When it comes to picking a vice presidential candidate, there’s usually two things that are a must for the second slot on the ticket — a candidate who can speak to constituents that the presidential candidate may not appeal to, and a person who can act as an attack dog on the trail.
Florida Republican Allen West may just have those qualifications, and he’s anxious to be put to the test.
Speaking on CNN, the Tea Party Congressman stated, “As far as the vice president thing, you know, who knows what the future [holds], because it wasn’t too long ago, you know, I was sitting in the desert of Kandahar, Afghanistan, and now I’m here talking with you…But, you know, I am always willing and ready to serve my country in whatever capacity that the American people would desire.”
A combative personality, West definitely has attack dog credentials. As the only Republican member of the Congressional Black caucus, he’s found of calling out what he believes are racist attacks against him while at the same time accusing African Americans of being on the “Democratic plantation.”
And his endless jousting with fellow Florida Represent Debbie Wasserman Shultz, who also is the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, would add to what is already bound to be a highly volatile election season.
Plus, with his Tea Party allure, he’d bring in the far right members of the party so mistrustful of former Governor Mitt Romney, should Romney still end up with the GOP nomination.
Romney/West 2012. Hmmm…
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