Petraeus and Romney — what might have been


Just about two months ago the Internet was abuzz with speculation that Mitt Romney might ask CIA Director David Petraeus to be his running mate.

The Drudge Report said an anonymous source overheard President Obama talking about the possibility. “The President wasn’t joking,” the source said.

This Christian Post story quoted Petraeus as saying he had no interest in running for political office, but then noted the coy and educated general used the exact same words in his denial as had Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who subsequently did run for office anyway.

Most reports said the selection of Petraeus would be a game-changer. This story said it would give Romney foreign-policy expertise on the ticket, making up for Romney’s own lack of it.

The story also quoted a GOP official who said he doubted Petraeus would betray his own commanding officer by running against him.

In light of the seemingly ever-unfolding events that led to Petraeus’ abrupt resignation late last week, it’s interesting to contemplate what might have happened if Petraeus had left to run with Romney.

I’m guessing we might have learned about his affair with Paula Broadwell, and all the other sordid details, a lot sooner than we did.

About the Author

Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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