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					A2 Politics & The Nation                                               EZ    SU                               KLMNO                                                                                                     SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012



Talk shows                                                                                                        The opacity of vice presidential hopes
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows:                                         Mitt Romney’s                                                                                            weaknesses. But what goes on
                 FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG)                                                                 search for a vice                                                                                        behind the scenes between the
9 a.m.           Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and T. Boone Pickens, chief                               presidential                                                                                             presumptive nominee and the
                 executive of BP Capital.                                                               nominee went                                                                                             contenders is usually far more
                                                                                                        public last week                                                                                         important. Personal comfort is
                 STATE OF THE UNION (CNN)                                                               with presumed                                                                                            essential, given the role of
                                                                                       Dan Balz         tryouts for three                                                                                        modern vice presidents.
                 Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie; former
9 a.m.           commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Rep. Luis V.                  THE SUNDAY       possible                                                                                                    Al Gore was on few early lists in
                 Gutierrez (D-Ill.); Edward Walker, former U.S. ambassador to          TAKE             contenders and a                                                                                         1992 as Bill Clinton set out to pick a
                 Egypt.                                                                                 shout-out for                                                                                            vice president. He and Clinton
                                                                                                        Marco Rubio by                                                                                           were of the same generation, the
                                                                                       the presumptive Republican                                                                                                same region and held similar views
                 NEWSMAKERS (C-SPAN)
10 a.m.                                                                                presidential nominee after a                                                                                              on many issues. He broke the rules
                 Rep. John Kline (R- Minn.).
                                                                                       report that the Florida senator                                                                                           for vice presidents. But as Clinton
                                                                                       was not being thoroughly vetted                                                                                           got to know Gore in private
                 THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA)                                                 by the campaign.                                                                                                          meetings, the personal chemistry
10 a.m.
                 Issa.                                                                    The Rubio episode was a rare                                                                                           overrode everything else.
                                                                                       and unexpected parting of the                                                                                                Vice presidential nominees can
                 MEET THE PRESS (NBC, WRC)                                             curtain of secrecy obscuring                                                                                              emerge late in the process, at least
10:30 a.m.       Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former New Mexico governor                 Romney’s search process. The                                                                                              in the public speculation. Jack
                 Bill Richardson and Issa.                                             apparent tryouts for former                                                                                               Kemp wasn’t much thought about
                                                                                       Minnesota governor Tim                                                                                                    seriously until a few days before
                 FACE THE NATION (CBS, WUSA)                                           Pawlenty, Sen. Rob Portman of                                                                                             Bob Dole picked him in 1996. Dick
10:30 a.m.       Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former Minnesota governor                  Ohio and Rep. Paul Ryan of                                                                                                Cheney was an even bigger
                 Tim Pawlenty and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.              Wisconsin were a long-accepted                                                                                            surprise, since he was in charge of
                                                                                       part of the process that can be as                                                                                        George W. Bush’s VP selection
                 WASHINGTON WATCH (TV ONE)                                             misleading as it is instructive.                                                                                          process.
11 a.m.          Fred Luter Jr., president of the Southern Baptist                     Only Romney’s tight inner circle                                                                                             Candidates even confound their
                 Convention.                                                           can say what, if anything, it all                                                                                         advisers. In 1984, Walter Mondale
                                                                                       meant.                                                                                                                    seemed to have settled on Dianne
                                                                                          The world may never know or                                                                                            Feinstein, then mayor of San
                                                                                       care about the full story of                                                                                              Francisco. After his advisers had
WASHINGTON POST E-BOOK                                                                 Romney’s real consideration of                                                                                            left Mondale alone in Minnesota
                                                                                       Rubio. But the flurry over the                                                                                            as they went off to attend to some
‘THE ORIGINAL WATERGATE STORIES’                                                       question of is-he-or-isn’t-he being                                                                                       other pre-convention business, the
On Sunday, June 18, 1972, a headline on The                                            vetted was a reminder that there                                                            JOHN RAOUX/ASSOCIATED PRESS   candidate changed his mind and
Washington Post’s front page read “5 Held in                                           is no more opaque aspect of              Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a favorite among conservatives, and                 decided that Geraldine Ferraro
Plot to Bug Democrats’ Office Here.” The                                               presidential politics, and no more       Mitt Romney said Rubio is being vetted as a possible running mate.               was his real choice. His team was
Washington Post would win a Pulitzer Prize for                                         frustrating a story for political                                                                                         caught off guard. Like Palin,
its coverage, which spawned two best-selling                                           reporters to cover, than the             serious likelihood that they will be   people even inside the campaign.          Ferraro received a late and hasty
books and a renowned movie, “All the                                                   selection of a vice presidential         selected. That got President              Campaigns have long taken the          vetting.
