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Is Mitt Romney's VP pick announcement imminent?

Is Mitt Romney's VP pick announcement imminent?

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SALT LAKE CITY — During the summer months leading up to the respective party conventions, the campaigns generally take on a lesser role before ramping up efforts leading up to the convention and continuing through Election Day. Often the presumptive party's nominee will announce their vice presidential pick days before the convention to increase attention.

However, sources close to the Mitt Romney campaign have said a vice presidential candidate would be announced soon, possibly even this week. The New York Times reported that "Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week." But top aide Eric Fehrnstrom said Monday Romney has not made a decision.

On Tuesday, the Romney campaign named two aides, Kevin Sheridan, a former spokesman for the Republican Party, and Randy Bumps, a former political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to help the vice presidential pick. The decision to name two vice presidential aides this week lends to Romney's "imminent" announcement of his vice presidential pick.

However, many see an early announcement by the Romney campaign as a way to steal the attention back from President Barack Obama's recent efforts to go after Romney's involvement with Bain Capital during the 2002 Olympics and his call to release tax returns.


Since declaring his candidacy for president last summer, Romney has attempted to make his campaign solely about the "failures" of President Obama. And until last week, Romney's strategy was presumed to be a viable threat. But the spotlight has been shifted to Romney to answer questions about his involvement with Bain and to release his tax returns.

Romney has called on the President Obama to apologize for the "lies" said about his involvement with Bain during the Olympics and has further contended he will not release more tax returns. But despite Romney's best efforts, Bain Capital and his tax returns remain an issue.

A vice presidential announcement would certainly take the attention away from President Obama, but is it best for the Romney campaign in the long run? Many experts contend an early announcement would offer little to the campaign.

Romney is expected to travel overseas to be at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and has plans to visit with officials in Israel. Any pomp and circumstance gained from an early announcement will likely be lost when he returns, leading up to the Republican convention in August.

Additionally, the attacks about Bain and Romney's tax returns will remain an issue until laid to rest. The Romney campaign cannot likely afford a resurgence of attacks on the same issue leading up to the convention.

Related political news:

  • Ad: Does Romney pay taxes? President Barack Obama released a new ad, "Makes You Wonder," where it asks if Romney even paid taxes prior to 2010. The ad is a series of attacks by the Obama campaign to get Romney to be an "open book" as a presidential candidate.

  1. Romney's retroactive retirement. Mitt Romney said he was no longer making decisions at Bain when he took over at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Using what was called a "retroactive retirement." Comedian Stephen Colbert said Romney can retroactively retire from the presidential race if President Obama wins reelection.

  1. President Obama caught on the kiss cam. President Obama took some time off to watch some USA men's and women's basketball in Washington D.C. While watching one of the games, the President and First Lady were shown on the kiss cam. When first shown, President Obama just put his arm around Michelle Obama, which prompted some boos from the crowd. When the kiss cam focused on the couple at a later time, President Obama got a do-over and gave Mrs. Obama a kiss, prompting cheers from the crowd.

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