Romney aide: No decision on running mate
July 16th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney aide: No decision on running mate

(CNN) – A top aide to Mitt Romney denied Monday that the presumptive GOP nominee had settled on a pick for his vice presidential running mate.

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Eric Fehrnstrom, speaking to reporters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following a fund-raiser, said "No decision's been made on V.P."

His remarks came after a report in the New York Times that cited friends of Romney saying the candidate had made his choice for running mate and was preparing to announce his pick as early as this week.

Fehrnstrom would not speculate on the timing of the announcement.

"It could happen anytime between now and the convention but it will only happen after a decision has been made and no decision has been made," Fehrnstrom told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta.

Romney was in Louisiana's capital to raise money with the state's governor, Bobby Jindal. Fehrnstrom said Monday the two politicians did not discuss the possibility of Jindal joining the Romney ticket.

"He met with Gov. Jindal but they didn't talk about V.P.," Fehrnstrom said, mentioning that they did discuss education policy.

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Mitt Romney
soundoff (16 Responses)

    We can care less about his running mate. Are the people on his VP short list being vetted thoroughly, ie: TAXES

    July 16, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Expectations are low for a top notch running mate. Not much of a candidate pool after scrapping the bottom for a presidential candidate like whiny flip flopping Romney.

    July 16, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. lolo

    Because the VP candidates are deciding whether or not if they want to be on the same ticket with a liar and out-sourcer in chief.

    July 16, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Friendly advice to whoever he picks first: Don't get too excited too quickly...he'll probably change his mind and pick someone else shortly after naming you.

    July 16, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Kate

    I had the same the thought. His choice will be his new BFF for a day and then he'll mistrust himself and choose another. Great charter for a President.
    OBAMA 2012!

    July 16, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    Don't get too worked up, folks, the decision will be made at the convention. There are at least 4 major factions, each favoring their own candidate for VP, and all are threatening to walk if they don't get their way. There is going to be some legendary back-room dealing in Tampa. Romney's been trying to tell everyone everything they want to hear, but for VP, he has to make a public choice. Good luck with that!

    July 16, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. tellin it like it is

    whoever he picks, the person won't be old and senile like biden. it is scary that guy is a heart beat from the presidency.

    July 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Let me narrow down the list for you, Governer. Pick someone that we have never heard of because everyone that we have heard of is tainted. Pick someone who is untainted by Norquist and his ridiculous pledge. Pick someone who does not subscribe to Boehner's "no compromise" ideology. Pick someone who does not believe in jobs being created by benevolent job creators who want tax cuts so that they can keep their earned money. Who does that leave? Nobody.

    July 16, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    More lies from the campaign of liars. Willard and Ann both knew (years ago) who his VP would be. This is just Willard's way of trying to make us forget he has no plans to make his tax returns public. Nice try Willard but it won't work because most of us are not ignorant. Now where are those returns?

    July 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. TAK


    If we elect this clown president and the White House gets an emergency call at 3 a.m., it'll be 6 a.m. before Romney decides whether or not to answer it. Can this guy make any decision without wringing his hands and gnashing his teeth?

    July 16, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Kenny K

    Republicans do not know what personal attacks are; that is why they use them incessantly over the past 3.5 years. Democrats are basically asking Romney questions to verify his resume.

    July 16, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    No one gives a damn about a running mate on a losing team. Show us your papers Robmey!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Name bullock

    President obama must tell truth to his heard with spirit God
    Why obama tell news that he make feel mistake for 4 year
    Mitt are right charge against presdient obama about dishonest

    July 16, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Expat American

    C'mon cream puff...we all know it's going to be Rove. Then the GOP ticket will have half a pair of grapefruits between them.

    July 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Iconoclast

    Romney team still busy interviewing Ted Nugent and Joe the Plumber for VP slot. Not a single credible republican wants to be seen standing next to Mitt(can you blame them) so, like McCain in 2008, it comes down to picking the best of the clowns. Then we all stand back in shock and awe absolutely amazed that he could be that desperate to pick such a clown! That seems to be the republican strategy these days and Romney will not disappoint.

    July 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Squigman

    Idea time: What about a member of a family, who's future was ruined by a job being outsourced? Go all the way back to Studebaker, where daddy shut it down and displaced thousands of families. Hell, it runs in your genes to believe your better than every one else. Take that ball and run with it.

    July 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |