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Posted: 10/31/2006 9:53:53 AM EST
That’s the ticket? Speculation swirls over Mitt-Jeb pairing in 2008
By Kimberly Atkins
Boston Herald Reporter
Monday, October 30, 2006

Gov. Mitt Romney is tapping the seasoned political team of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leading to speculation that the Mormon from Massachusetts may be courting the Bible Belt blueblood for a possible Romney-Bush ’08 ticket.
Earlier this month, Jeb Bush’s former chief of staff and top political adviser, Sally Bradshaw, jumped to Romney’s Commonwealth political action committee.
Soon after, Romney flew to the key electoral Sunshine State to join Bush for campaign events and fund-raisers - and, sources said, to gauge Bush’s interest in being a running mate.
“There has been substantive talk between the two of them” about the possibility of the president’s younger brother running for vice president if Romney wins the nomination, one GOP source with knowledge of the Oct. 19 meeting told the Herald. “Everyone in Florida is expecting an endorsement by Gov. Bush (of) Romney.”
Days after the meeting, Bush’s chief finance director - Ann Woods Herberger, whose association with the Bush family dates back to George H.W. Bush’s presidential first campaign - also joined Romney’s political action committee.
The moves have set political circles abuzz with rumors of a Mitt-Jeb ticket.
Strategists said Jeb Bush, who has ruled out running for president or Senate himself, would bring name recognition and fund-raising power to Romney’s ticket.
“It’s also a way for Jeb Bush to run on the national ticket without having to run for the ticket,” since vice presidential candidates are chosen, not elected, said political analyst David Mark, a former political reporter who covered Gov. Jeb Bush.
“For religious conservatives who have concerns about Romney’s (Mormon) faith, it’s the best of both worlds,” Mark said. “He’s a strong executive who’s also conservative.”
Many Republican candidates are loathe to associate themselves with the president this political season, but Jeb Bush attracts little if any of the Iraq War-fueled anti-Bush sentiment generated by his brother.
New Hampshire-based GOP consultant David Carney said Bush would bring “an extremely well-respected record of accomplishment.”
“He’s an articulate, focused guy,” Carney said. “He has a great resume and has been very successful (with) things like education reform, health care and a whole bunch of areas that are not typically strong points for Republicans.”
Carney, an adviser to several presidential campaigns including that of George H.W. Bush, said he has never heard of a candidate courting potential running mates this early in the campaign season. But, he said, if Romney has his eye on Bush, he’s probably not alone.
“I think (Jeb Bush) would be a serious contender (for president) if his last name was anything other than Bush,” Carney said, adding that voters have “Bush fatigue” after electing Jeb Bush’s father and brother. But because of his popularity, “I’m sure he’d be considered (as a running mate) no matter who the nominee is.”



news.bostonherald.com/politics/view.bg?articleid=164837
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 9:56:10 AM EST



Mitt Romney?

Link Posted: 10/31/2006 9:57:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By bullyforyou:


Mitt Romney?



Jeb Bush?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 9:58:32 AM EST
As a Floridian let me say emphatically, Hell No!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 9:59:02 AM EST
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:00:22 AM EST
No more family members

We need some fresh blood
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:00:32 AM EST
I've had enough of the Bush family and won't vote for Jeb, period. Now in 20 years if one of the Bush twins is running I might reconsider voting for a Bush family member.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:00:56 AM EST
If they do that is will ensure a easy win for Hillery, Maybe that's what they want to do?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:01:32 AM EST
God forbid!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:01:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By Grivo_Mak:
As a Floridian let me say emphatically, Hell No!


+1
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:02:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mobilechomp:
No more family members

We need some fresh blood


+ 1

It's damn near having a dictatorship.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:02:58 AM EST
Jeb is staying away from it, wisely. The country will start blowing its foot off next week and work its way up to its knee in 08. I guess the more likely ticket will be McCain/Romney vs. ..... ? There are so many worthless 'Rats with ambition and money, as many married/were born into it or made a pile of loot selling dumb-down shares in vapor cable/telco services or dot.coms before the bubble burst.

We will have a terrible time for the next 6 years. Our position in the world will begin to falter and, when the 'Rats start chowing down on the cheese in the White House, they will start phase 3 of the gutting of our intel and military capabilities. Obviously, we don't need them, as the UN will be completely capable of protecting us...

F
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:03:32 AM EST
Well, at least there's ONE Republican on that ticket *cough* JEB *cough*
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:04:16 AM EST
As another Floridian let me say that Jeb has been one of the best governors in our history and led this state out of the economic slump after 9/11 faster than any other state. And that's saying something for a state depending upon tourism.

Having said that, he won't run. He's stated this many times. He could have easily won for the Senate, but would not run. He has said that he is sick of politics AND, more importantly, his family is in bad shape and he needs to help them and be a husband and father before he thinks about going back into public life. He stated this about two months ago. He's a man of his word, believe it or not, and isn't really cut out for politics. He has a tendency to be blunt when he's angry and that wouldn't play well in DC.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:10:23 AM EST
God I hope not...
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:15:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 10:16:09 AM EST by Red_Label]

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:15:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 10:18:00 AM EST by DzlBenz]
This is only slightly better than the prospect of Rumsfeld, as was forwarded here yesterday by a DU baiter.

