For weeks, the media has speculated
that Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a top pick for Mitt Romney’s field of VP choices. Also in the list are former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
But no one really votes for the running mate, at least according to the popular New Jersey governor. Once again, Christie confirmed to a group of reporters that he is not the vice presidential candidate, but even if he was, no one would vote for the former Massachusetts Governor because of him.
“I’m not the candidate. Governor Romney has said the most important quality is that the vice president be ready to be president on day one,” stated Christie, reports PolitickerNJ.com
. “In the end nobody votes for vice president. No matter who Governor Romney picks they’re not voting for him.”
Christie joked, though, that no one will vote for President Barack Obama because of their support for Vice President Joe Biden. He explained that voters aren’t questioning their vote for the president and then saying they will vote for him because of Biden.
“It’s the summer; it’s a slow news time. This is what occupies people’s attention,” said the New Jersey leader. “He or she will have one debate and that’s all you’ll hear about the (vice presidential contender). Joe Biden didn’t play a significant role four years ago, and I don’t think he’ll play any role now.”
Although Christie and others may be top choices, campaigns have been known to leak incorrect information. Karl Rove, a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, purposely gave a staffer, who was known to give information to reporters, the wrong information as to who Bush’s running mate would be.
The Romney campaign has noted that it hasn’t finalized its VP nominee decision yet. It was reported that he would announce his running mate on the campaign’s mobile application called “Mitt’s VP.” It is expected Romney will confirm his final choice days leading up the Republican National Convention