The Pros And Cons Of Rob Portman As Romney's VP

From CNN:

Ohio roots are a major Portman asset, and there are other plusses:

• A packed, impressive resume. an aide in the George H.W. Bush White House, service in the House of Representatives, U.S. trade representative and budget director in the George W. Bush administration and now the Senate.

• Foreign policy and national security experience.

• A reputation as a pragmatic conservative and respect from his Democratic colleagues.

• A statewide win in a major battleground state.

Some potential Portman downsides?

• Bush baggage -- President Bush left office unpopular among independents, and Democrats blame Bush policies for the depth of the recession.

• The flipside of an impressive Washington resume dating back some 20 years is this unflattering label: Washington insider.

• The bland rap.

• Polling data showing that despite his big 2010 Senate win, many Ohioans know little about their junior senator.

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published this page in In The News 2012-08-09 23:30:00 -0400
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