Poll: Who Should Be Ron Paul’s Vice President in 2012?

Ron Paul announced on May 13 that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential elections. If Ron Paul wins the Republican primary, who should he choose as his running mate for the general election? You can choose up to 7 options.

If Ron Paul wins the Republican primary, who should be his running mate? (choose up to 7 options)

  • Andrew Napolitano (11%, 2,332 Votes)
  • Jesse Ventura (10%, 2,036 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (9%, 1,909 Votes)
  • Gary Johnson (7%, 1,380 Votes)
  • Peter Schiff (6%, 1,180 Votes)
  • Dennis Kucinich (6%, 1,169 Votes)
  • Herman Cain (4%, 827 Votes)
  • Tom Woods (4%, 773 Votes)
  • Ralph Nader (4%, 742 Votes)
  • Lew Rockwell (3%, 728 Votes)
  • John Stossel (3%, 667 Votes)
  • Alex Jones (3%, 662 Votes)
  • Colin Powell (3%, 596 Votes)
  • Michele Bachmann (3%, 584 Votes)
  • Mike Huckabee (2%, 506 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (2%, 501 Votes)
  • Pat Buchanan (2%, 441 Votes)
  • Walter Williams (2%, 440 Votes)
  • Barry Goldwater, Jr. (2%, 413 Votes)
  • Jim DeMint (2%, 388 Votes)
  • Sarah Palin (2%, 382 Votes)
  • Mitt Romney (2%, 375 Votes)
  • Lou Dobbs (2%, 374 Votes)
  • Chuck Baldwin (2%, 371 Votes)
  • Tim Pawlenty (1%, 285 Votes)
  • Adam Kokesh (1%, 254 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (1%, 247 Votes)
  • Newt Gingrich (1%, 163 Votes)
  • Debra Medina (1%, 160 Votes)
  • Rick Santorum (1%, 155 Votes)
  • Sharron Angle (0%, 54 Votes)
  • Roy Moore (0%, 40 Votes)
  • Fred Karger (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Buddy Roemer (0%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,798

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  • Harrison Wills

    Dennis KucinichRalph NaderJesse VenturaJill SteinThe above are all very well qualified running mates who are dynamic, intelligent and honest.If he chose any of the above running mates he would become even more competitive. All of the above candidates have supported the occupy wall street movement and understand how the Supreme Court’s ruling that corporations are people and therefore have first amendment rights and government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech and therefore they can contribute to political campaigns as a form of free speech has been a terrible impinging force on the ability of ordinary citizens, students, congress, and the states to adopt even limited measure to protect against corporate domination of the electoral process.They know the truth.

  • OhioCommonSense

    I don’t think there is any question he should choose a Californian, and one of whom is popular among Latinos.

  • HenryRuleoflawandmoralityTudor

    ALAN KEYES !!!

  • Scott
  • Choosing the vice president should be both a strategic and principled choice consistent with Ron Paul’s message. A succesfull campaign engages both establishment and religious Republicans with a consistent message. Looking at how the race is developping to me the smartest choice would be Senator Jim DeMint. Allthough, he himself claims “somebody would have to be pretty desperate” to pick him as VP. But things can change fast in politics.

  • Sayanshaka

    You want a democratic America? An ‘outsider’s view’: NO FEDERAL RESERVE
    President: Ron Paul / Vice: Dennis Kucinich / State: Chuck Hagel / Treasury: Gerald Celente / Justice: Andrew Napolitano and include people like Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Alex Jones, Nassim Haramein, , Raj Patel (No, he is not the anti-christ, stupid! he’s just a really good economist), Me [for my input on human evolution and American archaeology, I would initiate an ambitious, irresistible archaeological project to finally understand human prehistory and our origins once and for all, and present it to the best scholars in the world and ‘vote it out’, cooperating with a never seen before, massive hall of fame staff of old and young geniuses; many are already known (at least to me!); and we would commit to it until we sort it out ;], in your government, and within one term, the United States of America would shine like never before! Seriously!