President’s Men.” To mark the 40th                                                     candidate.                               Obama’s campaign in some hot           position of not responding to any            The fact that Portman and
anniversary of the Watergate break-in, The                                                Romney said only two people           water four years ago when the          public speculation or even                Pawlenty, and perhaps Ryan, are
Post’s seminal Watergate stories have been                                             know for certain who is being            news broke, after his choice of Vice   specific reports of someone being         among those under serious
gathered together for the first time in an                                             seriously vetted by his campaign:        President Biden was announced,         vetted or not being vetted. That’s        consideration is widely accepted
e-book. The collection — including a foreword                                          himself and Beth Myers, his long-        that he hadn’t vetted Hillary          what made Romney’s decision to            at this point, though hardly
by reporters Bob Woodward and Carl                                                     trusted adviser who oversees the         Rodham Clinton. It later turned        declare that Rubio was being              confirmed. Whether Rubio makes
Bernstein assessing the impact of their stories                                        search process. There are                out that the lack of vetting was at    vetted so unusual. At a minimum,          the final cut isn’t knowable, given
— is available on Amazon.com for $2.99.                                                obviously others. Anyone who has         her request.                           it was a measure of the sensitivity       his relatively brief experience in
                                                                                       been asked to turn over sensitive           There is a variation of this. A     of the Latino vote and Romney’s           the Senate. That leaves New
                                                                                       financial or medical records             prospective candidate once told        tenuous standing with that                Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and
                                                                                       knows, as do that person’s tax           the selection team that he wanted      community.                                Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and
POLITICS ONLINE                                                                        accountant, top aide and,                to publicly take himself out of the       What also is unknowable, until         a surprise or two, as possible
                                                                                       probably, spouse.                        running, but only after being          the very end of the process, is just      contenders.
                                                                                          That assumes those politicians        assured that he wouldn’t be            where the process stands. Vetting            Romney and Ryan have good
                                                                                       being asked for sensitive                selected.                              takes many weeks. It starts with a        chemistry in public, and the
                                                                                       information are under truly                 Amid the barrage of                 search of public records of a long        congressman excites the
                                                                                       serious consideration. Still that is a   speculation and handicapping           list of candidates. Eventually the        conservative intelligentsia, but he
                                                                                       small circle, and the history of         that surrounds the selection of a      list is pared down to a handful.          champions a controversial
                                                                                       these selections is that those who       vice presidential running mate,        But assembling the financial and          budget plan, and it is a big leap
                                                                                       know who is truly in the running         secrecy is the price of admission      medical data required of those on         from being a House member to a
                                                                                       don’t talk and those who talk often      into the world of vetting and          the final list of contenders takes        national ticket.
                                                                                       don’t know anything concrete.            serious consideration.                 considerable time, and all                   Pawlenty has been through the
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                                                                                       fraught with problems for those
                                                                                                                                   Prospective candidates in the
                                                                                                                                past have been warned — when
                                                                                                                                                                       candidates aren’t necessarily
                                                                                                                                                                       asked at the same time for their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 presidential campaign process,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would be seen ready to be
and compare that with time spent                                                       trying to tease out the status of a      asked to fill out the deep             data.                                     president on the basis of eight
in other states.                                                                       presumptive nominee’s                    questionnaire required of all those       That means it is possible Rubio        years as governor of Minnesota
                                                                                       intentions. Campaigns have been          on the short list or to provide        had not been asked for the                and was vetted four years ago by
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                                                                                       known to deliberately mislead the
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                                                                                                                                sensitive personal records — to
                                                                                                                                avoid all leaks, under penalty of
                                                                                                                                                                       personal records of the finalists,
                                                                                                                                                                       as of last week. But those who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 McCain. But, like Romney, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 does not have Washington
                                                                                       that someone is being seriously          being taken off the list. That is      have knowledge of how this all            experience, and his presidential
candidates. Behind the Numbers                                                         vetted who isn’t at all.                 generally enough of an incentive       works say that by the end of this         campaign fell flat. Portman does
dissects voting trends and public                                                                                               to keep quiet even the most            month Romney should have                  have Washington experience and
opinion, and the Fix team breaks                                                       The vetting process                      ambitious and talkative of them.       asked those he is truly                   the added advantage that he
down what it all means.                                                                   Campaigns vet people for                 There may be as many as 200         considering to start assembling           could give Romney a boost in
     Photos and video: Check                                                           political convenience, to satisfy a      lawyers or researchers helping         their records. That’s certainly true      Ohio, if his service in the Bush
I    out galleries and clips that
capture the campaigning, the
                                                                                       constituency without any
                                                                                       intention of picking them. And, as
                                                                                                                                Romney vet prospective
                                                                                                                                candidates based on past history.
