Update II: Portman has been the popular guess for Mitt Romney's running mate lately (even Jon Hunstman's daughter thinks it will be Rob), but that doesn't mean anyone except political insiders has an opinion of him. In a recent poll, only 8% of respondents said Portman would make a good running mate. (That was the lowest tally of the seven options, which included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan.)
79%, meanwhile, had no opinion of Portman. 9% had a bad opinion of him. 100% think he should do more chicken imitations. — Grzegorek
Update: Despite Rob Portman's continued denials of any interested in the VP job, everyone sure seems to think he's got as good a shot as any at being tabbed for the secondary spot on on Mitt's ticket.
Former Clinton-Gore chief strategist Paul Begala writes in The Daily Beast that Portman will be the pick because Romney "needs an anti-Palin: someone who will not overshadow him, someone who will not blow up in his face, and someone who will fit Romney’s play-it-safe, buttoned-up image.”
Also, it helps to have a guy who does a dynamite chicken impression. — Grzegorek
Well no not even thinking about it focused on today if you're pressing me well perhaps if talking hypothetical wait no not all well alright a little just a bit fine since you asked so nicely okay yes.
That's about six months of Vice Presidential prospect song and dance collapsed into a single sentence. This is familiar to every cycle: certain names get floated out as a possible ticket partner for a White House hopeful, the media pokes a microphones at the possible parties, and everyone just denies. Then they deny some more until one lucky name finally gets pulled from a hat. It's kind of funny how no one ever comes right out saying, “Yes, actually I would love to be considered for the job.” Why is that?
Anyway, political observers point out probable GOP candidate Mitt Romney might be looking to bolster his ticket with a Buckeye considering how important Ohio will be to the general election. Senator Rob Portman has been kicked around as a possibility, but he's not interested, according to a recent interview with the Morning Journal.
“I’m really not interested, I know that sounds strange,” Portman told the paper, adding that he'd rather help the party from his current perch in the chamber.