Romney names staffers for vice presidential pick
July 17th, 2012
10:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney names staffers for vice presidential pick

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign appointed two staffers for its eventual vice presidential pick Tuesday as speculation increases on the timing of the closely watched decision.

Randy Bumps, an executive at the public affairs firm Direct Impact, joined Team Romney as director of operations for Romney's vice presidential candidate, and Kevin Sheridan, who CNN reported last week was joining Romney's campaign as a senior adviser, was named as communications director for the running mate.

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"I'm proud to add Randy and Kevin to our growing team," Romney Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades wrote in a statement. "They both have enjoyed long and distinguished careers in our party. Their work will be vital as we move forward in the campaign to defeat President Obama and elect Mitt Romney."

Before joining Romney's campaign last week, Sheridan served as a senior vice president at the Edelman public relations firm.

He was press director for the U.S. Agency for International Development under the administration of President George W. Bush, and through 2004 was a spokesman and director of regional media for the Republican National Committee.

On Monday, a top aide to Romney denied that the presumptive GOP nominee had settled on a pick for his vice presidential running mate.

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 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.

Speaking to CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, 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 said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. s

    And this is news to who???? none CARES HELLO

    July 17, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Wake up people

    No one cares. It's not going to make a bit of difference as he will never be POTUS.

    Show us the taxes Robmey!
    We see thru your smoke and mirrors.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 17, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. CNN Fans

    I think Rick Santorum is the better choice for VP of Romney campaign...But I doubt about that...

    July 17, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The timing of this could not be any more convenient for Camp Romney. Romney needs to pick a VP, and he would be best to do it ahead of the convention by at least a couple of weeks. The sooner, the better. So, why not take discussion of off Bain Capitol and tax returns, and turn it onto a VP selection? Turn the announcement into a drama, complete with announcements of new people to the search.

    In case you missed it it, Romney has named a VP. Nor has Romney addressed the Bain questions or the tax return questions. He would much rather that they just go away and dispose of themselves. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney cannot "fire" the issues. They are here. They are real. They are not going away until he confronts them, or he will be swept away by them. Is he running scared from these questions?

    July 17, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Only their aim is to defeat pres. Obama is so vulnerable and pathetic. They do not have any vision for this nation nor agenda. Yes, on OBAMA12. Period.

    July 17, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "He, Sheridan, was press director for the U.S. Agency for International Development under the administration of President George W. Bush...."
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    Reading that gave me goose bumps. That agency sounds like it specialized in outsourcing. Right up Romney's alley.

    July 17, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    this team had better do a more thorough job than McCain's......(in a screeching harpie voice..) "Hello Americans. I'm a hockey mom from Wasilla Alaska. I wink a lot because i'm not that bright and unable to articulate much. I also use illogical reasoning to come up with my lies and innuendo but gosh darn it, I'm a real Amurkin and we'd better not let someone who pals around with terrorists into the office of POTUS!!"

    July 17, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. just_a_moderate

    Ok, so it MIGHT distract from Bain.

    But it also all but guarantees that the interviews with the new VP that will dominate every news station will leave the new VP answering questions about the two years, etc. Obviously the VP candidate will have to deflect those.

    This actually seems more likely to infect the VP with Bain questions than to make them go away. Why not just man up? Answer the questions, take a beating now, and then announce your VP when you have pivoted the discussion back to the economy.

    I really don't understand Romney's end game with this.

    July 17, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Oh that's nice....anywho.....about those tax returns - when can we expect 12 years worth? Willard surely didn't think that this was going to change the narrative did he?

    July 17, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Thomas

    Who is running Mitt's campain ?

    If this is any indication of how a Romney administration would govern and lead , were in truble .

    July 17, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Yawn.

    Translation: "Today we've added Distraction Jackson and Ms. Thinly Veiled to our VP vetting team. Please pay no attention to the tax returns behind the curtain."

    July 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |