April 17, 2012 In a conversation about what qualities Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, might seek in a person to fill out his national ticket, GOP consultant Mike Murphy told NPR's Melissa Block the worse thing would be to go for the political equivalent of a sugar high. That happened in 2008 with Sarah Palin. He thinks the GOP learned its lesson. Thus, he thinks Sen. Rob Portman looms large for Romney.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally in West Virgina on Oct. 30, 2010.
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December 28, 2010 "What you really want to be is the candidate who emerges toward the end of 2011," says Mike Murphy, and if Palin can "fascinate the media for nine months" before then, that's fine.
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