Is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie precisely who presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney needs to defeat a sitting president?
Christie, who has repeatedly denied he wanted the be considered for the vice-presidential spot on the Republican ticket, sounded open to the possibility this week.
“He might be able to convince me. He’s a convincing guy,” Christie said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The comment set off a heated debate on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” on Wednesday.
“When you’re talking about the No. 2 spot, you’re talking about some different criteria. I think there’s reason for the Romney people to be very hesitant about putting a guy like Christie on the ticket,” said Salon.com political writer Steve Kornacki.
“The two things that come to mind, are: One, he’s got such a strong personality, he’s so charismatic, he could overshadow Romney, who you know has that reputation for being a bit dull, a bit wooden, a bit stiff,” he said.
The other issue with Christie is that he’s a bit “erratic,” Kornacki added.
Robert Costa of the National Review backed Christie for veep.
“You have to have a bulldog in there. You have to bring your best players on to your team, not worry about the overshadow problem,” he said.
Costa offered a historical perspective for selecting a someone different from the presidential candidate.
“Look at 1968, when Richard Nixon tapped Spiro Agnew, then a rookie governor in Maryland, brought a lot of bulldog, nattering, nabobs and negativity, slamming the Left,” he said. “I think Chris Christie could play that similar role for Mitt Romney. Different characteristics, different personalities, but together a strong ticket, and you’ve got to be looking for strength when going up against Barack Obama.”
Kornacki noted that Christie’s standing in his native New Jersey — a blue state — was good, but not great.
Costa said that could work in his favor.
“We all know Chris Christie has a tough persona. He’s a tough guy,” he said. “But if you look at his record, he’s bipartisan, and he’s even supportive of Bowles-Simpson. He wants to broker a deal to get rid of this deficit.” Tune in:
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