April 6th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
3 years ago

West open to VP possibility

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida would consider joining the ticket with the Republican nominee this fall if asked, the congressman said Friday.

"(My family) has always stepped up to the plate to serve our country, and if it's the right thing, then I will do so. But I really doubt that would ever happen," West said on CNN's "Newsroom."

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The idea of a Romney-West ticket was floated earlier this week by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Her sentiments were echoed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has repeatedly shot down the idea of being a 2012 runningmate, herself.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Allen West • Florida
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. joi Gibson

    Oh please! The man's temperament is horrendous. He lacks civility. He is just plain rude. If Romney has any sense, he will steer clear of Alan West. OMG, how frightening.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    April 6, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Allen West as VP? Now that's a good joke. That guy has been smoking some strong stuff if he finds himself anywhere near dreaming about a VP position. He is so bad that Sarah Palin, who wouldn't stand a chance against Obama, would easily beat out West.

    April 6, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good choice, $arah! Keep being that "thorn" in the Democrats side.

    (Ought to help Mitt out tremedously.)

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 6, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. hillwilliam

    I believe Alan West or Herman Cain either one would make an excellant VP or PRESIDENT,Obamas race card would be destroyed.Either one could pass for ELLIOT NESS and clean up these Chicago HOODLums.

    April 6, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Moderate Sean

    Joi Gibson – Well stated, I couldn't of put it any better myself! West is an arrogant clown that has no business in political life, particularly the way he handled himself in Iraq and has handled himself in Congress.

    April 6, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Ilya

    @kimberly, you are the purrrrrffffffeeeeect example of a democrat voter. I will attempt your education. Obama was a 1 term senator before becoming president, and he spent more than half that time campaigning for president. Try looking up a fact before you embarass yourself more than the ordinary democrat voters on here do.

    April 6, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    Another Great Black Hope for the Repubs – Where's Cain? I guess Sarah wants to continue to prove that their Blacks are better than our Blacks!!! Alan will destroy what little the candidates have is he is added to the ticket. Well, I guess maybe that's a good thing!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 6, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    The guy is not even going to win re-election in his own puny district and he thinks he can win on the national stage?

    April 6, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. hillwilliam

    joi Gibson,
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha that's funny.

    April 6, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Wise1Speak

    HOPEFULLY, THIS TIME THE GOP WILL DO A REAL CAVITY CHECK BEFORE SELECTING A VP CANDIDATE

    When McCain ran in 2008, he did not do a quality background check on Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party and the nation has paid a nasty price for McCain's recklessness.

    If Romney does a decent job of vetting Allen West, he will learn that West is a hot-head who spouts off divisive statements. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, Romney will learn that West was charged, fined, and forced out of the military because of his refusal to acknowledge his reckless handling of prisoners in Taji, Iraq.

    April 6, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snooki Palin,a loose cannon picks another teabagger loose cannon to kill the GOBP like she did in 2008. Priceless

    April 6, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Tony Z

    Please pick him. I see another Game Change book coming. I thought the Repbulicans learned after the Sarah Palin fiasco. Not remotely qualified.

    April 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. HenryB

    Hahahahahaha. No wonder this idea was floated by Sarah Palin. Made the guy do some self-gratification I am sure.

    April 6, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Oh please!!! This guys even crazier and less informed than little Ricky!! He's not even as good of a choice as Half Gov. Palin, and that's saying something. But then again if Mittens really wants to insure his loss, maybe even bigger than Goldwater, then by all means, name West as you VP. There seems to be no end to the GOP clown car.

    April 6, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Of course since he had his men beat an Iraqi policemen and then fired his gun in the direction of his head, that goes along well the GOP's idea of interrogation. I am still waiting for Dick Cheney to be waterboarded and then have him say it isn't torture.

    April 6, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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