jueves, 26 de julio de 2012

¿Casting de VPs?



Alex Moe y Andrew Rafferty, de NBC News, nos traen detalles del enorme despliegue de representantes, la mayoría de ellos vicepresidenciables, que ha montado Boston para estos días en que Romney estará de gira por el extranjero.

Those are just a few of the headliners of Mitt Romney’s summer surrogate tour, a whirlwind blitz that begins Thursday and will feature the presumptive nominee’s most prominent supporters hitting swing states throughout the country while he is overseas.

(...) The surrogate surge begins on Thursday when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal head to Iowa.

(...) Also on Thursday and Friday, South Dakota Sen. John Thune will be in Virginia where he will bracket President Barack Obama’s visit to the Old Dominion state on Friday.

On Friday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani heads to Florida, a place where voters know him well.  During his 2008 presidential run, Giuliani spent the majority of his time and campaign resources in the Sunshine State.  He’ll even host a “Cafe Con Rudy” to reach out to Hispanic voters.

(...) On Saturday, former Minnesota governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will make an appearance in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It was in the Tar Heel State last month where he gave a rousing and well received speech at the state's Republican convention.  While North Carolina has seen limited attention from Republicans in recent weeks, it will likely be a hotbed for activity next month as Republicans prepare to distract from the Democratic National Convention being held in Charlotte at the beginning of September.

And while Pawlenty is in the East, one of the party’s most popular young conservatives will be representing the Republican ticket in the West.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will spend Saturday in Las Vegas, NV, the city where he spent a majority of his youth. There he will hold a rally in the elementary school he attended as a child, marking his first solo public appearance on Romney’s behalf.

(...) Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus will be traveling on a bus through Wisconsin this Sunday.  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin may also join.
Not to be forgotten is the man who many consider the frontrunner in the VP search -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. He has spent most of his weekends away from Washington helping Romney in some capacity in his home state.  Last Friday he attended a Romney fundraiser in Lima, Ohio, and the weekend before that, he both bracketed  President Obama’s campaign stop in Cincinnati, OH and helped to open a Romney Victory office the southwest part of the Buckeye State.

On Monday he’ll take his act on the road to campaign in Pennsylvania.  It will mark the second time Portman will hit the Keystone State in hopes of turning the traditionally blue state to red.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has not campaigned for the GOP nominee for months, will also hit the trail in the coming days.  She will travel to Michigan on Romney’s behalf.

Two potential VP contenders -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte -- are notably not on this weekend’s surrogate blitz. However, both Christie and Ayotte have campaigned for Romney in recent weeks.