Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, has said that Republican turmoil might lead to a brokered convention in which Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, would emerge as a “possible alternative” party nominee.
(...) "We'll know more in the next few weeks,” said Mr Cardenas. “The pressure’s already been on Mitt Romney to close the sale... and he hasn’t.” A split verdict on “Super Tuesday” on March 6th, when 10 states vote, could lead to a surprise at the Republican convention in Tampa in August, he suggested.
(...) “March 6th is really the telling date as to whether we have a chance of a brokered convention or not,” said Mr Cardenas. “If Mitt wins Arizona and Michigan at the end of February and runs with the vast majority of delegates on March 6th, I still think he could end it early.
“If there's a mixed bag, if he loses Michigan or Arizona and he wins one or two [on March 6th] and the other states are spread around you might just as well get into a convention where nobody has a majority of delegates.
“And then you might see the possibility of two of the four candidates making a deal, a ticket, things of that nature. It starts getting exciting.” If no deal could be struck then a dark horse could step in on a second ballot, when delegates pledged to candidates would be free to vote as they wished.
“That’s when you start thinking of a Jeb Bush or someone like that could maybe come in as a possible alternative,” said Mr Cardenas, who also hails from Florida.
(...) Mr Cardenas said that there were other names that might also be in the frame if no one could amass the 1,144 delegates needed. “Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, there’s a slew of potential candidates. Mike Huckabee. There are five or six candidates that will always be in the conversation if that [a brokered convention] were the case.”
Any possible dark horse would, he said, remain silent until the summer. “There’s no one of reputation that would even want to talk about an issue like that at this time.
“A. They consider it destructive, they think the process should be given every chance to work itself out, that’s the honourable thing to do. People would only start jockeying around that come June if this is unsettled.”
sábado, 11 de febrero de 2012
¿Hacia una convención abierta? (VI)
Al Cardenas, presidente de la American Conservative Union, y aliado de Romney (fue responsable de su campaña en Florida en 2008), no descartó ayer una convención abierta cuando le preguntaron en la CPAC: