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Catholic Republicans dominate list of possible Romney running mates

April 27, 2012

The Washington Post points out that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is likely to choose a Catholic as his running-mate.

Having defeated two Catholics (Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich) for the Republican nomination, Romney must now choose his preferred candidate for the vice-presidency. Among the 5 Republican politicians regarded as the most likely candidates, 4--Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin--are Catholics. (The 5th, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, is a Methodist.) Several more Catholics are among the other potential candidates whose names are frequently mentioned by Washington analysts.

Only one Republican Catholic has ever been nominated by the party for a spot on a presidential ballot: Rep. William Miller of New York was the GOP vice-presidential candidate in 1964.


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