    • Sayanshaka

      You can add , Jesse Ventura and Rand Paul to that govt list.


    The only sensible choice is Judge Napolitano.
    Forget the elitist,establishment Republicans.
    They’ll be laughing at him during debates just like McCain did in 2008. Bachmann,Christie,Ryan….none of these choices can hold a candle to Napolitano.
    He’d make an excellent president in his own right!!!

    But you have to factor in party politics and history on the subject also.
    There will be a lot of pressure on the good Dr. to choose an establishment or religious figure.
    I hope he makes his own choice and avoids the tragic error that was made in the 2008 selection process!

  • That is my thinking also. It goes further than that with me. I guess the best way to describe would be his “stage presence and the way he delivers his thoughts. Add the booming type voice. And I’m still lamenting about the fact that he is not an American. Peace

  • When your website is ronpaul.com, you have an at least implied obligation to exclude Establishment candidates. Beyond that, if you know someone worked for the FED (and I don’t mean as a janitor), you have to exclude Cain. If you know someone represents beltway libertarians- the ones who did the (T)Reason hit piece- then you exclude Stossel and Johnson. If you know that someone worked for the IRS as a PROSECUTOR- you exclude Bachmann. I like Rand but fathers and sons on the same ticket?! Even the Bush family as corrupt as they were/are- knew better than that.

    Most good libertarians and voluntaryists don’t want office- like Lew Rockwell. In fact, if I understand Lew, I don’t think he would vote at all, even to vote for Paul, because it is a principle. But Lew definitely supports Paul, and he was a major in Paul’s first Pres. campaign. There is no better supporter than Lew. But as for vp, Ventura isthe man- he got he youth vote in Minn. as Governor which shook the establishment. Andrew Napolitano is definitely Attorney General, or Supreme Court.

    Alex Jones would never leave his radio show- can you see him as Press Secretary (That would be freakin’ hilarious- can you imagine him during a presser calling on he NYT or Fox? I can see him shouting them down in his loud voice.

    Peter Schiff is Treasury Sec- his name on all our cash would be the best considering his Dad is in jail for the non-crime of tax evasion.

    Before the welfare state is destroyed, we must first destroy the DOD, MIC, State Dept, close all bases outside US- well really the ones wedo have here support the DOD and MIC so they need to go. The founders never had a Pentagon. Their mistake was even having a war department.

    As soon as the welfare state is destroyed you do not need anyone who is anti-immigrant. Don’t give me this legal vs illegal crap (the people who scream the loudest want government handouts for themselves only)- we do not need drivers licenses, license plates, VIN numbers, compulsory car insurance, street cameras, state troopers, social security, state birth certificates, or marriage licenses. No one needs to be a citizen- citizens are like corporations- their tax id numbers, issued by the government- make them subjects, not free people.

    Anything that is a right does not require a license
    Anything that requires a license, is not a right.

    Paul – Ventura 2012!

    • Dr. Paul will make the decision. While this is all fun. Gives us a chance to express our thoughts on the subject. I personally think Peter Schiff if Ron won and he wound up as VP has enough overall worldly wisdom/knowledge beyond just the economic aspects to be able to run the country were it to become necessary. That said. While Jesse V. was an entertainer. So was Reagan. He could garner votes. And he does believe in the America that was, You know. the America that used to manufacture products that made people all over the world look for that Made In America sticker on the bottom before they bought it. Yea thats the one. The other America. The one that used to have elected officials that did not think it ok to formulate and enact legislation at the behest and direction of wealthy bankers and fortune 500 corporate big shots behind closed doors. I miss that America. sigh..

      It wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all knowing that there was a Huge, American Patriotic Navy Seal hanging out and spending lots of time in Dr. Pauls proximity.
      Call me a tin hatter if you like. The fact is America has a bad track record when it comes to protecting presidents that have backbone, moral integrity, and are willing to do what is right for our nation and people. Instead of what the hidden puppet masters dictate.

