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. Howard, Pontiac Michigan

    Wake up people, Mitt is a man who thinks a womans place is in the home, and not the board room. Here is a man who grew up with Millions, made billions, and think that the "poor" make 100,000 a year. he is so out of touch with reality. Plus, as a Mormon, he belives, that he will be God of his own world. His religion belives that if you give away the "Secret" of the temple that your neck will be cut, your stomich will be cut out...He is a memeber of a cult, HELLO, LDS is a branch/break off of FLDS!

    July 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Inutah

    I work with adolescents and am always looking for role models for them. One of the most tiring challenges is trying to get many of them to clean up their language and to thoughtfully speak about issues they are angry about. I don't know much of anything about Mitt Romney's platform, but I cannot get beyond Mitt Romney using obscenities and yelling at people 20 minutes away from where I live during the Olympics in Utah. He is not a role model I would choose for this nation.

    July 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Hey KC – thanks those are even more reasons why i am voting for him!

    July 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. MB

    If Obama has to debate Romney on economics, he's screwed. Romney has forgotten more about economic policy than Obama will ever know.

    July 15, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Romney? A rich, privileged guy who bought companies, stripped them down, and shipped jobs overseas in order to pump up stock prices.

    Yeah, the Republicans really care about the people!

    Get real folks, McCain/Romney will be more of the same. Time for a change.

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. jthoms

    We live in a sad country where people so freely attack others religions.

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. SHAME

    ROMNEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED HE WILL BACK STAB MCCAIN BECAUSE ROMNEY IS MUCH MORE CAPABLE..........

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. JohnLee

    Birds of a feather flock together!

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    "Romney campaign's better for (McCain) than he did for himself as a matter of fact"

    Like a used car salesman selling his wares... All it takes is a short glance at him while he speaks to know that he's neither genuine or sincere.

    July 15, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Nathan

    Awesome. More religious bigotry from the extreme right and left.

    Some of you are so ignorant you can't even tell the difference between fundamentalist break offs from the mormon church and the mormon church itself, yet you promote one for the other and vice versa.

    It's scary how an enormus voting block in this country is made up of people who ignorantly support candidates as if they were sporting franchises.

    July 15, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Wisconsin

    ...

    Jay in DC: So you never see republicans doing the same thing? I noticed you forgot to talk about them.

    Honestly thats all the Republican leaders do so I don't see why their RepubliCult should not blindly follow them like they always do.

    July 15, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Mike

    I was hoping he would go for Huckabee and destroy any chance he had of getting elected. I guess McCain is going with a fellow flip-flopper.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. JB

    Romney would be a dream ticket. John McCain would be sure to win with Romney.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. rex

    What are you people talking about by saying this country is a sham?!?! You obviously were not spanked as a child and need to learn when to be quiet. You are an ungrateful little snot and will be treated like one. Things are not great, but they could be worse.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Car

    I think he will be McCain's running mate for sure. And yes, I will vote for them because Hillary got screwed. What goes around comes around DNC, Press, and NOBAMA.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. really? come on

    I love America, but what's so wrong with getting ideas and inspiration from Europe? I believe that you can fully remain individualistic while getting (good) ideas from others. We will stay America, because this IS America! If you all agreeing with Romney believe that we need to close ourselves off to those ideas from other countries that may better our lives just because they are not American, you are promoting a policy that is not only ignorant but dangerous and detrimental to our future. Wake up, open your minds and stop blindly following what they tell you to do and think.

    KC, get a clue.

    July 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. dr.no

    if a mormon becomes president,coffee and soda pop will be banned.but,we will be allowed more wives,so ,i'm not sure ?

    July 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. DR

    It amazes me how some Obama supporters proclaim the importance of civil liberties and racial/gender equality, and then bash people for their religious beliefs. Instead of feeling so good about yourselves for supporting a minority candidate, perhaps you should take a look in the mirror and see that you're still just as much of a biggot if you judge somebody solely for their religious beliefs. There are more important issues facing this country than the candidates' religion (that goes for the idiots continuing to claim Obama is a muslim as well).

    July 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Ken

    McCain is stroking Romneys ego, Guess who will be his VP?
    $100 on Romney, most qualified, McCain has perfect Commander in Chief experience, mixed with Romneys Corporate ecomonic experience this makes since to have the biggest war of the century led by a POW turned senator who the czechoslovakia still exists, and the guy who is great at getting corporation out of the red in the black, this is the combination that real hrd working american needs, columbia trade act with NAFTA, and WW3. Students look forward to working hard for a good retirement, because that is going to be the new American dream when these guy are finished, rich stay richer poor works them

    July 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Kay

    It baffles me the amount of anti-mormon comments that are permitted here; it baffles me more to see so many people in this country are so prejudiced. Sad really sad. I consider the candidates despite their age (young or old), relgion, or race.

    July 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. David

    please get off the man's religion or any biased books about it (agnes). are we so bigoted a country now? guess so. too bad for all those people that died many years ago to escape persecution and fought to set up a country that was free from such things. we just take a dump on their memory I suppose.

    July 15, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. CiCi

    I've sned email to McCan and I'll say it again here. IF YOU CHOOSE ROMNEY I WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU. I am a die hard republican but this man is nothing more than a bought and paid for Mormon smile. Get ready to have a large group of defectors. The man isn't real, he's all politics and show. We do NOT need him at all.

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Yes, please combine two out of touch, rich, white men to "help" the average man. One can't remember what country he's in while touting his foreign policy "experience" and the other can't remember the last time he had to pump his own gas or buy his own groceries.

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Retired Vet For McCain

    WHAT IS UP WITH ALL THESE MORONS MAKING THERE NAMES HUSSEIN? DO YOU ALL SIT IN YOUR BASEMENT IN YOUR UNDER WEAR AND THINK OF THESE THINGS........IS SUMMER BREAK NOT OVER WITH YET GET BACK TO SCHOOL SO YOU CAN GET A JOB AND ACTUALLT START PAYING TAXES WHICH THEN IF YOU MAKE A DECENT SALARY WILL CONVERT AND BE A REPUBLICAN

    IT SCARY 12 YEAR OLDS LIKE KIM "HUSSEIN"TAYLOR THINK THEY ARE STARTING A TREND EVEN MORE SCARY IS THEY GET TO VOTE

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Posn

    He has that look of just having plastic surgery. The expression never changes hmmmmmmmmmmm......................

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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