(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) Mitt Romney’s list of potential vice presidential running mates is now down to three finalists, campaign insiders report:
- Wei Chen, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
- Sadashiv Gupta, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
- Ester Ramirez, San Antonio, San Miguel, El Salvador
All three offer various strengths to Romney.
Highly energetic Wei Chen is currently employed at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu, and makes iPads, although he has never seen the complete product.
“I wake up, go to work for 14 hours, then I go back home and go to bed, wake up and do it again,” says Chen, 25. “Being Mitt Romney’s running mate would be a welcome change to my schedule, and perhaps stifle my thoughts of suicide.”
“I have the skills needed on the campaign trail. I have a good customer service technique and I speak fluent English,” Gupta told PNS. Romney is said to favor Gupta since he reportedly speaks better English than Louisiana’s GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal.
As a textile factory worker in El Salvador’s maquiladora zone, Ramirez hardly has time for politics, and she has been threatened by paramilitary security guards against doing any union organizing.
Assembling goods for export to U.S. for companies like J.C. Penney, the GAP, and Eddie Bauer, Ramirez has labored at Mandarin International, a Taiwanese-owned plant for years. “Do they pay the Vice President more than 56 cents an hour?” she asked reporters.
Campaign officials refused to discuss the selection process or the short list but made clear that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had yet to make up his mind.
Romney’s guiding principle?
“Whoever is cheaper.”
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