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. Jack

    Anything to shift the focus away from Romney's political fiasco in Great Britain. The Romney campaign and the man himself is a sick and dangerous joke.

    July 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. johnmenacherjr

    You know his list is made up of fat slobs wanabees and just plain fools. I really dislike the fact that this mormon bishop and his interplanetary hopes is actually being referred to as the "president" Although i have a lot of respect this flip flopping lieing joke will never be my president he is the worst and the press thinks hes the best thing since lube.

    July 28, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Sal

    As much as many people don't like Obama, the best choice is him over Romney! 

    July 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. BeverlyNC

    That's a SHORT list?? That is every Republican person who hasn't yet done or said anything as clueless as Romney. Not one of them is experienced for high office. Most are unknown to Americans -which Romney needs so his own VP candidate doesn't look better than he does. Again – for Republicans it is a choice of the least of the worst. Onto Israel and more foreign policy gaffes and embarrassments for the unprepared Romney.

    July 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. GOP is for the rich

    Romney laughed at Gingrich when he talked about the 'moon base' because he knew the REAL base should be built on Kolob!

    July 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Time For Mitt to Fess Up

    Once again we get a report that Only Myers and Mitt know the details of those being vetted.. which means that Anne lies everytime she says she knows who is on the list and approves. The more I listen to her, the more I notice she will lie about anything too. Not a nice woman or an honest woman. Her claims of MS are also questionable.

    July 28, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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