July 16th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney laughs off questions of VP potential

CNN 

Watch part of Romney's interview with Wolf Blitzer.

(CNN)—Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off questions about his vice presidential potential Wednesday.

“With regards to all the people that think I might be on some kind of shortlist, the only one that really counts in my regard is John McCain,” Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t think he’s told anybody what his thinking is.”

The former Massachusetts governor continued to downplay his chances of joining the GOP ticket. “I don’t want to engage in any speculation with regards to the VP sweepstakes,” he said. “I expect to support the administration and the McCain team. I don’t expect to be part of it.”

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In recent months, Romney has been a constant presence on the airwaves as a surrogate for John McCain’s campaign, often serving as a tough critic of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

“People recognize they need new leadership, strong leadership,” Romney told CNN last month. “Not somebody who is consistently putting himself and his party ahead of the interests of the nation.”

Earlier this week, McCain praised Romney’s support of his own presidential bid, adding fuel to the mounting VP speculation.

“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.”

On Wednesday, Romney agreed. “The campaigning I did for myself resulted in a loss,” Romney said, laughing. “I don’t want to hurt [McCain], I want to help him.”

Watch the full interview with Mitt Romney during The Situation Room 4pm E.T.


Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Forget Romney Mc Cain needs Sarah Palin. Her reform record in Alaska has given her the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country even state democrats like her bipartisan approaches.
    Women if you examine this woman and her record you would be proud to call her your vice president-Shes no Hillary but a fine woman and the best vp choice coming from this male voters opinion.

    July 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Kim

    I am glad Romney laughed it off. The voters laughed him off in the Primary also.

    July 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Michael Dukakis

    You are LYING .....

    July 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Mary

    You should have had subtitles for what Mitt was really saying. All you would have seen is, “I AM FLIP FLOP YES I AM, I AM FLIP FLOP YES I CAN, …….. who let the dogs out”

    McCain has lost his straight talk in this campaign. So why not add the KING of Flip Flopping!!

    Mitt the Flip Flopper Romney for VP!!!!

    Time to change you slogan McCain!

    July 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Paul, Tampa, FL

    He's the perfect choice. He is every bit as fake as McCain is awful.

    July 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Democrats Unite & Vote Big

    Don't know about the VP gig, but Romney has overtaken George Hamilton as the suntan poster boy. Up next, the gray temple king.

    July 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. eric

    I hope McCain does pick this guy. He's a bottomless source of stupid comments and fake tanning lotion. His fake and forced smiles are even more laughable than McCain himself. I can't wait for the reruns of the Republican debate in the Reagan Library to start if this guy gets chosen. Of course, McCain has shown anything but sound judgement during the course of this campaign and can't even get a simple decision, like whether its fair for insurance companies to pay for Viagra and not birth control, right, so I'm sure he'll blow this one and pick Romney. Ahhh, its good to be a Democrat. :)

    July 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. bill for barack

    Ya know,he's absolutely right. Mitt Romney is a joke – no matter whose party he joins.

    July 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain will not pick Romney. He is too envious of him.
    I am a democrat. I do not understand why the Republicans
    would select McCain over Romney for their nominee.
    Wait, yes I do, they picked Bush in 2000.

    July 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Billy Johnson

    Speaking of flip floppers, has anyone seen the recent moves by Bush and Co.? Obama has been saying he will talk to all other countries- now Bush has flipped and is sending someone to Iran!
    Obama has said we need to get out of Iraq and focus on Afghanistan- guess what? – read todays headlines, thats what they are going to do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    July 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Nice hair! Looks just like a game show host...

    July 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. chuck

    Mit needs to go away, he's always knocking Obama, and he's not in the race so he needs to sit down and shut up.

    July 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Griff

    You shouldn't Mr.... John has to win!!! First....Your Party has so much to offer, so much more than Borack Obama... You work as a Team.... And you win the chance to take, a country out of the Red, and into the Black.... They Black in America.... Ok! But... What do they really want???

    July 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. President McCain

    Sarah Palin for VP!

    July 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    O.K. CNN, where's the BREAKING NEWS HEADLINE:

    JOHN MCCAIN REFINES AFGHANISTAN PLAN (Oops! After hearing it from Mr. Obama)? Geez, talk about giving someone a free ride! Why isn't this the foreign policy "firestorm" for today? Probably because you are too busy removing your noses from his backside and calling McSame a "maverick" instead of the Great Pretender.

    July 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. NParry

    Romney should become a game-show host! He's too slick and too power-hungry, willilng to say anything for that legitimacy (read: not mainstream Christian) he so craves. It'd be a bad choice from Mr. McBush.

    July 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Adam

    McCain hasn't told anyone yet of what he's really thinking with this topic or any topic.

    July 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter from FL

    Every time they post a Mitt Romney article, people say really horrible stuff about Mormonism. I'm not a Mormon, but it would really be great if people could criticize Romney for something other than his religion. And frankly, there are MANY reasonable options for critique, like his stance on the issues...

    July 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I voted for Romney in the Primary, As foar as the Economy goes he beats the s*#t out of Barack and his democratic whinners when it comes to knowledge about the economy and bussiness. Obama and his posey are "Lawyers". They know as little about economics as a Navy Fighter Pilot. They only know how to tell "Lawyer Truth" and snow the public about how smart they are and that they know everything.

    July 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. McCain=the draft

    Oh no, the slick used car salesman is back, trying to sell you the old clunker!

    July 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. John

    Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc, you are very well full of it. You completely made that up buddy. In fact they do not like her that much in Alaska because she likes to give land to oil companies, do your hmwk buddy before you start talking about records. This is actually the tenth post that I have read from you with nothing but complete lies. Best record out of all governors? She is not even in the top ten. Google best records for governors and you will see the compiled list.

    July 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Do you think he's wearing his magic underwear?

    July 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Charkey

    BETTLEJUICE BETTLEJUICE BETTLEJUICE ............................................ AH CRAP HES STILL HERE

    OBAMA/POWELL 08

    AND YES THATS COLIN POWELL

    July 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Wisconsin

    ...

    Why are we not hearing about McWar's flip-flops in the middle east?

    Don't worry about Mitt he will change his mind in time for the next interview.

    July 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Romney Is A Pig

    He should laugh because he's a joke. I hope McCain selects him because I respect McCain, but I don't respect Romney. He sat in the Mormon church his entire life (more than twenty years), when their faith didn't allow blacks to join and thought they were subhuman. Obama supporters are ready for him...bring it on.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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