General David Petraeus Would Make Unlikely VP Pick, Political Experts Say

Nathan Francis - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:16 p.m. ET

General David Petraeus has been generating a lot of buzz lately as a secret darkhorse for Mitt Romney’s running mate, but, despite the chatter from the right, the CIA chief still makes an unlikely pick.

The stature of General David Petraeus as a VP candidate shot from non-existent to red hot with word from the Drudge Report that he is under secret consideration for the job. Petraeus is even getting a nod from President Obama himself, who claimed his inside information put the general at the top of Romney’s list.

Chris Cillizza isn’t buying it. The White House reporter for the Washington Post and author of the political blog The Fix, Cillizza wrote that there are a number of reasons General David Petraeus would never take the job.

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First and foremost, as head of the Central Intelligence Agency, General David Petraeus would never leave behind a powerful and high-profile role to take on the man who appointed him to the position, Cillizza wrote. This would also go against Petraeus’ nature.

On top of that, General David Petraeus has said himself that a political career is not in his future, telling NBC’s David Gregory in 2010 that he has no plans for politics.

“I am not a politician, and I will never be, and I say that with absolute conviction,” Petraeus said, quoting General Ulysses S. Grant, who ironically enough did later run for president.

And, though there has been speculation plenty of times that he will run for president, Petraeus has never met the public’s expectations.

Aside from Petraeus background, the vice president pick just plan doesn’t make sense for Romney, Cillizza wrote. Romney wants to keep the focus of the election on the economy, and General David Petraeus would do nothing to help in that area.


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