                                                                                                                                                                       if Romney is thinking of
                                                                                                                                                                       announcing his choice well before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 administration doesn’t prove a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 major negative to the
voting and the scenes afterward.                                                       John McCain showed four years            But those teams are segmented          the convention. There will be no          presumptive nominee.
                                                                                       ago with his selection of Sarah          and compartmentalized and              Palin rush jobs this year.                   What does all that add up to?
                                                                                       Palin, they sometimes are vetting        know only who they’ve been                                                       Ask Mitt Romney or Beth Myers.
                                                                                       a potential candidate whom no            assigned to scrub. The few people      It’s the nominee’s choice                 Or stay close to Twitter when the
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weekly sections. The ombudsman,                                                                                                 publican National Convention in        identify. During the primaries,           primaries penned sometimes
who acts as the readers’                                                                                                        Tampa. Romney’s high command           his campaign has raised 60 per-           scathing critiques of Romney. By
representative, can be reached by                                                         Top donors at elite                   decamped here from Boston to           cent of its money from people             speaking here, though, he effec-
calling 202-334-7582 or e-mailing
ombudsman@washpost.com.
                                                                                        gathering say victory is                rub elbows with top-flight do-         who gave the maximum legal                tively was dropping his arms. As
                                                                                        more than a possibility                 nors, including the normally re-
                                                                                                                                clusive campaign manager Matt
                                                                                                                                                                       amount of $2,500, according to
                                                                                                                                                                       the Campaign Finance Institute.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kristol arrived at the Chateaux at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Silver Lake, he set down his suit-
                                                                                                                                Rhoades and senior adviser Beth           Some of the donors here un-            case, took in the mountainside
                                                                                              BY   P HILIP R UCKER              Myers, who is leading Romney’s         derscored the extraordinary               views and exulted, “It’s not really
                                                                                                                                confidential vice presidential         wealth behind the Romney cam-             work.”
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                                                                                       park city, utah — If Mitt Rom-           search.                                paign. Malcolm Pray, a fundraiser            For Romney, however, the
                                                                                       ney’s presidential campaign were            The roughly 800 guests, who         from Greenwich, Conn., pulled             weekend was work indeed, as he
ARLINGTON       LEE HWY & GLEBE       703-524-7275       “A Tradition of Quality and   listed on the stock market, then         each contributed $50,000 or            from his blazer pocket a piece of         zipped around this mountain oa-
STERLING       www.parkcarpet.com     703-661-3999        Excellence—Since 1922”       those populating Utah’s luxuri-          raised at least $100,000 for the       paper with color thumbnails of 50         sis in his Secret Service motor-
                                                                                       ous Deer Valley resort this week-        campaign, reveled in unfettered        vintage cars in his personal col-         cade. Donors said he was notice-
                                                                                       end were its biggest sharehold-          access not only to Romney and          lection, studded with such mod-           ably relaxed, projecting confi-
                                                                                       ers. They showed off silver lapel        his family — Ann Romney gath-          els as a 1957 Porsche and a 1961          dence and seeming at ease as he
                                                                                       pins signifying their elite status,      ered the women guests for an           Ferrari. He showed reporters a            strategized with his state finance
                                                                                       carried around custom Vineyard           afternoon tea — but also to many       booklet summarizing his charita-          chairmen, attended policy semi-
                                                                                       Vines canvas totes and exuded            Republicans who could play im-         ble work for poor children with           nars on issues ranging from en-
                                                                                       collective     amazement        after    portant roles in his administra-       tips on “How to Become a Million-         ergy to banking to Israel and
                                                                                       watching Olympic ski jumpers do          tion.                                  aire,” such as “be patriotic,” “stay      toasted the fundraising team at a
                                                                                       flips into a giant swimming pool.           Among them were a handful of        away from drugs and liquor” and           Friday night cookout at Utah
                                                                                          But mostly they were here to          vice presidential prospects, in-       “slobs do not become million-             Olympic Park, near the bobsled
                                                                                       take stock of their investment,          cluding Sen. John Thune (S.D.),        aires.”                                   track and alpine ski jumps.
