July 16th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
3 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.”

Election Center: Who's on McCain's VP list?

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. John Agree With Barack

    Thanks John for finally coming to your senses and following Obama's lead on Afghanistan. Better late than never, huh John.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. what?

    Romney is good...if he were the GOP nominee we might have had a little trouble... RNC must know they have made a HUGE mistake having John NOT Rom as their candidate.
    he is quick, smart, and knows what he is talking about...UNLIKE McCain who is all over the place and no where at all at the same time.
    from Afgan to Viagra, from Off shore to Czech from Iraq to his own campaign from GI Bill to knowing "little" about the economy poor John seems like a small child lost in the storm.
    the only thing John seems to have going for him is the fact that he was able to loose 6 planes and was captured as a POW ( where he gave up a little military info to the enemy) 40 years ago. that's not the experience we can believe in...GOP dropped the ball on this one too.

    July 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Had Enough in PA

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

    ...like what we've had for the past seven and a half years.

    July 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Romney Hates Americans

    He doesn't know very much about the world, except his Mormon world. A world that keeps others out. No, I need a president who isn't afraid of people–such as American people.

    July 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Vets for Obama

    Woo hoo another rich guy for tax cuts. Too bad those cuts hurt our economy.

    These guys tax brackets provide loopholes so they pay even less anyway. Rollback the tax cuts. Trickle down does not work.

    I wonder if Romney supports the "less jobs, borrow $ for more wars" philosophy too. Good luck with that in Nov.

    July 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Cluck, cluck, cluck

    Okay, so is he ready to sign his boys up for either war Iraq or Afghanistan–either one John, we're waiting. You chicken-hawk.

    July 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Keith, GA

    Without Mitt Romney my vote is going to Bob Barr.

    July 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. As Plastic As Cindy

    Please pick this guy as your VP John-we really want Romney.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. That Crack You Hear Is Mitt's Hair Breaking

    No Mitt, don't go away, be John's VP, we're waiting for you. Bring it on.

    July 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. JJ

    Watch McCain picks Lieberman and claims this will show bipartianship! LOL!

    July 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Billy

    I heard Romney is Mormon. Is this true?

    How can I expect him to have the same values as me if he is?

    July 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Rob

    I never heard about Sarah Palin, have to check her out. thanks for the info in here

    Rob from NC

    July 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. what?

    oh...some of you might get sarcasm like you got satire...

    July 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Dave from Canada

    Doesn't the GOP have any suitable candidates to contest this election?

    July 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Nathaniel Niles

    Romney would be a great VP-look at what he could do for the economy–he is a billiionaire–but Obama is the savior of the world and the democratic party, that man hasn't done crap–liberal left wing politician. Visit the troops fighting for our freedom before you meet with the world's dictators. And Romney has a more realistic knowledge of the gas crisis and economic crisis, that SOCIALISM, what an easy way out-Barack–what a leftist joke, smooth talker but complete policy idiot. And the mainstream Christian comment–I can tell you are uneducated, do alittle more research on Mormons and Obama before you open your liberal mouth, it's really easy on a device called the internet–Please–Romney for VP!!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Zac B

    PUMA GO HOME

    July 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican for Obama

    The hypocracy if this dolt astounds me.

    Here he is campaigning for the most senile person in america and then has the gall to accuse Obama of placing the needs of his Party before the nation? You have to be kidding, Romney is obviously as worthless as McCain and Bush. The GOP really needs to find some honest politicians for a change, their lies are becoming paramount.

    Supporting a candidate that has committed treason against the USA (John McCain was no war hero, he served inhonorably as an American Officer) is ANTI-American in itself. Quit being a tool Romney, I expected more of you.

    July 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Capt, Smash Salt Lake City, Utah

    McWar has a hard time with Mo, Mo's.

    July 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Anne E.

    Perfect GOP presidential ticket: one's old, the other's plastic.

    July 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. HillaryClinton4BarackObama

    The old man probably forgot he has to pick a running mate before the convention in September. At this rate he might forget he is even running for office by the time November comes around. We need a man/woman of action, not someone willing to just continue a set of failed policies ...

    Obama '08

    July 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. DJ, LA, CA

    Romney is an elitist jerk. I really do not think he and McCain would get along. They had some pretty brutal arguments in the debates.

    July 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Proud American

    I really am not sure who the best choice for VP is for either candidate (I do not envy that decision), but I am tired of the nasty, hateful, personal attacks against all of the candidates. I really do not understand why all of these people (mostly Obama and Huckabee supporters) hate Romney so much. Take some deep breaths . . . and get some therapy.

    Lets stick to the real issues (i.e. the economy, the war in Iraq, energy independence, illegal immigration, health care etc . . .).

    I will admit that the entire race could change directions based on who each candidate picks as their VP.

    July 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Fair and Balanced

    Yes, Romney has flip flopped on one issue abortion.

    Obama has flipped flopped on more issues than anyone who started out in the initial race for the presidency. These include his foreign policy, his economic plans, which church he belongs to, and the most hilarious to me, if or if not he should wear a pin of the United States flag on his jacket.

    Do we really want a guy in office who gets confused about his religious belief and what accessories he should wear when he wakes up in the morning?

    July 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Nathaniel Niles

    Romney would be a great VP-look at what he could do for the economy–he is a billiionaire–but Obama is the savior of the world and the democratic party, that man hasn't done crap–liberal left wing politician. Visit the troops fighting for our freedom before you meet with the world's dictators. And Romney has a more realistic knowledge of the gas crisis and economic crisis, than–SOCIALISM, what an easy way out-, and it will not work–never has–Barack–what a leftist joke, smooth talker but complete domestic and foreign policy idiot. And the mainstream Christian comment about Mormons–I can tell you are uneducated, do alittle more research on Mormons and Obama before you open your liberal mouth, it's really easy on a device called the internet–Please–Romney for VP!!!!!! Get the Democrats out and get something DONE!

    July 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Garrett J.

    Oh God! If Romney becomes McCain's VP choice, I'll either vote for Bob Barr or just stay home! I don't trust Romney as far as I could throw him! The man is a pandering, flip-flopping phoney!

    July 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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