6 Competent Republican Women Who Would Make Great VP Candidates
11:45 am, July 3rd | by
Four years have passed since John McCain stunned the world with his VP pick, and while we’d like to see current GOP candidate Mitt Romney run alongside a woman this election season, we have some basic standards for the selection process. For starters, we’d prefer a lady who hasn’t had a reality show, because let’s be honest, there are enough of those on TV already. Star quality shouldn’t be a factor this time. And since we heard Senator Kelly Ayotte will be getting chummy with Romney over the holiday, we wondered what other women he should have on his short list. Here are a few competent conservative females who would do an excellent job as Romney’s veep.
The South Carolina governor has thicker skin than one would expect. In addition to shrugging off a
seriously creepy and immature pinata smashing stunt, she has also spoken out about the difference between the way male and female politicians are treated. “The thing that surprises me is how much people won’t let you forget what you look like,” the politician said during an April appearance at the American Enterprise Institute. “One of the stories that they talked about was yeah, we got all these jobs, and did you see the governor’s shoes? I was shocked by that.” She may not be eager to run just yet, but I think she's proven she can take the heat and do her job.
2.Kay Bailey Hutchison
The Texas Senator
has shown she can understand both arguments on abortion, and this could bring balance to Romney's militant pro-life stance.
Now that she is
retiring from the Senate, she could upgrade to VP. POLITICO once called her "one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the Senate," and we could really use that in the Vice President seat as well.
Collins and Snowe have been
described as "nearly the last survivors of a once common species of moderate Northeastern Republican," and that kind of bipartisanship is really lacking on both ends of the political spectrum at the moment. In 2009, she also voted in favor of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, and it's necessary to have a VP with our nation's kids' best interests in mind.
Women's health is important to her, and she learned the hard way that her politics don't always reflect this. Earlier this year, she
supported a measure that would have given both non-religious and religious employers the right not to provide workers birth control or other health insurance coverage required by the 2010 health-care law if these things did not align with their morals. She soon regretted her vote, as it 'let people down.' This is a woman who listens to her constituents.
The former Bush Administration employee has a lot of experience under her belt, so I'm hoping she
hears out her supporters and decides to run with Romney even though she prefers policy to elected office.