Jeb Bush's veep picks
July 18th, 2012
06:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush's veep picks

(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, rumored to be among those under consideration for Mitt Romney's running mate, praised the presumptive GOP nominee's campaign on Wednesday for the way it has handled the vice presidential search, and made his own prediction for when Romney will announce his selection.

"I like the fact that the Boston campaign has kept it close to the vest. I think it's kind of humiliating for prospective candidates to be carted out in a public way. There's only gonna be one winner, right? So it's good to do it the way they are doing it," Bush said in an interview with WCPO, a local affiliate in Cincinnati.

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Bush made his comments while in neighboring Hamilton, where he appeared at an event for Romney-his first official campaign appearance for the Republican candidate this cycle.

The former governor has previously said "under no circumstances" would he accept an offer to be Romney's running mate. And his son, George P. Bush, said on CNN last week that Jeb Bush is not being vetted by the Romney campaign.

But that didn't stop him from weighing in on the selection process Wednesday, saying he expects Romney to make his announcement "soon" or after he returns from his overseas trip, which he starts next week.

"Either way I think he's got a real wealth of choices to pick from," he said.

While speaking at the event, Bush made a few recommendations of his own for Romney's running mate. He argued Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is a "fantastic young man" and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio would be "equally good."

"It's a luxury of very good choices that he has," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing who he picks."

Also in Ohio Wednesday, Romney told a crowd of supporters in Bowling Green that he has not yet decided on his running mate.

"I can assure you that even though I have not chosen the person who will be my vice president, that person will be a conservative, they will believe in conservative principles," Romney said.

Along with Bush and Romney, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also campaigned Wednesday in Ohio, where he held an event in Columbus.


Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Name Richard

    It's gonna be Obama again in 2012 . We are giving him four more years.

    July 18, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    And we care why?

    July 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Kentucky long-rifleman

    ...
    Jeb's picks are Rubio, Portman, Cain, Palin, and Bachmann – and anyone who would want to launch ANOTHER INVASION OF IRAQ !
    ...

    July 18, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    probably will be all for naught anyway after Nov 6th.

    July 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I think it will be a Bush / Romney ticket after the convention .

    July 18, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Maria

    No flashy Veep? Try Bobby Jindal

    July 18, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. WeR4Freedom

    Romney all the way!!! 20212/2016

    July 18, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. the hated one..in Texas

    I hope he pics Jebb...a sure fire loss will insue.....I think that deep down inside Romney wants to lose and if he pics Jeb he will have his wish.

    July 18, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Ins1te

    So no Bachmann? Where's Sarah? McCain said she was the better choice over Mitt.

    July 18, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Does anybody really care what another Bush thinks? We haven't recovered from the disaster from the last Bush!

    Let's see those tax returns Romney? What are you hiding?

    July 18, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    At least Jeb has made it clear that he is smart because he refuses to be considered for the VP slot.

    July 18, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Who cares what another Bush, has to say. Pick any subject, and venue, and stage, no one cares.

    July 19, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    Jeb is far more qualified than Romney and Romney would never pick someone that is so obviously more qualified and credible than himself. The Bush machine also despises Romney and worked to bring him down to keep him from being the Republican nominee. Bush will wait until 2016 when there is an open field.

    July 19, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  14. Amy

    Jeb Bush is too smart to board the sinking S/S ROMNEY.

    July 19, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |