Romney: Santorum a VP possibility
April 11th, 2012
09:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Santorum a VP possibility

Warwick, Rhode Island (CNN) – A day after Rick Santorum exited the GOP presidential race, likely nominee Mitt Romney said his former rival would make his list of vice presidential possibilities – but clarified there is not yet any list on which to be.

At a town hall in Warwick, Rhode Island, a man asked Romney if – given Santorum's Wednesday decision to suspend his campaign – Romney would "consider him as a vice presidential candidate."

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"I've said this before," Romney said. "If any of the people I ran against happened to become the nominee, I would have endorsed them and supported them for president. So of course they'd be on that list - and he, among others."

Romney did make clear, however, that his campaign does not have a list of vice presidential picks.

"I don't have a list, yet," Romney said. "So I can't say someone is on or off my list."

Santorum has not backed Romney, though aides to the former senator said the two men plan to meet soon for a discussion.

The veepstakes has become a hot topic on the trail since Santorum announced he was leaving the race. Romney was asked about his shortlist on Wednesday at a town hall in Delaware.

"A lot of these decision about the campaign going forward we'll, we'll be thinking about that and making a number of decisions," he said, but cautioned the decision would not come soon: "When I say thinking about it, process – not individual names. I don't want to get started too quickly here."

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Lee

    Mitt Rmoney will lie and pander to no end...... There's not a chance he's pick Santorum for VP..... If anything, he'd pick him for the Supreme Court instead, as if that institution needed further politicizing.... That would get Santorum out of the way though and make the religious right very happy.

    April 12, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. CaliforniaBC

    Oh yeah, PLEASE put Santorum on the ticket. It will make Obama's ride back to the White House SOOOOoooooo much easier and we can all get on with fixing the country without GOP obstructionism.

    April 12, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  3. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Makes sense in a perverse sort of way. The only way Romney can get some of Saint Orem's more rabid supporters would be to include him on the ticket.

    Also the groups discriminated against by one candidates religion might be accepted by the other candidates religion. The only problem is thaqt both religions only accept women as second class humans. Neither one will allow women to be leaders in their own church.

    April 12, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Ricky Santorum made a deal to drop out with Mitt McCain. It was the least he could do since his nutjob anti women comments dog Mitt to this day and his home state scared him to death.

    April 12, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that is really going to happen given all the problems Santorum had while running on his own.

    April 12, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  6. Craig Mellor

    I am a conservatie Republican and no, no, no.............no Rick Santorum. He would be the end of the GOP in their attempt to oust Barack Obama in November. Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio would be the best equipped candidates to run as Mitt Romney's running mate!

    April 12, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. Blindersoff

    beware the ides of march . . . going to get popcorn, be right back!

    April 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. Just Say No to Flipper

    Mr. Frothy and Mr. Gingrich are still negotiating the price for their endorsement. Given how unappealing Rmoney and his campaign are, they will probably hold out for big bucks.

    April 12, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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