                                                                                       Romney. And after two days of            who shared pizza and posed for            This is the first large-scale re-         At the cookout, his wife, Ann,
                                                                                       intimate mingling with the pre-          pictures with donors at a hotel        treat bringing together the ex-           introduced four of their sons (the
                                                                                       sumptive Republican nominee              bar Friday night, as well as Rep.      tended Romney team. Campaign              fifth, Ben, is a medical resident in
                                                                                       and his senior advisers at a rar-        Paul Ryan (Wis.) and former Min-       staff said they initially expected        radiology and was on call). Then,
                                                                                       efied retreat in Park City, they         nesota governor Tim Pawlenty.          400 supporters to attend, but             as the sun set against the sweep-
                                                                                       have grown bullish, saying they             There were other Republican         double that turned out.                   ing expanse of the Wasatch
                                                                                       taste victory like never before in       luminaries here as well, including        Several longtime Republican            Range, Romney delivered a ver-
                                                                                       Romney’s six-year quest for the          Karl Rove, who runs the super          benefactors said this weekend’s           sion of his stump speech. Donors
                                                                                       presidency.                              PAC American Crossroads and            festivities were more ambitious           checked out Olympic medals, fig-
                                                                                          “The tide is turning in Mitt’s        held court at the five-diamond         than any they had experienced,            ure skating costumes and other
                                                                                       favor,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a top       Stein Eriksen Lodge, and Sen.          including President George W.             memorabilia from the 2002 Win-


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                                                                                       fundraiser        from     Virginia.     John McCain (Ariz.), the party’s       Bush’s retreats at his Texas ranch.       ter Games, which Romney led.
                                                                                       “There’s a real sense here that he       2008 nominee.                             “This is much more thorough.              Beneath a canopy tent lit by
                                                                                       can win, and it’s not just that             Former secretary of state Con-      This is much more extensive,”             chandeliers and ornamented
                                                                                       people are being Pollyannaish.           doleezza Rice delivered a 15-min-      said Brenda LaGrange Johnson, a           with bouquets of sunflowers,
    *100% Tax Deductible                                                               You can feel it in the air. . . .This    ute luncheon speech on foreign         former ambassador to Jamaica.             Romney mingled with donors
                                                                                       place is full of kinetic energy.”        and domestic policy Saturday           “The Crawford events were                 over plates of barbecued beef,
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                                                                                       tory Leadership Retreat” marked          fying and had attendees on their       is a working retreat.”                    And at 7 p.m., Olympic ski jump-
                                                                                       both the culmination of Rom-             feet twice. One donor said Rice           “We get a lot of one-on-one            ers put on a show, skiing down
                                                                                       ney’s intense and relentless per-        was “the star of the show,” while      time with Mitt,” she added. “I met        twin tracks and doing flips into a

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                                                                                       sonal cultivation of political           another said that, if it was a vice    him in 1994, and 20 minutes after         swimming pool, the water bub-
                                                                                       benefactors and an official com-         presidential tryout, “she hit it out   meeting him, I said, ‘Mitt, you’re        bling seconds ahead to soften
                                                                                       ing-together of GOP forces after a       of the park.”                          going to be president of the Unit-        their landings.
                                                                                       bruising primary season.                    The retreat, which was closed       ed States, and I’m going to help             Then Romney retired to his
      1-800-Help-Vets                                                                     Romney’s wealthy supporters
                                                                                       called the retreat the second-
                                                                                                                                to the press, highlighted the de-
                                                                                                                                gree to which Romney relies on
                                                                                                                                                                       you.’ I just felt the spark.”
                                                                                                                                                                          Among the special guests here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 room at the St. Regis, where he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 spent time with extended family
   www.HelpOurVeterans.org                                                             most important event on the
                                                                                       summer calendar, behind the Re-
                                                                                                                                deep-pocketed bundlers, whom
                                                                                                                                his campaign has declined to
                                                                                                                                                                       was Bill Kristol, the conservative
                                                                                                                                                                       commentator who through the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 members.
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