A Romney VP shortlist or just a short list on Twitter?
July 27th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
2 years ago

A Romney VP shortlist or just a short list on Twitter?

(CNN) – Beth Myers, the woman leading Mitt Romney's running mate search, tweeted a list of names on Friday–all of whom have been speculated as potential VP picks.

The tweets come as a surprising post for a campaign that has been strictly tight-lipped about its search process.

Myers writes "#FF" before the names, a tradition known as "Follow Friday" in which users urge their friends to follow certain names on Twitter.

The list of names included: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, fromer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Romney has repeatedly said only he and Myers were the two who knew the most intimate details about the search process. So far, he has only admitted to vetting Rubio, after a firestorm erupted over reports that the Florida senator was not on the list.

The tweets appeared to come at random, as Myers last posted on Twitter back in April–her first and only tweet until Friday.

Romney's campaign confirmed that the Twitter posts were authentic.

– CNN's Dashia Starr and Mark Preston contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Twitter
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Weapon of Mass Distraction. Look over here! Look over here!!! VP hints and speculation!!!! STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO HIS DISASTER IN LONDON!!!!

    July 27, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    LOL

    Anytime old Mittens is getting any bad publicity SUDDENLY it's time to distact with VP news.

    It's about the ONLY thing that is tranperent about his incompetent campaign!

    Willard just isn't ready for prime time!

    July 27, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Those vetted but not included on the first list are: Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, Clarence Thomas, Anton Scalia, Ted Nugent, Chuck Norris, and Michele Bachmann.

    July 27, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    The tweets come as a surprising post for a campaign that has been strictly tight-lipped about its search process.

    Who cares about his VP list? Why don't they Tweet about what the American people REALLY care about and that is -those tax returns and long form birth certificate but that's right, they need another distration from their goofball of a candidate and his foreign policy tour.

    July 27, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. sayer

    Some of these guys will ensure an Obama victory!

    July 27, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. anotherGDlefty

    Yeah I'm sure Newt is in the running for Messiah Mitts VP.
    It would be nearly as stupid a choice as someone running for president hiding his financials.
    Oh wait, nevermind.

    Rmoney / Gingrich 2012

    July 27, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Will see if fromer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins the flip flop club, she said she didn't want the job.

    I have a feeling he will go for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte , she is aggressive , conservitive .

    The odds are he will pick a woman , teflon Palin with a heart of steel .

    Beth Myers and Karl Rove , must be like old times !

    July 27, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Cue the lefty haters...

    July 27, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Lionel

    Doesn't matter who he choses, "Mitt is a Twit" just like the British call him. What a bafoon.

    Can't believe people want to vote for this guy.

    July 27, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Bill in Florida

    VP Newt Gingrich? VP Rick Santorum? VP Kelly Ayotte? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    July 27, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. namryan

    yeah... and @Londonblunder.... Way to try to distract from the shameful gaffe in London!!!

    July 27, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Darryl

    Don't fall for it, Beth Meyers is following orders. The Republican Party T-Party & Carl Rove have already told Romney who his pick is going to be if he wants to go to the W/H.At this point Romney does NOT get to pick his V.P for the ticket. There's too much money invested and there's too much on the line for control of the free world. But the Political Game they are playing is no match this time. President Obama is the toughest POTUS we have ever wittnessed with a vision un-like anyother we have experienced in history.The GOP is running scared and totally out of control. They do not want CNN or any Main Stream Media to know anything at this point. Don't be fooled !!!

    July 27, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. jimmy

    how is that a short list it pretty much mentions everyone in play already and then some. What a wasted story

    July 27, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. cali ha ha

    Lol. Were not easily distracted. Where are those taxes. Puppies don't belong on the big dog stage.

    July 27, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Nix

    Thirteen names is a shortlist?

    July 27, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Slow News Day

    How do you diver attention away from insulting the English and having their prime minister take a cheap shot about your Olympics in the middle of nowhere? Have your campaign send out some cryptic names and let the media make up their own story.......YAWN!!!!!

    July 27, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    Who cares, he will NEVER be our President, he is a horrible candidate. Just awful. Try again in 2016 Repubs, but get the party together, where are the moderates? 4 More Years, for sure!

    July 27, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. enuff

    Romney is playing a game of "Duck, duck, goose" withn these people. The sad part is they are all a twitter about playing too.

    July 27, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. winky

    Nothing to see here...move along...move along...

    July 27, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. JDinHouston

    Thanks for sharing – now, about those taxes.... Romney, do the right thing, honor your own father's tradition, release your taxes.

    July 27, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Mark

    Thats the same list we been seeing all along?

    July 27, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Milton K. Wiah

    How can Romney vet anybody if he himself has not been vetted. His tax return is a vetting process by
    the American people, he refused to release them. Let him tell how he vet these people. Have they not
    shown their tax return?

    July 27, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. huxley

    Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!! Michelle Bachmann!!!

    SNL needs the ratings help.

    July 27, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. huxley

    Actually if you look at the list, its basically every prominent Republican – EXCEPT Michelle Bachmann.

    W.
    T.
    F.

    July 27, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. onevoice

    Does it really matter, President Obama will win in ANOTHER LANDSLIDE either way

    July 27, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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