ETA: Speak of the devil. It's back on Page One.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:22:33 AM EST
damn... i would prolly vote for 'em.... b ut shit, I'm about done with the Bush family in office.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 10:36:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 10:37:35 AM EST by AcidGambit]
Jeb has flat out stated he will not run... period.

I like Jeb, sorry to see him go... But, I think anyone running who has the last name "Bush" would be going a disservice to the GOP.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:07:29 AM EST
I won't be voting for another Bush, ever. If the family is interested in installing themselves as permanent rulers, let them organize a coup. They have had their time to lead. Enough Clintons, Kennedy's, Lipinski's, Madigan's, Bush's, Daley's, Jackson's, etc.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:09:13 AM EST
JEB Bush would make an excellent president, but I would never vote for Romney in the primary. He's a big RINO who supports gun control.
Rather have a JEB Bush/Condi Rice ticket.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:34:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
JEB Bush would make an excellent president, but I would never vote for Romney in the primary. He's a big RINO who supports gun control.
Rather have a JEB Bush/Condi Rice ticket.


I agree with this completely. For all of those that say they don't want another Bush in office - notice what the Florida people are saying about Jeb. We can assure you that he is completely different from his brother. I would vote for him in a heartbeat as he has single handedly done more for gun owners in this state than any of you can imagine.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:35:57 PM EST
At least Jeb is 2nd amendment friendly...Castle doctorine springs to mind...And you know the Brady bunch hates florida because of that
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:51:21 PM EST
I'm Mormon, and I don't think I'd even vote for Mitt Romney.

Mormons are generally very politically and socially conservative.

Romney is generally a liberal.

No thanks.

Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:57:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I kind of agree with both of you.
Not that I wouldnt vote for Romney because he's a Mormon, but he is unelectable because he is a Mormon if that makes sense.
I wouldnt vote for him because he's too socialist IMHO.
The Mormon thing will alienate the born again christians and he'd never get the RNC's nomination.
Nothing wrong with being a Mormon just to hard to sell to the voters.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:58:33 PM EST
Mitt and Jeb, what a name combo!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:02:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I grew up in a Mormon church, currently I don't subscribe to any real belief system. I said Mormon because it is something that gets the average voters attention, not in a good way.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:09:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 1:09:57 PM EST by Primos]

Originally Posted By Mattl:

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I grew up in a Mormon church, currently I don't subscribe to any real belief system. I said Mormon because it is something that gets the average voters attention, not in a good way.



I guess that means that neither of them are voting Mormon?


<----Mormon in Utah

Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:15:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By Primos:

Originally Posted By Mattl:

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I grew up in a Mormon church, currently I don't subscribe to any real belief system. I said Mormon because it is something that gets the average voters attention, not in a good way.



I guess that means that neither of them are voting Mormon?


<----Mormon in Utah



Not trying to offend you but most Mormons I know with some awareness don't like Romney, that aside he may as well tell the public he practices voodoo it would likely poll better.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:21:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Not trying to offend you but most Mormons I know with some awareness don't like Romney, that aside he may as well tell the public he practices voodoo it would likely poll better.


oooo voodoo president... thatd i can get behind... no one would dare fuck with us with a voodoo president.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:21:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:

Originally Posted By Primos:

Originally Posted By Mattl:

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I grew up in a Mormon church, currently I don't subscribe to any real belief system. I said Mormon because it is something that gets the average voters attention, not in a good way.



I guess that means that neither of them are voting Mormon?


<----Mormon in Utah



Not trying to offend you but most Mormons I know with some awareness don't like Romney, that aside he may as well tell the public he practices voodoo it would likely poll better.


The few Mormons I know are not fans of Romneys, just like me, as a Catholic I despise JFK and Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry.
All terrible examples of Catholics and none would get my vote.
Not because of religion but because they are or were all lowlife scum.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:25:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mattl:

Originally Posted By Red_Label:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Another Bush NO! To much of a bad taste left from daddy and brother.

Mitt Romney NO! Masshole, anti-gun, mormon, socialist leanings, and the list goes on.


Evidently, someone's religion is a somehow a good reason to with-hold one's vote from them, so please, in fair exchange... tell me what yours is so I can be sure not to vote for any candidate with similar beliefs.



I grew up in a Mormon church, currently I don't subscribe to any real belief system. I said Mormon because it is something that gets the average voters attention, not in a good way.


Roger... no problem then. I don't know much about Romney I must admit. But it bugs the crap out of me that the evangelicals won't vote for someone just because of his religion. They'd be that way even if he were the 2nd Ronald Reagan. And that's sad. Whereas in my case, I don't even ASK OR CARE what the guy's religion is. It's what kind of guy he is and what kind of leader he'd make that counts with me. A candidate's religion is not an issue for me, it's where he stands on the issues...
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:28:45 PM EST
I wouldn’t say that Romney is anti-gun. He is worse; ambivalent comes to mind. He would sell out gun owners if it was politically expedient for him. With the governors race going in MA, I haven’t heard much about him other than what the Dev(i)al has been saying about his administration while trying to pin it on Healy.

I wouldn't vote for him, nor Mcain.
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