Poll: Rick Scott or Allen West as VP Would Hurt Romney in Florida

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As always, Florida will be a critical swing state in the 2012 election. According to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, President Barack Obama currently has a 5-point lead over Mitt Romney. So what could Romney do to improve his chances? Well, he certainly shouldn't take Sarah Palin's advice and pick Allen West as his running mate. Though, he could do worse than West. He could pick Governor Rick Scott.

Both Republicans appear to be political poison in their home state right now.

Obama currently polls 50 percent compared to Mitt Romney's 45 percent in Florida. Obama has huge leads among women (16 percent), independents (19 percent), and Hispanics (15 percent).

Candidates can sometimes pick up a slight bump in a state by picking a politicians from that state. Though, according to the PPP poll, of all prominent Republicans in Florida only former Governor Jeb Bush would give Romney any noticeable bounce. Here's the breakdown of an Obama-Biden ticket against a Romney ticket featuring various Florida pols.

  • Obama-Biden vs Romney-Bush: 49-46
  • Obama-Biden vs Romney-Rubio 50-43
  • Obama-Biden vs Romney-West: 50-40
  • Obama-Biden vs Romney-Scott: 51-40

The West and Scott numbers aren't much of a surprise, but a Romney-Rubio ticket shows concerning weakness consider Marco Rubio is often mention in the mainstream media as a potential VP pick.

Reports PPP:
There's not much evidence Rubio would be able to draw Hispanic voters to Romney. In the straight Obama/Romney match Obama leads 52-37 with Hispanics and in the Obama/Biden v. Romney/Rubio match Obama still leads 52-37 with Hispanics. Rubio is not an overwhelmingly popular figure in Florida with 43% of voters approving of him to 41% who disapprove.
Noticeably, Bush doesn't help much among Hispanics either. Florida Hispanics still prefer Obama over Romney 53-41 even with Bush on the ticket.

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Ron West
Ron West

It's better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.  Go Sarah.  Sure hope they follow your advice.

John Rudd
John Rudd

Which ever person Mitt the Mormon Bishop picks he is DOOMED in Florida and in the rest of the USA too, say Hi to all my many friends in the Sunshine State, I miss you all.

Walter Thompson III
Walter Thompson III

Palin is such a racist! She has no respect for African Americans period, and most in my African American community know this plainly! But that being said she is indeed ignorant and misguided to even venture into thinking that a selection of Allen West on the Romney ticket would pick off huge and significant numbers of African Americans and Latino Americans to vote for Romney over Obama. Not! Obama 2012! The end.

Sjaent2001
Sjaent2001

"""Well, he certainly shouldn't take Sarah Palin's advice and pick Allen West as his running mate. Though, he could do worse than West. He could pick Governor Rick Scott.""""--------- well, well that is strange, if Mitt Romney to really win in Florida the best choice would be JEB BUSH,  he was Governor his own record, name recognition and above all the same political turf which gave his elder brother a push to overcome all hurdles for the second term,  so this hidden potentiol ACE would be to be the best of both worlds for a 'Romney win if that is what the republican party wants,   Name, Money, REcord, Recognitionl, Conservative vote bank what else one would wish to carry FLORIDA in the coming elections of course with improved vote casting apparatus no more CHADE PROBLEM.   LOL

Oldwolf49
Oldwolf49

Maybe he could clone himself and then be both Prez and VP.  Bet that would be a lower polling rate than any of the others.

hwt
hwt

Romney and Obama are the same, Both are puppets to the secret bankers who rule this country...Both support the patriot act , NDAA , SB347 and the fascist police state we live in.Both will add more debt due to their love of wars...you can keep these puppets.I will support freedom and liberty and a sound currency and a lower debt....I will support the anti war candidate who will restore our civil liberties...

Nina Spencer
Nina Spencer

Is it just me or does Rick Scott look like a cancer ridden Max Headroom? (apologies to Matt Frewer, I'm actually a fan)

Lucius Fieldon
Lucius Fieldon

Sarah Palin QUIT her job as Governor half way through and she lost in a bid to become the Vice President. And now she is a "media/attention" whore, she has no credibility whatsoever. There is no reason any sane person would listen to someone like that..

Rev Ken
Rev Ken

Mr. Romney, please, please, please pick Rick Scott as your VP. If things go as they have in the past after Gov. Scott loses the election he will quit as Florida's Governor. This would be the best thing for Florida.

jcinco
jcinco

she just wants to unload the crown for the world's worst vp pick. as always, it's all about sarah.

John Roman
John Roman

Romney is the shill of the 1% EXACTLY like that creep in Wisconsin is for the Koch brothers

Susanaholt
Susanaholt

I do not like mitt romney. As a born again christian I'm against mormon ism. However I will vote for romney just to vote no against obama. To vote for a mormon means I'm desperate. desperate for obama to leave.

Susanaholt
Susanaholt

I'm hispanic Do not like obama So who are all these hispanics that like obama? Obama needs to go he's destroying this nation. Obama doesn't know right from wrong this is his problem.

Jean Davis
Jean Davis

Wow....if Obama wins Florida...it's over. He already has a substantial number of electoral votes....add Florida and it will be tough for Romney.

