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. Will

    Pick Bachmann please oh please oh please....we need her and her wife ...err husband to complete the circus of Mormons and Catholics together for the GOP War on Women!

    July 5, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. cedar rapids

    "Investment Advisor @ Rudy...All I was insinuating was how ironic that a woman VP is being talked a bout with the media capitalizing this fake "WAR on Women" campaign. I was looking to see how the "left" was going to cover their tracks on that talking point IF a woman was chosen to be the VP running mate....no code here."

    You are talking about the wrong party covering their tracks there. If he picks a woman VP it will be because they want to try to then go 'see, no war on women, honest', same reason they picked Steele to try to show they weren't being racist in opposing Obama.

    July 5, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Jokesterer

    I'm looking at women too.

    July 5, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Lightfoot

    Romney is going to get Rudy Guiliani in a dress as VP

    July 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Gloria

    You'd think the GOP would learn...

    July 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Tony

    Ann Romney might make a better president than Mitt.

    July 5, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. JonnyCant

    Be careful here – could be the one who has to push the red button. No wimps NOR war mongers.

    July 5, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. NOVA703

    Bachmann isn't Catholic. She is some sort of Evangelical. An even better pick would be Palin. Please Mitt...pick Palin.

    July 5, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Al

    Ahhh the return of Sara Palin ;)

    July 5, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. pm Ohio

    Nice. It worked out so well four years ago. I am not against women being in power, it's just that the expected candidates are all similar to Michelle Bachman. No background, not enough experience. I like my mom, but I wouldn't trust her with running the country. I guess it does show that whomever the GOP puts up there, they aren't going to be pulling the strings anyway. The real masters (re: rich white men) will be doing that in any event.

    July 5, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Canuck

    @Fletc3her
    "Condi Rice is the clear winner on the list. She has foreign policy experience. Gives some continuity with the Bush presidency."

    LOL!! I think you need to read up on what Bush and Condi did to America when they were in power.

    July 5, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. giggity

    Palin, Bachman, Glenn Beck, plenty of geniuses to pick from

    July 5, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. pm Ohio

    @cedar rapids...Just because Newt picks a woman for VP, there is no correlation between that and the mysogenistic GOP's war on women, minorities and young people. The war on women issn't something they will admit, but when your Party comes down on the other side on every vote to help women out or not take thier rights away, or fund low income health care for single women, the results speak for themselves.

    July 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. allens

    will, i got a good laugh out of your response. i sat here thinking please, please, oh please. then saw your response. i think this country can use a good laugh. i would be happy with him picking palin or bachmann. palin would not do it, then she would have to actually work. bachmann would do i=t because she is a attention wh–re.

    July 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. suzabella

    It is unfortunate that there are no intelligent Republican women to chose from. But intelligent women just aren't Republicans.

    July 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. pm Ohio

    Ooops, I meant Mitt, not Newt. The clown car that is the GOP confuses me sometimes.

    July 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. black

    how about Krammer dude?

    July 5, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. escher7

    Sarah is still available. Try and find an intelligent female Republican.

    July 5, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Keep bringing the non working rich wife out to remind the miccle class and poor od that high priced horse and her caddys.
    Let me tell you a secret among women I know at work and friends. We don't like your pretend she is a poor wife starting with those boys you had help raising with nannies and chauffeurs to how she is makin you sound human and a prankster versus an abusive bully.
    She should NOT be part of the process. She is a woman with no dignity or job, remember your own words?

    July 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. DC from NJ

    Even worse than Bachmann (if that's possible) would be Haley. Please pick one of them Mittens! Obama/Biden 2012....

    July 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Investment Advisor

    @ Cedar Rapids...You guys spin this stuff so proficiently that you give me a headache.....ouch!!!!

    July 5, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Chipster

    Republican Policies for Women = Forced Internal Ultra Sound = Rape by Legislation !

    July 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Khaleeshi

    Romney doesn't have the guts to pick a woman – this is just talk to deflect from his health care fiasco.

    July 5, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. ED FL

    This is a probable ,based on Romney's penchant for always bringing his wife to the front anytime he gets flushed with embarrasment due to his non-bravado ablilty to handle most causes that he can't/won't answer.Bachman would be a good choice,Mitt could get a discount at Bachmans husbands dance school.

    July 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Ron

    Please pick hickey nailey gov. Of south Carolina. MIT would certainly carry the state and it's nine electoral votes. Two idiots on the ticket elected be a state that is so far right they are blind to the facts.

    July 5, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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