July 15th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain praises Romney's surrogate skills; VP stock rising?

Romney has said he is interested in being McCain's VP.
Romney has said he is interested in being McCain's VP.

(CNN) - Is Mitt Romney's VP stock rising?

John McCain's campaign has remained tight-lipped about its vice presidential vetting process, but the Arizona senator appeared to suggest Monday night his former rival would make a very effective running mate.

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"I'm appreciative every time I see Mitt on television on my behalf," McCain said at a fundraising event in New Mexico. "He does a better job for me than he did for himself, as a matter of fact."

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There's no denying the former Massachusetts governor is angling for the No. 2 position on the Republican presidential ticket. He said back in March he would be "honored" to take the position and has been a constant fixture on cable news shows over the last several months - vigorously promoting the Arizona senator's candidacy while sharply criticizing that of Obama.

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Just last week the onetime Republican presidential hopeful said Obama "looks toward Europe for a lot of his inspiration” after the Illinois senator suggested Americans would benefit from knowing more languages.

“I think John McCain is going to make sure that America stays America,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News.

Romney has long been considered a leading VP contender, despite engaging in a bruising and at times nasty primary fight with McCain. The economy has solidly become the dominant issue this election cycle and Romney, who founded the investment firm Bain Capital, brings a sterling business resume - particularly to a candidate who has admitted he lacks knowledge about economic matters. Romney is also a native of Michigan, and could given McCain the edge in that crucial battleground state that the Democrats won in 2004.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Bad choice. Pick someone not so slick and not so rich! I'm for Obama anyway!

    July 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Ricky

    Look at them, the two men who want to continue to make the dollar less than pesos.

    Be smart America, Barack the Vote.

    July 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. William, from Cali!

    I would not, had thought it; but it looks to me, that the Republicans are"positioning themselves", to "steal" this election from the DemocRATS!

    July 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Wisconsin

    ...

    So I guess its ok for Mormons to kill as long as they send someone else to do it.

    also what happened to all the reasons that Mitt said about McWar not being a good President?

    July 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. RT

    Look at them, the two men who want to continue to make the dollar less than a pesos.

    Be smart America, Barack the Vote.

    July 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Michele Bourque

    The only way I will vote for McCain is if Romney is on the ticket. We need someone who knows the monetary power structure and the rules and regulations so the Chief Executive isn't incompetent and incoherent. The foreign policy of money is what rules this country and the sooner people realize that the better. The International Monetary Fund and the EU are only two players; China and Russia could sink our Loveboat anytime they wanted...

    July 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Lois -VA

    We need Mitt Romney's experience........Obama is a joke......

    July 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Jon in WA

    Seems like McCain would be going the wrong direction on the political barometer if he were to go after Romney. Though it's dangerous for a candidate to be unable to mobilize his own base.

    July 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    Everyone knows that Romney is does not like or respect mccain, he's just waiting for him to croak, so he can take over.

    mcsenile, you need to watch your back if you pick this slimy character.

    July 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Doug

    Mitt Romney is all fluff. He's a salesman, nothing more. Now I have friends who are salesmen (or saleswomen) and I like them. But I always question their TOTAL truthfullness. Anyhow, just wait a few months...Romney will change his mind.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    July 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Bryan

    Ughh why do the Republicans always make it a point to appeal to ignorance?

    How could anyone with a brain possibly think learning more languages and earning the respect of the rest of the world would be a bad thing?

    I know Romeny's not a dumb guy, he's just another in a long line of Neocons who don't mind sounding like an idiot if will get them votes.

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Hillary got screwed

    Romney is absolutely the best choice, and would have made a better Presidential candidate to be truthful. McCain has my vote even if he picks Mickey Mouse for VP. However, Romney is an exellent choice and I feel confident in that ticket. Since nobody wants to be Obama's VP, and who can blame them, this is sweet justice for the way they stuck the screws to Hillary. I converted from twenty years as a Democrat to Independant because of this Obama fiasco. Superdelegates went against their states to push their agenda, not what the voters wanted. You Obama supporters are still too nasty and arrogant, and that will lead to your defeat in Novemebr. Oh yeah, and Howard Dean is an idiot running the DNC.

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. McCain Is Lame, and Romney Is Wrong

    Slime buckets, both of them. Our country is in the toilet, and they just want to make millionaires get richer.

    You've got to be stuck on stupid to vote for these guys.

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    Oh God Please let this man pick Romney as a VP...then watch the Republicans start looking for someone else to vote for. I guess you would always have the Green Party candidate!!

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. bibek

    The Republicans are not gonna win either way... so WHO CARES?

    Obama '08

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Dave Milwaukee, WI

    Thats a great campaign slogan...keeping America American! These guys and anyone who votes for these clowns are a joke.

    July 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. wow

    If those 2 get in we can continue this no-cause war as well as kiss women's rights and equal rights goodbye.

    July 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Whaaaaaaaaaaa

    Where is Phil Stop-Whining-America Gramm?

    July 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Not to mention his lovely talk show host demeanor and perfect hair, just like the Werewolf of London...

    July 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. McBush = Nearing the end of an erosion cycle

    Isnt the word COMMUNICATION INSTEAD OF WAR
    Why wouldn't America or for that matter any country benefit from knowing more languages?
    Romney saying Obama "Looks toward Europe for a lot of his inspiration" then addding he wants to make sure" America stays America ."
    English is Americas language so what does knowng other languages have to do with "America stays America "
    except to benefit in communication with other countrys .

    Romney couldn't loose his bearings as he never had them from the beginning .

    July 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. jean HUISSEIN (WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GREAT COUNTRY WE USED TO BE???)

    GM IS CUTTING JOB.

    WHY ARE WE SHIPPING OUR JOB TO OVERSEAS?
    WHY CAN'T WE COMPETE WITH EUROPEANS AND ASIANS?
    OUR COUNTRY IS GOING DOWNWARD

    AMERICAN AGAINST FREE TRADE AND WAR.

    BARACK HUISSEIN OBAMA 08 AND 12

    July 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Matt

    Hooray!

    McCain/Romney '08

    July 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Were NOT your friends!

    Romney and his magic moron underpants would be perfect!

    Obama '08 + '12

    July 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. PG

    McSame what about that viagra question? maybe hypocrite Romney might help you answer it. Oh wait, he is as ignorant as you.

    July 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Steve Green

    Perhaps Romney can whisper in his ear every time he makes a gaff!

    July 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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