Snyder as VP? Expert Calls it 'Far-Fetched'

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Governor Rick Snyder deflected the buzz again Friday that he could be on Mitt Romney's short list for running mates.

He says he's focused on his job in Michigan.

"That's what almost anybody who's speculated about says," noted Bill Ballenger, a Michigan politics expert and editor of "Inside Michigan Politics."

He says, like the governor, he's not buying the buzz.

All this frenzy was sparked by a Florida columnist who noted on Thursday that Michigan's delegation to the Republican National Convention in August is staying in a hotel that's second-nearest to the convention hall (after Massachusetts, Romney's home state).

"That is a stretch of the first water," Ballenger said. "I don't think I've ever heard speculation stretched quite that far before."

Still, Ballenger has considered both the pros and cons of Snyder as VP, and says it would be a poor choice for Romney.

For one, he says, the governor's reputation as "One Tough Nerd" wouldn't bolster the personality of Romney's campaign.

"Do you want a nerd as your vice presidential running mate when you yourself -- Mitt Romney has been criticized for not being dynamic or charismatic enough as a speaker?" Ballenger questioned.

And he noted voters could be turned off by the pairing of two multi millionaire businessmen.

But Ballenger did point out Snyder could help Romney carry Michigan, a key swing state in the November election, pointing out the governor's job record is solid.

"You wouldn't be being considered unless you're thought to be doing a pretty good job, and maybe this is a sign, again, that Michigan is turning around," Ballenger said.

The Michigan Republican Party told News 10 on Friday they're excited about the buzz surrounding Snyder, noting it's given them a chance to highlight his successes in his first term, most notably presiding over a drop in the unemployment rate to 8.5 percent.

The Michigan Democratic Party, meanwhile, called this a sign of the "political silly season," and said Snyder would hurt Romney's chances in the state because of his cuts to public education, higher taxes for seniors and the controversial emergency manager law. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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