Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Santorum for veep? Not likely, says top Romney surrogate

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) may have plenty of political opportunities ahead of him — but a run as Mitt Romney’s vice president choice isn’t likely to be among them.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R). (Jae C. Hong — Associated Press)

The reason? Santorum’s “softness under pressure,” former New Hampshire governor and top Romney backer John H. Sununu (R) tells National Review Online’s Robert Costa:

“You want somebody who adds to the ticket,” Sununu says. “You also want somebody who has the right credentials and is credible — somebody who the public agrees could be president. That filter gives you seven to ten people to choose from, and then you choose who among them gives you the best political impact.”
Sununu, a Romney confidant, doesn’t expect Santorum to make that list. “He has shown, emotionally, softness under pressure. If anyone asked me personally, I would suggest that it’s a problem,” he says.

Sununu, a top Romney surrogate who frequently speaks out on Romney camp conference calls against Santorum’s record, also said that geography is likely to be a factor in the former Massachusetts governor’s pick.

“You don’t want to be accused of being so parochial that you can’t even look outside of your own backyard,” he told National Review Online.

A second-place finish in the presidential nominating contest can often lead to political alliances after the primary dust has settled — just ask Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But the rancorous, at-times personal battle between the top two GOP presidential hopefuls — not to mention the Romney camp’s own political considerations — would seem to preclude a Romney-Santorum ticket.

What are your thoughts? Would a Romney-Santorum matchup be a politically advantageous one, or not? The comments section awaits!

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