hill for the GOP. His tenure in the House has seen him chair a handful of committees relating to both finance and foreign policy, so his credentials are strong, and his ties to the Tea Party movement could bring that fringe into the fold.

Downside: Within the party, Cantor has very little downside, aside from the fact that he would have to give up his position in the House. But he’s so stereotypically Republican that his appeal for undecided voters might be limited. He’s a bit of a bureaucrat and, like Ryan, perhaps too robotic to wrangle substantial appeal on the national campaign circuit. Party powers might be averse to having their golden boy flayed too early in his rising career. 

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