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."

Watch: Romney promotes McCain

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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  1. Retired Vet For McCain

    AWESOME GO MIT.....HE WILL SAVE THE ECONOMY THE MAN IS A "ECONOMICS GENIUS" THEY WILL MAKE A GREAT PAIR.

    ALL THE ISSUES WILL BE COVERED ECONOMY AND SECURITY. THE DEMOCRAPS HAVENT COVERED EITHER ONE YET....OH WAIT IS OBAMA REFERING TO "CHANGE" AS CHANGE IN OUR POCKETS REFERRING TO THE ECONOMY.

    DEMOCRAPS NO HOPE AND ONLY CHANGE REMAINING IN YOUR POCKET. GOOD SLOGAN

    July 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Jeff, Dallas TX

    Awesome...
    I can't wait for Romney to come back and resume his singing of "Who let the dogs out..."

    Woo...Woo.

    July 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. KC

    GOD Help America if the unknown, inexperienced Barack Hussein Obama is elected by change-for-change-sake sheep.

    - Ask questions
    Here are 13 facts about Barack Hussein Obama that everyone should research on their own:

    1) Islamic father.
    2) Islamic step-father who sent him to Islamic schools.
    3) Admitted marijuana and cocaine user.
    4) Admitted friend to weathermen underground domestic terrorists.
    5) Opposed bill in Illinois outlawing live birth abortions.
    6) Traveled to Kenya in 2006 and supported a fundamental Islamic candidate for that country.
    7) Has a preacher whom, he will not separate from who has given a life-time achievement award to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farakahn.
    8) Has been endorsed for President by Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan.
    9) Rated most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2006 and 2007.
    10) Would precipitously and immediately withdraw our troops from Iraq, snatching victory in exchange for defeat.
    11) Would pick extremely liberal activist judges for the Supreme Court.
    12) Believes wearing an American Flag on his lapel is "false" patriotism.
    13) Would negotiate, without condition, with the most vile terrorist leaders in the world.

    July 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Hurting me bad !!

    JanFrom Boca :

    I, now, do not trust ANY republicans for economy. We cannot blame Bush wholly for the economy. He does not run day to day activities. The whole bunch of people incharge is ruining the economy.
    McCain does not bring any change.

    July 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. t3w5

    only a test to check your comment system

    July 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Bill in Illinois

    Even though I have a lot of respect for Romney my fear is that should the repubs gain office in November it will result in "more of the same" and I agree with Obama that it is time for change. What we are doing now isn't working and the problem is not going to be resolved by the folks who have put us in this position. I don't believe that it matters who they pick to run for veep.

    I think that most people in America want to see things turn around and nothing makes me believe that the republicans ar going to do anything other than stay with the same failed policies that the Bush administration believes are working.

    July 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. smile!!!

    "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."

    Compliment for Mitt?....that´s an insult!

    As for Jan From Boca Raton, Fl: Do you know what the spanish translation where you live means? Rat´s mouth any similarities?

    About the SMIRK: it won it for w, NOT this time

    July 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. MikeH

    I wonder if Romney has the skills to personally inspect McCains 'Bearings" as well as Joe Lieberman has? I mean can he tell when McCain has lost them or not?

    July 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. The Surly Scholar

    Oh yes. PLEASE pick Romney as your VP. An out of touch multi-millionaire with a controversial religion? You could not be doing the democrats a bigger favor.

    Do it. Pick Romney. PLEASE pick Romney. Come on John, you old goat. You know you want to.

    July 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Philly Abe

    Wow, John. Cutting right into him...

    "He does a better job for me than he did for himself, as a matter of fact."

    July 15, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    I AM A VOTER AND HAVE NEVER BEEN TO IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.

    LIKE MOST VOTERS EVEN I CAN SEE IT IS OBVIOUS THE HUGE MISTAKE WE MADE INVADING IRAQ.

    THERE WAS NO EXCUSE. THERE WERE NO WEAPONS. WE HAVE NO PURPOSE THERE NOW UNLESS IT IS THE WRONG PURPOSE SUCH AS OIL!

    HELLO AMERICA? HAVE YOU FALLEN ASLEEP AGAIN?

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BS.

    WE NEED TO END THIS CATASTROPHY

    YOU KNOW THIS AS WELL AS I DO

    July 15, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. N Kannan

    Mitt Romney's *REAL* Mormonism will be a good balance to Obama's *ALLEGED* Islam when it comes to the election. I hope McCain picks Romney. It will help Obama a lot!

    The central part of the country may be just as uncomfortable with Mormonism as they are with Islam!

    OBAMA08!

    July 15, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. David

    McCain needs a governor as VP and not another senator. He needs someone with a more economic background. I kind of figured it could be Romney or Crist. Of course the choice is not really McCain's. The VP was probably already chosen at the Bilderberg's meeting in Chantilly, VA. All these candidates left are bought and paid for. The one's that aren't were already written off (Paul, Nader, Barr, Kucinich) and called hacks. Main stream media is the tool that influences this two-party system lie and continues us down the chosen path.

    July 15, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Obama Supporter

    Mitt Romney would be the second best reason for republicans to vote for Bob Barr.

    GO-Bama!

    July 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Bulldog

    Please pick Romney. He would be a joy to have as the Repulican VP nominee. Please oh please.

    July 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Ian

    I thought if you were conservative it meant you only had one wife?

    July 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Independent Colorado

    Mitt Romney should just sit this one out because his magical Morman underwear won't help his nasty attitude. I think this guy is really creepy- and the worst kind of creepy. How can you smile like a queen in someone's face while saying something harsh to them? I don't like this.

    July 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. DC, SD

    McCain guarantees his loss if he is serious about Romney. Do it John!

    July 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. carrie hussein obama

    are these 2 guys serious?
    ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. McCain=the draft

    Truth is, they can't stand each other!
    What a great team that would be.

    July 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Abe Froman - Chicago

    Don't go with Mitt.

    Please do not appease the conservatives. We need someone who can stradle both sides of the fence.

    We need someone like Jerry Ford again. Someone who can heal us and help us.

    July 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Nathan

    Romney should have gotten the GOP nod in the first place. I don't think any of this will matter because Obama will win, but Romney was the one person who understands the economy enough and is ethical enough to make this work. He's just not charismatic.

    Look for socialism with Obama. It's a huge mistake. I know, I've spent considerable time living in a socialist country.

    July 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. JOE INDEPENDENT

    Picking Mitt looks like a done deal? I'd say 99.99999% that he's McShames pick!

    July 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. MillionMan

    "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've never heard a more ignorant statement from a supposedly college-educated man! Please!

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. NOBAMA, PA Voter

    I'm so glad Mitt Romney is considering the VP position.
    We are lucky that such a successful businessman would even be interested. It's people like him who can help fix the economy with real solutions.

    Honestly I don't think Obama has real solutions for the economy. And he certainly has no proven experience. While I do like Obama as part of our govenment and he speaks eloquently, the right choice in November is McCain/Romney.

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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