Team Romney looking at women for running mate
July 5th, 2012
09:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney looking at women for running mate

(CNN) – As political chatter over Mitt Romney's choice for running mate gets louder, the presumptive GOP nominee's wife offered a new glimpse into the highly secretive process: the campaign, she said, is looking at women.

"We've been looking at that," Ann Romney said when asked in a CBS interview whether her husband should select a woman to join him on the GOP ticket. "I'd love that option as well. So, you know, there's a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.

Ann Romney's comments, which aired Thursday, came during a July 4th interview taped in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The Romneys, alongside New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, marched in the town's parade.

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Ayotte, the Granite State's junior senator, is one of several of female politicians that could be on Romney's vice presidential list. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have all been mentioned in the media as potential running mates for Romney.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has not been frequently discussed as a potential contender, left it up to the presumptive GOP nominee and his team to make a comment when asked about the process in an interview on CNN Monday.

"Well, that's something for the campaign to answer on," she said on "Piers Morgan Tonight." "That's not for me to make that decision, and that announcement."

Ann Romney said in the interview Wednesday she had a few names on the top of her list of potential running mates.

"I like to think that I have a few that I really like a lot," she said.

Speaking about Democrats aiming to re-elect President Barack Obama, Ann Romney lamented what she saw as a brutal tactic to take her husband down.

"I think early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney," Romney said.

The candidate's wife continued: "And I feel like that's not really a very good campaign policy. I feel like Mitt's got the answers to turn this country around. He's the one that's gotta bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time."


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Ted van Tol

    Try Palin or Bachman!

    Obama did it, jobgrowth on the rise!

    July 5, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Eddie The Barber

    The Romney's may be looking at a woman candidate for "their" VP pick (because of course this is "their time") but I'd bet a million to one (if I had Willard's money) that they won't pick one – it's all for show.

    July 5, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Go ahead. Like Palin or Bachmann. Try Ayotte, I dare you Willard. Do it. The thing is, women will look at where Willard's pick stands on women's issues. If they are against the Fair Pay or Ledbetter or in favor of legislating the uterus or other lady parts....a simple token will not work Willard.

    July 5, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Lionel

    Oh great. We left out Sarah Palin. Please pick her, it will be fun to watch.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    July 5, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. B

    Now, "team Romney looking at women for running mate". Translation, desperately looking for anyone to run with him.

    July 5, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Speaking about Democrats aiming to re-elect President Barack Obama, Ann Romney lamented what she saw as a brutal tactic to take her husband down.
    -----------------–
    Interesting observation she has made. When you consider that Sen. McConnell said the number one goal for congressional Republicans is to make Pres. Obama a one term president. All we have heard from Republicans is brutal personal attacks against this president. Brutal to the extreme of where they have disrespected the office. Interrupting speeches before Congress by shouting "You Lie!". Demanding his birth certificate, college transcripts, etc. Even her own husband is guilty of not refusing to denounce the actions of his colleagues and supporters acting on his behalf.

    July 5, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Puddin

    So Romnay and his Repub. cohorts think by choosing a woman for VP they will be forgiven for all their recent put-downs towards women? Not to worry, they won't be. Romney is so transparent, it disgusts me and most other women, I suspect.

    July 5, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Puddin

    So Romney and his Repub. cohorts think by choosing a woman for VP they will be forgiven for all their recent put-downs towards women? Not to worry, they won't be. Romney is so transparent, it disgusts me and most other women, I suspect.

    July 5, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    Why not pick Sarah Palin?!....she did just fine the last go round! LOL

    July 5, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. dog1

    OH Please Please Please Please choose Bachman. When it was revealed that she obtained a dual citizenship in Switzerland it became obvious that she's just like Romney. She's all ready to do the "Romney Shuffle". That's what he always does, take over a company, make the maximum profit possible and then let it and the people who work there be ruined as he moves as far away from it as he can. In this case the plan is to take over this country, by being elected, squeeze as much money out of wherever possible along with his hyper-rich friends, and then bolt to another country (hence the dual citizenship) and never give a thought to the poor, middle-class, and only semi-rich Americans that are left behind in a, now, failed country. I would be interested in knowing just how many of the very rich are carrying those dual citizenships and own homes in other countries.

    July 5, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    All of the women suggested are either flawed or lack experience. He's going to pull a McLame 2008 stunt and it's going to cost him.

    July 5, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Indy

    I feel like Mitt's got the answers to turn this country around. He's the one that's gotta bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time."

    Even Ann Romney thinks,feels,hopes,dreams that Mitt has some answers but he's not sharing them with anyone,he has a secret to magically revive the gobal economy.Real hope came with Obamacare,that was not a hopey,wishy,I think he can Romneyvision it was the President of the United States that brought real hope to everyone.Mitts only policy vision is to start wars and cut taxes and that has been tried to death with horrible results

    July 5, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. jim

    even if he picked GOD, i could not vote for him. he's shown time and time again that he is NOT for the common american.

    July 5, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Angel

    Where was Ann Romney's outrage when her husband's campaign "kill strategy" took down his republican opponents during the GOP primaries with a bombardment of negative attack ads?

    July 5, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. One time Rpublican

    Ahhh, team Romney, if this is true, it is a pretty sad attempt to bring back the female vote he alienated himself from. Although if he were to pick to a female running mate, I would say Nikki Haley, so he can get the lunatic Tea Party on board, seeing how they can barely tolerate the man. But I doubt he will go this rout. he won't have a repeat of McCain's disastrous decision back in 2008.

    July 5, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. MaryM

    Romney is losing the majority of the American women vote, Because of all the legislation against women in the RED states. Chosing a women for VP running mate will NOT help

    July 5, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Brainiac

    The GOP does not have a qualified woman. Any woman with the brains to be in politics is a Democrat. Mitt wants a Bachmann? Palin?

    July 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. 1twinsfan

    I'd like to suggest Lilly Ledbetter. Smart, tough, for women's rights and equality. Of course, Romney's campaign would have to google her to find out who she is...

    July 5, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. I wonder

    is it one of his other wives?

    July 5, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Indy

    It would be against Romneys religion to have a female VP,so is it possible this is just a pandering attempt because he is fast losing support of women who want healthcare for their children.

    July 5, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    pandering at it's worst.....an epic failure

    July 5, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Peace

    I don't buy what Ann Romney is saying. It is just only to confuse people. Romney said few weeks ago that it is only himself and one lady who is helping him to vet VPs, know the kind of the person they want.

    July 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    There are some quality intelligent Republicn women out there. Here is the problem, none of them woud be acceptable to the tea party who is running the show now. How far would Olympia Snowe get in the process? Pro Choice? No thank you. Face it GOP now that tthe ultra right wing has taken over your party any woman that you find acceptable to your base will not be acceptable to independent women.

    July 5, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. once upon a horse

    hey I hear Jan Brewer might be available.

    July 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. kierthos

    Honestly, for the sake of women in politics, if Romney picks a woman for the VP candidacy, please let him pick a competent one.

    July 5, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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