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. grahame rhodes

    Point is he doesn't have anybody. That's why he;s beating she underbrush for some poor dweeb who will take the blame when he fails

    July 5, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. ncmyk

    i can't believe cnn didn't include cathy mcmorris rodgers from washington (state). she is one of the secret names at the top of his list.

    July 5, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Investment Advisor

    Well her we go again on the #1 liberal blog site.....better known as " fantasy land". Wheres the spin ? With the republicans waging a "War on Women" , how does this make any sense? I'm sure you all will get a message twisted to support your agenda. I'm amused by your biased, regurgitated talking points. What fun!

    July 5, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Investment Advisor

    @ AL-NY,NY....Pandering at its worst??? Your guy invented the process of pandering. Go back to bed.

    July 5, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Patriot

    After the shambles of the nominating process, a wise VP choice would go far in reestablishing the G.O.P. as a serious party with the Nation's best interests at heart. Either Bachmann or Palin would do wonders in this regard.

    July 5, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Cindy

    This is just a smoke screen. This man has no intention of choosing a woman. Actually there are no qualified women in the Republican party to be President.

    July 5, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. littletingod

    Mittens will never, ever pick a woman for VEEP! The GOP will never allow Mittens to pick a woman for VEEP! They remember the fiasco when McCain picked the dimwit from Alaska who sank the GOP ship in 2008. Ann Romney is just trying to make it appear that the GOP care what happens to women.

    July 5, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. neil

    Sure! Get Nicky Haley – second Sara Palin. Romney's waterloo!

    July 5, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Bleedingheart

    And the winner is...SARAH PALIN. The women has everything. Looks, some experience, a brain... well almost everything.

    July 5, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Darryl

    I don't think it really matters who Romney picks for his V.P. anyhow. The Republican Party said in the very begining that Romney could not beat President Obama and didn't have a chance.The Health Care sealed his fate anyhow.The Republican Party can try to change the facts but their not going to be able to do that period.Just wait till the world stage is set for the first debate. When the questions are asked, Romneys going to studder and stumble and smile and hesitate befor answering. He is going to look like a fool and totally imbarass the GOP and the T-Party backers. I think they know this and if they don't they are more delusional than anyone can imagine.Anyhow lets move on an get this country moving forward to a better place like we should do.

    July 5, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. sortakinda

    Please God-not Palin or Bachmann or anyone like them. Someone intelligent, man or woman.

    July 5, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Core republican Values

    It won't be easy to find a decent woman whose core values include the marginalization of her entire gender.

    July 5, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. JohnnyZ

    Sarah is unemployed, isn't she?

    What other method is left to attempt to convince women he is open to their values and rights?

    July 5, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Jesus Christ Superstar

    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."

    Unless his answers involve sending jobs overseas, cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires, and denying me healthcare, I don't think he has the 'RIGHT' answers.

    July 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Mgc tampa

    So what they are saying is that there will be a ticket with a woman; so a ticket with absolutely no foreign policy experience what so ever since there no women in the running with this experience and romney has no experience. This is scary.

    July 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. HCX

    Seriously? Palin, Bachmann and Haley walk into a bar and the barthender says....is this a joke?

    July 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Patriot Awesome

    It's Pander time! Good luck finding a half black half Hispanic homosexual woman that grew up the poor daughter of legal immigrants that has changed her ways to become a wealthy heterosexual christian conservative capitalist who only wants to give back to her country. You know that's what he's searching for.

    July 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Chipster

    The GOP has done so much for women: forced transvaginal ultra sounds, defunding Planned Parenthoods cancer screening (90%+ of their services),100% refusal to vote for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, refuse to recognize that contraceptives ARE health care while supporting recreational Viagra, filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act and so many more policies that have done so much for women – so much to try to control them, limit their options, limit their income, limit their power....

    July 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. susan

    Do a McCain and choose Palin.

    July 5, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -Investment Advisor

    Well her we go again on the #1 liberal blog site.....better known as " fantasy land". Wheres the spin ? With the republicans waging a "War on Women" , how does this make any sense? I'm sure you all will get a message twisted to support your agenda. I'm amused by your biased, regurgitated talking points. What fun!
    ************************
    And we are amused by yours, not to mention the fact your clients have enjoyed huge increases in their 401Ks after the decimation that took place under the previous administration( which is reflected in your commissions). The irony of your posts ( and your chosen nickname) are not lost on anyone here, not mention the skill at which you parrot back the theology of the Right. Want a cracker?

    July 5, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. MiddleClassTax?!?!

    Dear Mrs. Romney –

    Are you oblivious to anything except the lies your husband lets you in on? Put down the horse brush and gold metal, and check it out:

    The republican party, since Obama took office, has stated that they sincerely want to make obama a 1 term president. Period. Good policy? doesn't matter. Bad Policy? Doesn't matter. GET RID OF OBAMA.

    So, you were all okay when that has been going on for 4 freakin' years, but in a 2 months span the Democrats are coming out on the same lines, and you're offended? What land do you live in?!?!?!

    July 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. tullymd

    No one on the list is qualified to be president. Now just think... if he does pick someone who is REALLY qualified that person would upstage Romney given the stark contrast. Compare with Obama Biden 2008. Biden more qualified but Obama not intimidated. Obama avoiding mediocrity.

    July 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Brenda Blodgett

    He could do all of us Arizonans a favor and take Jan Brewer. Please take her.

    July 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Khaleeshi

    Oh yes – Bachmann or Palin please....or maybe even Jan Brewer. This would just be hilarious to watch!!!

    July 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Investment Advisor wrote:

    Well her we go again on the #1 liberal blog site.....better known as " fantasy land". Wheres the spin ?
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    Where is the spin? It's in the article.

    "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."

    Mitt Romney doesn't have a leg or a record to stand on. Mitt Romney never wants to talk about his record. Fellow conservatives are unable to say anythng more about his record than, "It's out there on the public record." And, it would so easy to debunk the Obama campaign ads with just one mere example of job creation. Oh yeah, these types of attacks started with Perry, Gingrich, and Santorum. Cain was too whatever to try it.

    July 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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