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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  1. AC

    If Clinton is not on the Obama ticket and Romney is on the McCain ticket, my choice will be for McCain, because Romney has a strong economic background (my biggest McCain concern).
    Also, I find it intriguing that Romney was Governer of a Blue/liberal state, quite interesting for a Mormon Republican.

    I encourage Obama to pick whoever he feels is the best compliment to his candidacy and potential Administration.
    It is his choice.
    And the voters have theirs.
    If Obama picks someone with a far left agenda, I cannot vote the Democratic ticket I have supported for over ten years now.

    You can call it poor sportsmanship if you want. But Country before Party, and Good Sense before Hollyweird.

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Michael G- Ventura ca

    I think that Mitt will be the VP choice for McCain- It may bring some of the right into the picture, but for most of us, it's another great reason to vote Obama!

    July 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. mike the jurist

    The liberal reaction is so predictable; try to rub dirt on or discredit anyone who doesn't support their liberal agenda. The same agenda that's telling everyone to be more tolerable of the religious extremists infiltrating our society, while they erode our families with rampant pornography and a culture of "Whatever feels good, is good."

    We need another strong leader like Romney, who recognizes the real threats to our society for what they are, penetrates the methods of the left, and brings the most respectable economic credentials to the table yet.

    I see this as a solid team, and moving McCain further to the RIght, which is really where he needs to go, not more to the left.

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Dobby

    Romney would make a great President. McCain really should pick him as VP. It almost guarantees a win in Michigan. Plus it will help him in states like Nevada and Colorado. Fiscal conservatives will be energized. Mormons will raise lots of much needed money for the McCain campaign. Romney is the smartest politician out there in either party. He'll do what's right for the country. He hasn't been corrupted by the lobbyists in Washington. I'm hoping for a Romney / Jindal ticket in 2012 after McCain retires from 1 term.

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Looks like Barack Obama isn't doing as bad as Hillary and her supporters had hoped, wanting everyone to believe that Obama was doomed without dear old Hillary. Well apparently Obama doesn't need her.

    "A new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain nationally by nine points, 50%-41%. Per a release, “Independent voters split 44%-44%… Sen. McCain has a slight 47%-44% edge among men voters and a larger 49%-42% lead among white voters. But black voters back Sen. Obama 94%-1%, while women support him 55%-36%. Obama leads 63-%-31% percent among voters 18 to 34 years old and 48%-44% among voters 35 to 54, while voters over 55 split with 45% for McCain and 44% for Obama.”

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. John

    Nat you are 50% correct, Huckabee is better. However, he is better than both men combined.

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Frank

    I think Romney would be more than an effective Vice President. He will go out of his way to make our Government work for the people. This would be a team you can trust!!

    July 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. McCain 08

    Romney would make a good VP choice for McCain.

    I believe that McCain will do very good come fall. Many people will be surprised I believe.
    People are starting to see thru Obama. He seems to have no real hard core values. Obama is a flip flopper on most issues. He makes Kerry look like a man with true convictions.

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Ex-Democratic Voter

    Another good reason to vote Republican this year!
    At least Romney is proud to be an American.

    Let Obama go back to Europe or Indonesia or wherever he calls home.

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Cynthia

    He praises him now but wait until he says something stupid like Gramm

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. dr.no

    mitt is a moron.

    July 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. richard

    i dont think either cantitadate has answered the concerns of america . THEY JUST SKIRT THE MAJOR ISSUES BUT TELL YOU NOTHING DEFINATIVE there is an indivudal who has stated many times the probled in washington AND WHY NOTHING GET ACCOMPLISHED HE SHOULD RUN (ACE VENTURA) HE IS HONEST AND TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. IT TIME AMERICANS START THINKING WHO CAN DO THE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY. VOTERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ALL INDEPENDENTS. THIS WOULD DELIVER A MESSAGE TO THE PRESENT POLITICAL OFFICALS. WE NEED TO TAKE BACK AMERICA AND THAT WILL CALL FOR EXTREME MEASURES. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THEM I HAVE MANY MORE

    July 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Safety & Comfort

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BARACK

    BLAH BLAH BLAH THE IRAQ WAR

    BLAH BLAH BLAH LIBERALS ARE GREAT!!!

    This is what I see when a close minded liberal posts.

    July 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. wally

    I notice that some people have nothing good to say,...so let me add to the negativity. Republican politicians (normally) keep your hard earned dollar in your pocket while Democrats take it. So the question is, do you want to keep your wages or do you wish to give it away to more government jobs?

    July 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Obama-Junkie, IL

    McCain's statement is an underhanded slam against Romney, but Romney is too much of a used car salesman-type (smiling and nodding to sell himself) to comment negatively on McCain's statement. Any Republican who is considered McCain's VP is excited by the idea of McCain being too old to go beyond one term if he were to win leaving the Republican VP free to run 3 to 4 years later.

    July 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Jay in DC

    Why can't you people be respectful? I check these forums from time to time and more than not I see supporters of Obama, the "transcendent candidate," spewing garbage and attacking McCain in ways that have nothing to do with politics. Saying things like "I don't want this viper anywhere near my White House. McLame deserves a snake for a running mate. They will not win. Romney is as plastic as McLame's trophy wife," makes you sound like a moron. Stick to the issues.. we're all Americans and should (I hope) all be working to better our nation. Please stop being so divisive and nasty... all it does is make you sound ignorant

    July 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. laughing at Surley Scholar

    To the Surley Scholar,

    Yo do not want to bring up CONTROVERSIAL RELIGION! It seems like to me that Obama does not want to talk religion in this campaign. His religion of 20 years preaches hatred of white people.
    That is a far cry from the love and forgiveness that most religions teach!

    July 15, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Alberto, Seattle

    If Obama picks Edwards, as many think he will, then the McCain-Romney ticket is so much better. Romney has the guts to make difficult and complex decisions that may not be popular with everyone but the key is he has the guts to go with it. Obama-Edwards sounds so much like Clinton-Gore it's scary!

    July 15, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Katie

    I'd prefer Pawlenty... but either way, the McCain ticket is far superior to whatever Osama comes up with.

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    romney another one to run this country in the ground i just got done watching senator obamas speech and i just got done donating more money and it doesnt stop there i will be doing everything in my power and in my state of pa too see that man becomes president of the united states

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Elizabeth

    No matter who McCain chooses as VP, I just hope the American people will not be stupid and vote for him!

    July 15, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. BILL

    Pick Romney, please. Guess they are worried about taking Utah. Considering his strategists, why not take Gramm and stop whining?

    July 15, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Nathan from California

    Whats wrong with americans knowing multiple languages? Why is that so anti American?

    July 15, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. jthoms

    I would love to see someone new as the VP instead of the usual "don't get it done" guys. GO MITT!

    July 15, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Wisconsin

    ...

    Hay they could use this for the campaign

    McCain / Romney

    Screwing America for the Rich

    OR

    We're not telling what to worship but it better be money

    July 15, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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