Will it be the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney or the current Governor of Texas, Rick Perry that becomes the Republican Presidential candidate for the 2012 Election? Dig a little deeper and one can see that a shared ticket could be just what is needed to get the Republicans into the White House. Being somewhat controversial and acerbic, Michele Bachman does not seem to be a good fit as a Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate, nor does Newt Gingrich, who seems a little out of place. If we look at strengths, the team of Mitt Romney & Rick Perry would create a powerbase that could realistically win the White House in 2012.
A Little Gamesmanship
The August 11 Republican Presidential debate in Iowa was full of excitement, and had a bit of energy to it. While Mr. Romney was there, Mr. Perry was not. It was a solid showing by Mr. Romney and the rest of the attendees. This was a bit of a strategic play by Mr. Perry. He wants to play his game on his terms. And why not? Texas has done quite well regarding population growth and job creation since he assumed the governorship in December of 2000. Regarding the current national political landscape, the Republicans did very well securing a total of 240 seats in the House after November elections, but they also made some big gains in the area of governorships.
Republicans 29 – Democrats 20 – Independents 1
Currently, the Democrats control the governorships of only 20 states. However, one key fact must be considered, the Democrats control the entire Pacific coast (California, Oregon, and Washington). On the other side of the coin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have all come under recent Republican control, which now totals 29 governorships. As a result, the East Coast and Midwest could be won by a ticket that included someone like Mr. Romney, being former Governor of an eastern state. Rick Scott is now the Governor of Florida, and Mr. Perry is presently the Governor of Texas. As a result, the Republicans are in an excellent position to win the South from Florida to California. Regarding the campaign push, expect people like Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey to play a key role for the Republicans, not only in the Northeast, but on a national level as well.
The Battle out West
The true bastion for Democrats is the West. Bottom line, this will be a battleground the Republicans will most likely lose, but they must make-up lost ground if they want their candidate to win the Presidential Election. Population growth over the last decade means more votes and more problems for Republicans to overcome. As a result, a great deal of money and stumping will be needed by the Republicans leading up to November 6, 2012.
Mitt or Rick for President? What matters most for Republicans is not who is first on the ticket, but that both of their respected names be included on the same ticket for 2012. If Mr. Romney can sew-up the Northeast & Midwest North and Mr. Perry can do the same for the Southeast & South Midwest, then the Republicans have a good shot at the White House. The Republicans can lose the battle (West Coast) and still win the war (White House). Now all they need is for Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry to share the same vision. However, this will be easier said than done.