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>What’s Next For Mitt and Hillary?

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The above title assumes Mitt Romney, the most talented Republican presidential candidate, is not selected by John McCain as his running mate this weekend.

Romney’s name has been running far above all others in the rumor mills and it will be a surprise to many if he is not selected. But my sources tell me McCain is a gambler and will place his bets on a woman candidate to play up to the millions of “disenfranchised” women who were left gawking when Hillary was defeated by Obama.

There is still a lot of angst among many of the 18 million women who voted for Clinton and now don’t believe they have anywhere to go but down–to Obama country.

A topflight woman would be just the ticket to lift the McCain candidacy and give him the edge in November. Several names have been mentioned, including Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Condi Rice, and a dark horse candidate, Julie M. Beck of Utah.

No, Mrs. Beck is not a politician, she is however a masterful public speaker and is president of the largest women’s organization on the face of the globe. Beck is the general president of the 2.4-million member Relief Society, part of the excellent organization and leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Relief Society General President
2007–Present

Julie B. Beck was serving as the first counselor in the LDS Church’s Young Women general presidency at the time she received her call to direct the Relief Society. As a child she learned to speak Portuguese when she lived in Brazil with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters while her father served as mission president. In the Church she has served on the Young Women general board, as ward Young Women and Primary president, as counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, and at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She is a graduate of Dixie College and Brigham Young University. Sister Beck was a full-time homemaker prior to being called to the Young Women general presidency. She lives in Alpine, Utah, with her husband, Ramon, and they are the parents of three children and eight grandchildren. It’s about time we had a full-time homemaker as a vice president. She would be terrific. Plus, she wouldn’t have any political baggage or record for Democrats to attack.

Dick Morris believes McCain should choose Hutchison. She’s been around for decades and “is not going to make mistakes now.” Morris believes Obama’s failure to nominate a woman is such a glaring misstep that McCain should pounce and take advantage of it.

“The ticket will nominally be Obama-Biden. But, to millions of American women it will be Obama and not Hillary.”

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