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. JohnReedjr

    Just a shot at publicity to take the heat off his failure at diplomacy in London.

    July 28, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. MarineWill

    Another lame attempt to try and change the subject. How stupid does the Romney campaign think everyone is?

    July 28, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  3. packerfans

    Mitt Romeny, Pick up Vp Paul Ryan best one!!

    July 28, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. Joseph B

    FF in this case stands for Fool's Folly. Or knowing Santorum perhaps she meant "flammable farter" – not sure why she put that out in public....

    July 28, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  5. liz48

    Newt is the best pick...even though we don't like DC, the reality is that you have to know how that place works. Palin liked Newt so the tea party types can be brought in. Newt also is the most positively received by the Hispanics. Pawlenty too much a panderer...Santorum – more a publicity stunt including him....Condeleeza – too many memories of Bush....Rubio is not popular among Hispanics and is still too immature...Paul Ryan...better fit for congress – too exuberant for the WH, VP slot....Jindal...just doesn't cut the national stage as yet...Chris Christie...did she leave ANYONE out???lol! ...Ms Myers has tried to appease all competing groups...

    Newt is the best...

    July 28, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  6. Jim

    Yep. Santorum and Gingrich, right! This is a joke.

    July 28, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  7. EC

    Clearly Rice would be the best of that bunch

    July 28, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  8. Alex

    Okay...so basically, he revealed everyone we already knew. I don't think this eliminated anyone. If anything it added Governor Martinez as well as Santorum and Gingrich. I don't recall any of those three being on anyone's short lise.

    July 28, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Bunch of GOP idiots, no one in that cluster is worth my dime. Obama12. Period.

    July 28, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  10. K

    Not a single surprise here. And all of them want it, save Rice (who, by the way, is former secretary of state ... not "fromer". Doesn't CNN have spell check? Seriously guys, this is supposed to be a news organization).

    July 28, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  11. Miroslava

    So many picks, so little to choose from...

    July 28, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  12. mrkeno

    cmon mittens take a flyer and put sara on the ticket just like mccain
    if not sara then santorum hes just as nuts as sara

    July 28, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  13. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    former governor of Massachusetts one term mitt Romney shall NOT win even with Florida governor mark rubio or Dr condileezza rice or governor Chris Christy or any other Republican or Democrats who have fought against president Obama reality goals too bring jobs back to America
    trickled down economy does not work
    its TZAHDAKA that works or pay it forward
    or everyone helping everyone hand's on approach

    July 28, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  14. Kris in AL

    That's a "short list?"

    Seen all those names. Nothing new.

    July 28, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  15. Marie MD

    up your too mitt the twit. Love those Brits!!!
    Oh goodie, a list of mostly unknown boring men who have already proven that they are not for the country or women, or senior citizens, or blacks, or latinos.
    Except for rice there is NOBODY on that list worth a broken down penny. The problem with hr is that she is another reminder that not only do we have the village idiot's twin #43 with better hair running but that she was part and a decision maker to the worstwar criminal president ever in our history.

    July 28, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  16. Sue

    So in political speak it is none of those listed. Come on Mitt, is this how you are going to be president? Makes me nervous if it is.

    July 28, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  17. maybrick

    Kelly Ayotte? Really?? I live in NH. She hasn't even finished serving out a single term of office. Whiff of Palin all over again?

    July 28, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  18. some guy in New Hampshire

    Kelly Ayotte, who's been one of our state's senators for exactly two years, has no reason to be on this list. She has a completely undistinguished record as a legislator, policy thinker, or consensus builder and, as the Republicans tirelessly pointed out in 2008, someone with only two years in the Senate isn't ready to be president - the criterion that Mitt said was first and foremost in his mind in picking a VP. Ayotte is a GOP cog, a button-pusher, a party soldier who can be relied on to repeat the talking points du jour and mouth whatever absurd party line statement or slur against the opposition that she's told to. All that may make her a good GOP politician. That's not the same aa being presidential timber.

    July 28, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  19. todd in DC

    Oh Great Frith. But a shlock of unknown, unqualified, unbelievable, unintelligent candidates. Is this really the best of what the GOP can cough up?

    July 28, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. Katie

    He won't pick: Condoleeza Rice or Bob Portman because they're too moderate. He won't pick: Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich because they're too controversial for their own reasons. Ryan would be popular among the Tea Party crowd, but he's SO extreme, a lot of people wouldn't vote for Romney just because of him. He won't pick Christie because he is too, well, Christie. (Although it would be fun to hear him swear and make his "colorful" comments and then insist he was being taken out of context or apologize for any offense. I wouldn't think Jindal is a good pick, either. My guess is Pawlenty.

    July 28, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  21. Linden Atrocity

    I heard Mitt Romney was in the Olympics, as his wifes horse.

    July 28, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  22. ron

    Hmmm. Now, which one of them has released only two years of tax returns??

    July 28, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  23. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Either ginwhich or sanatrium.

    July 28, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  24. GI Joe

    He's just a giant jerk. Keep him in Poland.

    July 28, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. Emery

    Hmm....

    They all suck, just like Romney. What a surprise.

    July 28, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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