I’ve been saying for some time that in order to make up the gender gap, and show he doesn’t have a tin ear to women’s voices, likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will need to add a woman to his ticket. There are some good choices to appease social conservatives — Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer — or some to appeal to moderates, like Condeleezza Rice or Kay Baily Hutchison. There are even some who are pretty much unknown, but who could open doors for Romney as raising new talent like Kelly Ayotte or Kristi Noem.
However, one person who is probably off the shortlist is former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Sure, she comes with a lot of fundraising experience, and could really play to the “economics is the key women’s issue” argument that the GOP is currently touting.
But that mass layoff? Probably not so good. As Politico notes, “Meg Whitman… announced in the last two weeks that she has to cut 30,000 jobs at the company, with slots in high-growth China probably avoiding the axe….[J]ob cutbacks can be the flip side of a business, especially in a struggling economy. And Whitman’s own difficulties seem likely to be a ripe opportunity for Democrats to argue that even a top Romney surrogate hasn’t been able to prevent losses, at a time when the presidential hopeful is citing his private sector tenure as his main criteria for being able to fix the nation’s economy.”
As the Romney campaign pushes being the campaign that will create jobs, despite his Bain Capital background of buying companies, laying off, and selling for profit, adding another person to the ticket who could be easily identified with killing jobs probably isn’t the best move.
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