Former Massachusetts Governor and successful business man Mitt Romney bowed out of the race for President today, handing the nomination essentially to front-runner John McCain. Romney was a clear second in the Republican race with 11 states and 4 million voters giving him the nod. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee moves up from third to second rung in the home stretch of state primaries, including next weeks' Maryland, DC and Virginia votes.
Many, including myself, were surprised at the announcement from the conservative favorite who had pumped more than $40 million of his own money into his campaign over the past year. He said that he felt that McCain had pulled too far ahead in the delegate count, and he didn't want to stand in the way of a strong national campaign platform for the inevitable nominee. He went on to say that a prolonged primary race without a clear front-runner would only strengthen Clinton and Obama, potentially allowing more swing voters to go their way.
So, now, the question becomes did Romney back out of the race in hopes of rejoining the show as McCain's #2? Is Romney VP material? I don't think so.
It STRUCK me today after hearing the news in my car that Romney is at his best as the #1 - the go-to guy - the final decision-maker - the head honcho - the leader in charge - P.O.T.U.S. is his best and only option, in my opinion.
Don't get me wrong, if McCain asks and Romney accepts the VP role, it would be a strong combination and ticket. Romney's strengths are McCain's weaknesses. Mitt's experience as a successful Venture Capitalist, turn-around specialist, head of the Salt Lake City Olympics (post-scandal) and CEO experience would be hugely beneficial to a country in economic crisis, but...I still don't see it working out. McCain would not give Romney enough authority to do anything substantial, and Romney would not enjoy sitting around babysitting the Senate and doing McCain's grunt work.
I predict Romney will eventually lend his support to McCain for President, and it's much more likely that Huckabee would be the right choice for giving the VP nod. He brings the conservative base and bible belt with him, which are both areas that McCain will need some help. Huckabee seems to be a better moderator too, and I can see him serving effectively in the role of Vice President. Romney, on the other hand, will likely bide his time, as it is not likely that the Republicans will win this election anyway. Mitt will run for President again in four years. Sphere: Related Content