Romney surrogates make Veep choices known
July 27th, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney surrogates make Veep choices known

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney tours London on the first stop of his overseas trip, prominent surrogates for the presumptive GOP nominee are making their choices for his running mate known stateside.

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was rooting for Sen. Rob Portman, who, like Boehner, represents Ohio.

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“I’m partial to Rob Portman,” Boehner said on Fox News. “I’ve been a long-time friend. He’s a United States senator from Ohio, served as the director of Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, also served as the U.S. trade rep, served in the House of Representatives as well. Knows his way around Washington, and I think he’d be a great asset for Governor Romney.”

Boehner seems to have narrowed his list since April, when he told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley there were three names he had in mind for Romney’s running mate.
The top Republican in Congress said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, along with Portman, fit his criteria that the pick be capable of serving as president.

"There are a lot of people that I like. But this is a personal choice for Gov. Romney, and I'm confident that he'll have a running mate that will be helpful to the ticket," Boehner told Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

"I think the number one quality is, are they capable of being president in the case of an emergency?" Boehner added.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani offered a different name Thursday, saying he’d like to see Rubio picked. Giuliani said the Florida senator was “the most exciting” name floated for Romney’s running mate.

"He's of a different generation," Giuliani told News Channel 8 in Tampa. "He makes outreach much more possible to a younger people – people in their 30s where the Republican Party has a little bit of a deficit."

Meanwhile, several names floated as Romney’s choice have been stumping for the candidate while he embarks on a three-nation foreign tour.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia made several stops in Iowa Thursday. The two potential vice presidential choices teamed for an event in Coralville. McDonnell also stopped in Davenport, while Jindal held an event in Des Moines.

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, also considered a possible Romney running mate, made an appearance for the campaign in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Greg

    What?!!! No, "they're everywhere", everyone's favorite Anti, Michele Bachman? The Tea Party cups must be spilling all over the place when their own racist darling isn't even mentioned!

    July 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Simple Romney is not ready for the Job , worst than Sarah Palin

    July 27, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Andre

    Just a bit of impartial advice for Mr. Romney; should you choose Rubio you will put us Dems under the gun for this election. You will have Hispanics who don't follow politics see his name on the ticket and BAM! Instant votes. You may not sway too many Democrats, just to warn you though (at least those of us in touch with our party); I think Rubio as VP is your best choice to get elected. Although I will NOT vote for you and I don't like what you stand for Mr. Romney, it seems Sen. Rubio is the logical choice to appease both Hispanics and your radical Tea Party members.

    July 27, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Hahahaha...Mittens is going to save the VP pick for as long as possible and trot out the speculation fuel every single time he messes up...like he did in London. He'll probably fire it off on Fridays as well in an attempt to dominate the weekend news cycle too. DESPERATE.

    July 27, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Sniffit

    BTW, precisely how does one make the argument, as Deputy Doublethink has, that "apologies" and "appeasement" are awful and that the rest of the world's perception of the US is super super important...all while having the talking point parrot surrogates for the campaign blabbering that what the London media thinks of DD's offensive statements yesterday doesn't matter, like Booby Jingle and others did for him yesterday? It's just more doublethink and misdirection from his DESPERATE campaign.

    July 27, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Logic N LA

    So Boehner wants a friend as VP who was the director of management and budget under Bush ( good job done there!)and Guiliani can only list that his choice is from a new generation.
    I realize that when your candidates qualification set the bar low, his running mate can't be too strong, but the selection listed above of VP seem pretty sad based on this article.

    July 27, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was rooting for Sen. Rob Portman. He’s a United States senator from Ohio, served as the director of Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, also served as the U.S. trade rep, served in the House of Representatives as well. Knows his way around Washington, and I think he’d be a great asset for Governor Romney.”

    Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush says it all !

    Why not,
    Mitt Romney / Donal Rumsfeld
    America needs some R & R 2012 .

    What happened to Danald Trump ?

    July 27, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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