Last week armchair pundits were saying Wikipedia could offer an early heads up about the possible vice presidential pick, noting that Sarah Palin’s page was updated 68 times before John McCain chose her as his running mate. But recent developments make it likely that a different technology platform may be the place to look for the scoop on who’s getting the VP nod.
As Mitt Romney’s campaign introduced Paul Ryan to the country, the @PaulRyanVP twitter account already existed. The account was created on August 2, nine days before the announcement. Two other accounts were created on the same day: @MarcoRubioVP and @TimPawlentyVP.
Rubio was considered a strong possibility for much of the campaign season and though there were rumors he was off the shortlist, the existence of the account may point to him being more seriously considered up until the end.
It’s also possible that the accounts were created so the media wouldn’t catch wind of the @PaulRyanVP account early, but as AdWeek notes, there were no BobbyJindalVP or ChrisChristieVP accounts out there floating in the Twitterverse.
In the end, the issue will merely stay in the realm of speculation, as Rubio has already come out in support of the Ryan pick.
“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice,” Rubio said, adding that Ryan supported his Senate candidacy early on when he was still a long shot.
“I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”