Mitt Romney hasn’t clinched the nomination for 2012 GOP presidential candidate, but media outlet National Journal has named U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., as one of his “plausible alternative” running mates.
The National Journal writes: “We left Toomey off our first list, but in the intervening weeks he’s getting a little buzz, and a bit of a push from certain circles on Capitol Hill.”
The magazine adds, “Still, when it comes to white male Republicans from the Northeast, why pick Toomey over [New Jersey Gov. Chris] Christie?”
Toomey, a Lehigh Valley lawmaker buoyed by the tea party to win in 2010, has steered a conservative agenda since arriving in Washington. Toomey authored three bills in the bipartisan JOBS Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed Thursday.
Toomey has led the debate regarding the Obama administration’s requirement that health care coverage includes contraception, which he claims violates religious freedoms. He co-sponsored a balanced budget amendment and introduced bills to cap spending and ban earmarks.