Democratic Super PAC Releases Files on Potential GOP VP Contenders

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 06:15 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Mitt Romney isn’t the only one sizing up vice presidential candidates.

Democratic researchers for the super PAC American Bridge 21st Century have spent several months examining the backgrounds of several potential Republican running mates.

The super PAC posted the information on its new website, VeepMistakes.com, which debuted on Friday. It features more than 1,300 pages of opposition research and many video clips.

So far, the super PAC is focusing on the three prospects that have generated the most speculation as running mates for the former Massachusetts governor: former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“In 2008, nobody was prepared for the disaster that was vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin,” Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge, told ABC News. “And while even Mitt Romney couldn’t top that pick, the front runners he’s considering are all deeply flawed in their own right.

“This year, we are going to make sure that the public has as much information as possible, as early as possible, on the extreme and out-of-touch positions of the candidates Mitt Romney would put a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Mollineau said.

The website uses playing cards — with the three possible running mates depicted as jokers — to make its point. Its file on Pawlenty spans 492 pages, while Portman’s runs nearly 350 pages and Rubio’s is 555 pages.

Its main points are that Portman bears part of the responsibility for the country's financial problems as he was George W. Bush's budget director; that Pawlenty's time as governor led to increased unemployment and poverty and that Rubio lacks experience.

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