Dougboedecker
Dougboedecker

120k new voters every month.  more than half are women, almost half the rest are non-white males.  That leaves about 30,000 new voters that todays GOP has a serious shot at winning a majority of.  So even if you give them 2 out every three new white male voter, thats' only adding about 20k new voters to their base.  Out of the other 90,000 non-white new voters added every month, how many will ever vote GOPTeabag?  Maybe 20 to 25%?  At 25% that's 22,500 new voters that aren't white male that probably will vote GOP.  So out of 120k new voters every month, the GOP can expect maybe 45k voting for them and about 75k to the Dems.  Can you say the "now extinct GOPTeaBaggers".   naa naa naaaa naaaa naa naa naaa naaa saaaaaaaaaaaay GOOD BYE!

Carol Smith
Carol Smith

The people Palin picks all have the potential to be the embarrassment that she is!

flyinroom
flyinroom

Interesting...  A conundrum for the Romney people.Bush would be more attractive to Floridians but less attractive to GOPT.Rubio not too attractive to anyone.Scott and West both big time embarassments.

The only alternative, as I see it is...........OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them.This is the kind of republican that makes the party undesirable

Running on Empty

A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population ofthe Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans Seems likea double standard. If you come from Cuba you are granted automaticresidency, but if you come from other countries you need to have theproper documentation

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Marco Rubio Really Admires Dead Ra cist Jesse Helms.

So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security,Medicaid and Medicare.

spented thousands with GOP credit card

Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

it time to recall this clown

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district

Surfsupgordo
Surfsupgordo

Sarah  palin is a   moron ,who is only in this venue for financial gain.  Quit watcingFox

shorty5704
shorty5704

Whatever floats your boat Susan, Voting against your best interest is your problem. Do whatever 'ya gotta do, girl friend.

Nadjia
Nadjia

Can't believe what you are saying !  You have the right to choose the person to vote for but voting for someone whom you dislike just because you want Obama to leave is just beyong despair. You should consult a doctor lady.Obama 2012

rivera
rivera

Im a hispanic woman also and I believe you are SICK!!!!!@a2f9e14b8f7a7cc14590a6a8135f41df:disqus 

elad69
elad69

Why are you against Mormonism? They are Christians too. They pledge allegiance to the flag at all events, encourage their kids to be good members of the community, don't ask for government hand outs (have their own safety net of charitable industries). I am not Mormon but think it is a bad rap to consider them a cult. Do some research.

elad69
elad69

Please give examples of how he is destroying our nation. I guess after the Republicans nearly destroyed it over the past 8 years you assume Obama will finish us off? You obviously only watch Fox News and believe Romney lies. I am waiting for Mitt to tell us what he would have done/will do if elected. But I am not holding my breath. 

Dieter Zerressen
Dieter Zerressen

 So you would compromise you core beliefs on Christianity and still vote for Romney?  Pretty sad.

 Sir Woodorw
Sir Woodorw

Your right Susanaholt.. The number is $16 Trillion and counting.............

Nadjia
Nadjia

How long have you been here Susanaholt?

Mulkie
Mulkie

The Hispanics that like Obama? Basically all that are not Cuban American!

DOMINGO
DOMINGO

Your are hispanic? Then get your head out of your ass and at least read some of the things the republicans have done and are doing to the U.S.  Starting with this war we are in , the Iraqi war,  revisiting the abortion issue again,,,,, 

janoe
janoe

Honey, Stop watching the FOX/RNC propaganda channel. They live, you believe.

Nadjia
Nadjia

Obam will be re-elected because the republican extreme agenda has been exposed and americans can't be fooled twice , they are awake and ready to vote. We are living history right now and this election is so crucial for the future of our coutry. Obama 2012

Nadjia
Nadjia

Yes tell me why? Who is she ? Former half governor who quit tells it all. Maybe the media gave her much attention for her look as Ailes said to attract viewers on Fox news?

John Rudd
John Rudd

Carol how right you are, I used to spend months in Daytona Beach Shores, all the best from London England

Nadjia
Nadjia

Absolutely .Can't understand how people listen to her, she is empty. Obama 2012

John Rudd
John Rudd

Great post and so true.   All the best from London England

Nadjia
Nadjia

Agree with you 100% flyinroom

Mulkie
Mulkie

Good commentary. Rubio on the ticket is and has always been a non starter for the Hispanic vote. He adds nothing in that category and the Cuban Americans in Fl were going to vote Republican with or without Rubio. He also adds nothing as being a president should Romney not be able to continue. Maybe not as bad as a Palin but nothing to write home about. He is basically a lightweight that is only important to FL because he is of Cuban ancestry. 

 Sir Woodorw
Sir Woodorw

Compromising core beliefs?  You mean, kind of like Catholics (who don't belief in abortion), voting for Obama?

Mulkie
Mulkie

I sense he is faking it and not Hispanic.

Nadjia
Nadjia

Fox viewers has low IQ  said last survey. Viewers are mislead and lied to by Fox news. No wander why they dislike our president. Obama 2012

hwt
hwt

your support for the fascist dictator shows your I.Q. ..why don't you turn off your TV and educate yourself before making a fool of yourself...If you were so smart you would know about the Federal Reserve and the banking cartels, but you don't...here watch this video and enlighten yourself...watch the  entire thing and you may learn why we need to end the Fed...http://youtu.be/e-pNZukL5fY

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