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.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Mittens – Put Piyush on the ticket. Please.

    July 27, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Peggy Munro

    No accident- that's to get our minds off the foreign trip fiasco. I was expecting to see St. Jude on the list though.

    July 27, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Johnny DC

    Not a single person on that list would have any trouble obliterating Joe Biden in a debate or in holding the duties of the office of the Vice President. Not a single one of them.

    July 27, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    Rupert Murdoch's paper got it right: Mitt The Twit

    July 27, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. jake

    blah blah blah. it's all invalid rhetoric. obama will win in nov because you can't trust romney..what are you hiding in your taxes mitt? everybody including your own tea baggers want to know. show me the money.

    July 27, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Who cares any more. I'm so sick of Robingme and his lies I have to change the channel every time he speaks.

    July 27, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Clay

    Why would Bobby Jindal be on this list? He claims he changed his name to Bobby because he was so impressed by The Brady Bunch (makes me want to puke). What an obvious lie. His real name is Piyush. This is exactly whats wrong with our politicians. Just a bunch of liars. The 'Bobby' is just for marketing purposes. His attempt to disguise who he is and what his culture is rather than just being honest.

    July 27, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. mike

    how about this theory, beth myers released these names because she wants all potential republican voters to feel like "hey at least romney strongly considered my favorite candidate for vp.." i would not be surprised if romney shocks the world and chooses rep allen west (who isnt on this list) at the repub convention

    July 27, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Tam

    Gingrich?! please, let him run!

    July 27, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Luke,AZ

    Sounds like damage control. Float VP names to take the spotlight off of Gov Romneys blunders in London. Romney is NOT presidential material. Sen McCain even said that Sarah Palin was a better pick than Romney.

    July 27, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Tony

    Will the people on Romney's short list insult our allies and cause diplomatic embarrassment when they travel abroad? Do they have something to hide in their tax returns? Romney's vetting committee wants to know. Having the presidential candidate doing these things is bad enough.

    July 27, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. whyus

    If I had a choice between
    McCain/Palin and Romney/? Id vote for Mcain /Palin this guy,Romney is in it for his own prestige,I believe he trives on sucess to a point he has no stand point of reference to anything else,get out you tax returns Mitt you aren not above anyone else!

    July 27, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. TBS

    It doesn't matter who he chooses. Willard will go down in flames come November. There is NO WAY he can win in the electoral college!

    July 27, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Jeb

    Sarah Palin would be the perfect running mate for Romney.

    She can't answer basic questions and he's got two answers for every question.

    July 27, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Shannon

    Each as shady, unethical and dishonest as Mitt, sounds like they should all work

    July 27, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. NeskyBaby

    That's a Long short list!

    July 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. caesarbc

    When it comes to the "economy stupid"... the only choice here is Paul Ryan

    July 27, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. caesarbc

    When it comes to the "economy stupid"... the only choice here is Paul Ryan.

    July 27, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Halaku

    While I'm betting he'll tab Martinez, I'm hoping he tabs Santorum.

    It certainly would make for a more exciting ticket and process.

    July 27, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. MikeinMN

    Go Mitt Go! Ur right CNN, I've already said this. Is there something wrong that you won't post it?

    July 27, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. Hey, Mittens, got any more of those 100K Bain jobs for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe'?

    Just a weak attempt to generate interest in a failing campaign about a subject no ones cares about, outside the GOP bagger base.

    July 27, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Olive

    If I were them, I wouldn't answer the phone:>)

    July 27, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. jt35

    Desperation to distract from his horrendous show in London with all of the blunders.

    July 27, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. IO

    Rob Portman, Susana Martinez and Tim Pawlenty are the three frontrunners.

    July 27, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. YOU PEOPLE

    Well it looks like it would be easier to pick who will NOT be the choice moreso than who will. NEWT GINGRICH?? Yeah, right you pick a guy that calls you a LIAR! Rick Santorum?? Sure after he said Mitt is the WORST candidate to run against Obama? (STRIKE!) I don't see why Herman Cain's name isn't on there. hat would cut into Obama's lead with the Black vote if he chose him (wink) But I still think his best choice is by his side right now....ANN ROMNEY! Nobody understands him more, backs him up more, and he won't even have to ask her for her tax returns like he will have to ask the others for. And you know when he does ask for those returns the Obama team is going to pounce so why do it?

    July 27, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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