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

Romney laughs off questions of VP potential


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. not important

    Can Romney say nuclear? Bush allways says nucular. LOL

    July 16, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Typical White person for Obama

    Hey God is a Conservative – how do you sleep at night? I bet you think Rush is god don't you? Got your bible in your nightstand? Gun hanging on the wall? Spittin tobacco in a can? When you look at your self in the mirror, who do you really see? A hate filled monster? Cause that's just what you sound like. Thankfully there is a God who is love, pure love or I would say a few things that may not be nice.

    July 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Danh

    Romney has the powerful look of a heavy-weighted presidential candidate . He should have been a republican nominee. This is a big mistake for the Republican party.

    July 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Ted van Tol

    Months ago I predict that Barack would be the dem. candidate!
    And Hillary endorsed him.
    Monts ago I said the time would come that McCaine will endorse Obama because he is a much better candidate.
    And look what happens now!!

    Europe for Obama!

    July 16, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. whiner

    i love how the bush administration is all of a sudden implementing obama's foreign policy ideas,so they can take credit for them before the election.like that will earn back our votes for mccain.lmao!

    July 16, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Obama the vote

    Romney is a big joke.... Actually it doesn't matter who Mcshame picks coz he himself is a joke.. lol.... 🙂

    July 16, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Obama the vote

    McBush should pick Obama....... To be the PRESIDENT! 😛

    July 16, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. JohnBoy

    How about some debates.

    Let Obama and McCain have at it.

    No restrictions on questions, not let my the media.

    Lets see if empty suite can make it.

    McCain 08

    July 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. rachel

    wow, I am reading these comments and thinking to myself, what's the average age... 15... everyone sounds so whiney and immature.

    Romney is smart, hard working, patriotic, a good family man, multi lingual, extremely well educated... Palin is a wonderful Gov. but look at her education credentials in comparion to Romney...

    He has multiple advanced degrees... he is talented in many areas that can help our country, especially in the economic sectors.

    July 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. prince

    From 2000 to 2006

    Under which party and president did 9/11 happen?

    Under which party and president did we invaded Afganistan and missed Osama Bin Laden?

    Under which party and president did America lost it credibility and respect all over the world since 1777?

    Under which party and president did our leaders look straight in the camera and lie even when they are called christian conservatives?

    Under which party and president did we see so much political victimization, political manipulation, highten hypocricy, and adsolute disappearance of honest leadership from Washington while so called conservatives kept quite and followed like lost sheep in the wilderness?

    Under which party and president did we lied to the American people, and invaded Iraq, wasted tax payers money to provide business to our cronnies and corporate America, while destroying the social fabric of Iraq?

    Under which party and president did Iran become strong and embolden?

    Under which party and president did the rich who did not need it, and did not ask for it got a tax cut, and double our national debt that took over 200years to accrue?

    July 16, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. McNothing and Mc Nomrom = Nearing the end of an erosion cycle

    Oh McLame pick Mc Romney for VP and you can slide into the muddy slew togather ./

    July 16, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Griff

    Little Girl! With a Sweet Adorable, Old Man... Away to go George...

    July 16, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Brian

    Obama hates America, plain and simple. He is an elitist liberal and that's not going to fly well with the common sense, hard-working American come November. Romney is certainly not my first choice (that was Huckabee), but at least he has a head on his shoulders.

    Anybody but Obama '08

    July 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. McNothing and Mc Nomrom

    Hey JohnBoy
    Obama sure dont have an empty suit but McLame certainly has a hallow head

    July 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Jose Card - Independent

    McCain/Romney would be a fine ticket, but Senator McCain has to do the picking. As long as he doesn't pick Huckabee, I may vote for him. I am undecided.

    July 16, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. AA

    Mitt Romney is not hurting in the current economy and can surely afford gas, do you trust him to care about people with less money than him who are suffering. NOT AT ALL. He is an arrogant rich man who likes to brag about his billions.

    July 16, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. DJ, LA, CA

    Nuclear disarmament talks are liberal and communist. Mitt is an idiot.

    July 16, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Ann

    I am not sure if these comments are submitted by very immature people or if ALL Democrats are nasty and foul-mouthed.

    July 16, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Mitt is wishfully thinking and wishfully praying.
    But so is mccain and the republican party.

    This time I believe 'God' is going to say NO!

    July 16, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. John in FL

    Hey, Cluck, cluck, cluck...both of McCain's sons are in the military.

    This is one that you cannot lay on McCain like you lay on Bush.

    July 16, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Mauri

    If somebody doesn't do something to turn this economy around, bad things are going to happen to this country and our way of life. As in the '92 race when the motto was "It's the economy, stupid," so that's where we are today. Never mind Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan - we can take care of those. So to concentrate on the economy, we must ask ourselves who, on the horizon, is experienced enough to get us out of this mess? Look at the candidates. Neither knows anything about it, so they must look to a running mate for that expertise. Look first at Obama and his choices. Slim pickings, I say. On the other hand, there's McCain and Mitt, the expert economist, who can put his monetary and financial experience and successes where his mouth is. Need we say more?

    July 16, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Romney supports the Bush, Cheney, McCain war, he , and his sons should get their rearends over there now. The republicans wanted this nightmare, let them serve. The chicken hawks are many. Once he wins the war he can come back, and run for president again.

    July 16, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. California Gold

    I'm certain Mr. Romney brings a lot to the table. This could enhance the McCain health care platform. Between the VP Romney and wife Cindy, it's a cinch McCain would be in favor of insurance covering Botox treatments, face lifts and implants plus Viagra.

    July 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Bill, from Ma.

    Romney is another republican chicken hawk. He, and his healthy sons could do much more for their country fighting the Bush, Cheney, McCain, Kyle, McConnell republican war. Go for it. We've had enough of him. How many masochistic voters are still supporting these republican clowns?

    July 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "Obama hates America, plain and simple. He is an elitist liberal and that's not going to fly well with the common sense, hard-working American come November."

    BRIAN, you are spending way too much time watching FOX and listening to rush, which is evident by all the WRONG statements you made!!! try changing the channel and switching to a new station every once in a while.

    it's hilarious, you non-thinkers give yourselves away immediately, with your completely stupid comments!

    July 16, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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