It should come to no surprise that Senator Rob Portman's
(R-OH) name has been on the short list of Republican Vice Presidential candidates, yet the
former Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director's prospects on social
media have been less well known.
During months of speculation, the Portman buzz has risen,
and apparently, fallen again following a brief upsurge in chatter last week.
According to OhMyGov Analytics, over 1,000 references to Portman were recorded on Twitter
between June 14 and June 20. Most of the talk seems neutral, with a lot of it
centering on the supposed
veep-to-be Portman and wife Jane's pancake-making
skills during a recent campaign stop by Romney in Ohio.
"Jane and I are
serving pancakes, and Ohio maple syrup with Mitt Romney in Brunswick,"
Portman tweeted June 17.
"rain cleared up. Sun is shining. Happy Father's Day!"
But there was more than pancake making going on as Portman
auditioned for the No. 2. According to Jim Heath of ONN, Romney and
Portman were greeted by protesters chanting 'hands off our birth control!"
Portman, who once told an audience of conservatives that his
decision to turn down a job in the first George Bush's administration to spend
time with his terminally ill mother--has never been shy about his support of
religious groups' rights. His sponsorship of the Blunt Amendment, which would
have allowed Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions not to supply
contraceptive medication, was narrowly
defeated in the Senate earlier this year.
Yet the contraceptive mandate was far from the minds of
some Twitter users last week.
"UPI tells me
Portman, Pawlenty under Romney review," @AlienEnchanter wrote, tweeting an
from the news service.
Portman to raise fundraise for NHGOP," WMUR political columnist
@JamesPindell said, including an article
of his own about an upcoming visit by Portman to the Granite State.
Even with the recent acknowledgment that Senator Marco Rubio
(R-FL) is being vetted, the VP guessing game continues
to dominate the discussion online and in the press with all eyes now on former
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
But that hasn't dampened Portman's hard core supporters.
"I've picked Rob
Portman from the start," @MSalasBlair tweeted. "Guess we'll
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