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. Church of Suicidal

    Christine "I Am Not A Witch" O'Donnell?

    July 5, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Doug in NYC

    How about the Witch from Delaware, Christine "I'm not a Witch" O'Donnell. RobMe should pick her!

    July 5, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Dave, Central Illinois

    Any GOP candidate would be better than crazy old uncle Joe – not to mention the divider-in-chief Obama. Funny how all the women listed are not only intelligent, but actually seem to be real females. Now, compare that to Ice Hillary, old-crow Pelosi, Mad Max Walters. Hmmm, seems to be a pattern. Oh, by the way Libs, I really don't care what you think so responding to this is a waste of your ample, non-working, time.

    July 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. max

    once upon a horse

    hey I hear Jan Brewer might be available.

    July 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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    Swell idea!!

    July 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Joseph

    Sen. Ayotte or Sec. Rice would both prove formidable additions to the ticket. Interesting to see so much sexism from Leftists on this blog against conservative women. Hypocrisy.

    July 5, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jose

    I really disappointed about the double standard. Selecting who to hire based on sex is discrimination and illegal. Selecting a running mate based on sex, skin color and race is strategic thinking. Politicians make the laws, but choose to ignore (or spin) them as needed to gain power.

    The most disappointing part of it is that the news organization pander so much to the politicians for access that they are too scared (or lazy) to call them on it.

    July 5, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Mr.Willard Romney so sorry I ill advised you on your vp pick Bristol Palin would be a much better pick for you than Michelle Bachman

    July 5, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. TJeff1776

    Methinks if Romney could persuade Hilliary Clinton as his vice he might win.....it would be the ONLY way.

    July 5, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. realitychecks

    Silly sarah is probably packing right now, i'm sure ann won't mind her having the prez in her" crosshairs" that's the acceptable brutal in their arena....killing the prez doesnt come close to the brutal attacks on the lowly contender...right sarah? wink wink

    July 5, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Reggie from LA

    Please! Token, pro forma considerations.

    July 5, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. TAK

    Well I hope he picks a better running mate than McCain did. I have seen two VPs become president and Romney needs to pick someone who is at least mentally all there and could run the country if need be, not someone who can turn a few cute phrases and appeases the Tea Party.

    July 5, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Jane

    So, I guess since the Romney team wants someone who won't overshadow Mr. Personality, they are now looking at Female cardboard boxes??

    July 5, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Ann, if you think they are treating your husband mean, perhaps you are not cut out to be first lady. That said, when he runs completely and totally on his record as a job creator (strange how he ignores is past political qualifications), he has to be prepared for that record to be challenged.

    Again, if you think that's brutal, or trying to "kill" him, perhaps you are in over your head.

    July 5, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I bet thr bimbo from AK would love go try to help the bishop.
    Just like in 2008, it's not just a woman it's the right woman and wifey, please go back to one of your many mansions. The bishop's campaign brings you out every time your hubby screws up to remind us what a limp guy he trulybis.
    You are NOT helping him look more human because he isn't!!!! Give it up asbyiu ride your Caddys just like yiu ride tat seadoo!

    July 5, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. maine liberal

    Pls pick Bachmann because liberals are so afraid of her :)

    July 5, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. johnnieg

    ANN ............May be ill , but she has a big mouth on her.

    July 5, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Norm

    Captain Pander on a mission to secure the woman vote after his party has done everything but declare Sharia law.

    July 5, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Tina

    Ann is suggesting herself as the VP. After all, she does make Mitten's ride in the B_t_H seat on the wave runner. Had to laugh, Mitten's magic underwear was peeking from his swim trunks. Ann had on her usual jock strap.

    July 5, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Woo-Hoo Mitt, Marcus Bauchman is waiting for your call!

    July 5, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Patriots

    Please, please pick Sarah Palin or Nikki Haley. They will totally destroy the Democrats.

    July 5, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Jane

    Oh wow! "Palin Power" is back. Although how he/she managed to escape from the funny farm is inexplicable....

    July 5, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Investment Advisor

    @ Dave, Central Illinois... Good comment putting those "quality" women dems out there. Mad Max Walters....now theres a representative all should be proud of! Her name is glorified with those esteemed democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. Didn't they do wonders for the banking/housing industry? Of course their guidance had nothing whatsoever to do with the mess we're in now. Maybe Debbie Wasserman can rise to the top of the liberal female list. Yes, those libs have much to crow about when it comes to evaluating Quality women in politics!

    July 5, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -Dave, Central Illinois

    Any GOP candidate would be better than crazy old uncle Joe – not to mention the divider-in-chief Obama. Funny how all the women listed are not only intelligent, but actually seem to be real females. Now, compare that to Ice Hillary, old-crow Pelosi, Mad Max Walters. Hmmm, seems to be a pattern. Oh, by the way Libs, I really don't care what you think so responding to this is a waste of your ample, non-working, time.
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    Ah, what a caricature of a rightie! Interesting comment about work habits, since its the Blue states that consistently support the lazy layabouts in the Red States. Can we go for Caribou Barbie, Witchie O'Donnell, Cornonary Christie or Liar Rubio : which grossly underqualified token will they pick, since the GOP no longer values actual experience as a criteria for governing. Oh, and we can tell you don't care about a response or anything else for that matter: just as long as you have someone to hate so you can define you paranoid existence even further, with the generous aid of Hacker Murdoch's Propaganda Award: has anyone at FOX won the Millie Dowler award yet?

    July 5, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Jeff

    I will vote for whomever is the best candidate, regardless if they are a minority or not. Voting for people based on them being a minority though, is just as racist/sexist as not voting for them for the same reason. Anyone picking someone as a token candidiate is also likely to be losing support from me. Saying Condaleeza Rice or Mary Fallin is on your list of VP picks is great. Saying you want a woman, and your list could could include those same names, is not OK.

    July 5, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Rubes

    Ann, last time I checked Mitt was running for President. what is this "we" and " I" comments you keep making. You are not on the short list for VP or you?

    July 5, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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