  • Pat Mason

    The fact that scum like Bachmann, Huckabee, Cain, Pawlenty, Palin, Gingrich, DeMint, Powell, Santorum, Romney, Dobbs, Trump, et al would even be considered is too smarmy to even think about. Other unprovens (like Gary Johnson who is SQUISHY at best on War, intervention, Empire Building, etc.) shouldn’t be listed, either. Dennis Kucinich in every other respect except War and the Fed is a dyed-in-the-wool LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. Why in God’s name pick him? What this poll shows is there are still way too many ‘GOP’ers in our midst, and we must work to expunge them from our movement. Look how they infiltrated and wrecked the Ron Paul-inspired ‘Tea Party.’

  • Prof de la Paz

    Vice Prez: Gary Johnson
    Sec State: Pat Buchnan
    Sec Treas: Peter Schiff
    Atty Gen: Andrew Napolitano
    Sec War: Karen Kwiatkowskty
    Sec Inter: Russell Means
    Sec Cmrc: Jim Rogers
    Sec HHS: Dennis Kucinich
    Sec Educ: John Gatto
    Sec Energ: Sarah Palin

  • Matt

    I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Ralph Nader. A more balanced ticket could swing some of the more dissatisfied, moderate liberals away from Obama.

  • bolo

    Now one thing, if Paul should be become POTUS. Appoint Jim Rogers, as FED Chairman. His first act, would be to dissolve the FED, then fire himself …

    Col. Douglas Macgregor for SecDef. He would cut 90% of the officer corps of the U.S. Army. The rest is academic. The guideline for a ‘standing army’ is in Article I, Section VIII. The Constitution puts no limits on a naval force. The USMC is fine at 200,000 personal. The USAF needs to be consolidated with the USA into SOCOM. National defense, will once again become a proper mission. No more need for ’empire building.’

  • Michael

    A few good candidates here. But some really bad ones, too. Mitt Romney? Newt Gingrich? Get real!

    Some thoughts of mine on others:

    Isn’t Adam Kokesh constitutionally ineligible? He’s not even 30, right?

    Walter Williams would be a beast on the economic issues. I would love to see him clean Biden’s clock in the VP debate. But I don’t know anything about his foreign policy views.

    I’m pretty sure Lew Rockwell wouldn’t accept.

    Tom Woods would be the best communicator of libertarian ideas out of all the people on the list. But he has never held office. That may not matter to us, but it matters a lot to most everyone else. And if I disqualify Woods on these grounds, then Stossel has to go, too. And so does Schiff. And Baldwin, even though I voted for him in 2008.

    I agree with those who say no to Kucinich. He’s great on civil liberties and war, but it’s too risky if the VP doesn’t agree with President Paul on ALL the major issue: foreign policy, civil liberties, free markets, and sound money. Nader is out for the same reasons. These guys might be suited for a cabinet position, but not for a place on the ticket.

    DeMint may be a Fed critic and a budget hawk, but he’s also a war hawk. So he’s out. Same with Bachmann.

    Buchanan and Goldwater are too old to be Ron’s running mate. He needs someone a good ten years younger than him and with a lot of energy.

    Paul/Paul would certainly be interesting, but a having your son, a senator with only 2 years of experience, as your running mate just screams nepotism. Rand should run at the top of the ticket in 2016 or 2020.

    I’d like to give Gary Johnson consideration. I think he’s a decent man with a good track record as governor of NM, but I’d like someone who has studied more Austrian economics and who talks in terms of principles rather than “cost-benefit analysis.”

    The best combination of age, experience, and the belief in and ability to communicate libertarian ideas is Judge Andrew Napolitano. He’s about 60, so there’s no question that he is young enough to reassure those concerned about Ron’s age (though I’m not). He’s held office, albeit not elected office. Anyone who has watched Freedom Watch knows how deeply held his libertarian beliefs are and how fluently he communicates them. Ideally, I’d like to see him on the Supreme Court, but of all the people listed here, he’s the best.

  • JR

    Definitely Rand Paul. He would bring in the TP vote for sure.

  • A Dr. paul and Ventura ticket would be a dream come true…

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  • shawn dunseith

    what about Gary Johnson? he seems to be a good match