Sanford Questions GOP's 'White-Bread Sandwich' Routine

With Rubio making headlines in S.C., former governor raises subject of diversity on the ticket.

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford appears anxious for something different on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.

Speculation is growing about the names on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman in make-or-break Ohio.

Asked about Portman on Fox News on Monday morning, Sanford had a frank analysis.

"The question is: Do you have another white-bread sandwich and, you know, is it just going to be boring to voters out there? I think that that's the question with Portman," Sanford said.

GOP12.com at The Hill has the video.

The comment comes two days after . The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has been lauded as a possible vice-presidential selection who could sway Latino voters in the general election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham in Columbia, touting the young man's appeal to a diverse voting block, much like U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, an African-American Republican representing South Carolina's 1st District. 

"Marco, you and Tim have a real challenge: selling who we are to a broader audience," Graham said. "On behalf of eveyone here, I can't thank you enough for taking on this challenge."

reg May 22, 2012 at 02:22 AM
In my opinion, it's the somewhat traditional use of demographic factors and even geographic factors that can completely stifle a campaign, as if the presidential candidate made that selection only to appeal to (or appease) particular voters. That rarely, rarely works. In fact, it seems to cement any public opinion that the candidate isn't faring well in the campaign.
Billy Buntswitch May 22, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Rubio is a good pick. Anyone that can win a swing state is a good pick. It may be that state that is the difference. Anybody in a medium to large electoral votes state is a good pick. The VP doesn't bring much to the ticket, in the end they vote for the President, but the VP usually carries his/her own state. Pick someone with some electoral votes to offer.
JoSCh May 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This cynical outlook, while absolutely true, makes me angry. BOOO! BOOO!! To be clear, I'm not booing you, I'm booing the system. Implement a popular vote NOW!
Rusty Inman May 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Billy's comment references the issues raised by posts prior to his---with the notable exception of Rex's, uh, impressive contribution. To a great degree, his line of reasoning as to the choosing of a vice-presidential candidate has, with a variant or so, been a major determinant per the choices made in my lifetime; i.e., the vice-presidential candidate needs to be someone who can bring some electoral votes to the table. Indeed, South Carolina's Jimmy Byrnes was denied a place on FDR's last ticket because northern Democrats convinced the ailing president that a southerner would not bring electoral votes that he wasn't already assured of but would cost him electoral votes in the north of which he might have been assured. While this perspective is understandable, it should be at least equally important that a vice-presidential candidate be someone who could inspire the confidence of the citizenry---and governments around the world---should he/she be elevated to the presidency due to the inability of the president to fulfill his/her term. This side of the issue attained critical status in 2008, when John McCain chose Ms. Palin as his running mate. Though Ms. Palin's devout following vehemently disagrees with them, Mr. McCain's own campaign staff winced with anxiety at the thought of her ascending to the presidency. So did millions of Americans. All of that to say that it might be important for a v.p. candidate to be wince-proof.
Sally Mims July 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Please pick the person that can really help you. We have to win this election.


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