Petraeus as VP: No thanks
August 7th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Petraeus as VP: No thanks

Washington (CNN) - CIA Director David Petraeus is shooting down a report that tossed his name into the mix as a potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The suggestion came Tuesday from The Drudge Report, which is very popular and influential among conservatives.

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A few hours later a spokesman for the CIA director and former top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan put out a statement shooting down such talk of Petraeus leaving his post in a Democratic administration to join the GOP ticket.

"Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office," said CIA Spokesman Preston Golson.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    The man has far, far too much class to join a Republican ticket. Besides, I don't think he could be trusted to take orders from the Koch brothers.

    August 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    Good to see that the man has too much class to be on the Grand Obstructionist Party ticket..

    August 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. labman57

    These running mate "rumors" are most likely deliberately created and disseminated by the Romney campaign so that they can gauge the response of political analysts and the general public.

    August 7, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Jane

    There was no way they would have picked him; he wouldn't put up with the kind of crap dished out by Romney's handlers, e.g., the Koch Bros., the Turdblossom, and Sheldon the Felon, all the people who would really be running the country if the sockpuppet were ever elected.

    August 7, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. California Gary

    Actually, I think Patraeus would get those Koch brothers squared away........he'd have them peeling potatoes and scrubbing toilets in no time. He'd also be giving orders to Mitt.......might be able to get him squared away as well. It would be entertaining to watch......

    August 7, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Nick

    The question is going from, "Who will alexithymic Mitt pick," to "Who is willing to run with Mitt?

    August 7, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Mike

    The Drudge Report is Team Romney's GO-TO-GUY(S) for when a "distraction" is needed, if there's too much heat on alexithymic Mitt--remember the rumour that The Drudge Report came out with, that Mushroom Cloud-Condi was going to be Mitt's VP choice???

    August 7, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Karl

    Hey, Mitt! STOP USING OUR MILITARY PEOPLE to try to get yourself into the Oval Office-it didn't work in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and it won't work in the Belt Way, either.

    Have you no decency, Mitt Romney???

    August 7, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Show us the Returns Willard!

    I really doubt he would want to serve with a draft-dodger like Willard. Romney only knows how to get other people's kid's killed in wars.

    August 7, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Pander Bear

    Yeah, because the Drudge report is soooo accurate.

    August 7, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Sue

    Yet again, it's proven that Matt Drudge has no credibility whatsoever – you'd think that even the gullible rightwingers would have learned by now to NOT trust anything Drudge tells them.

    August 7, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney will put anyone in the MIX and see how it gets tossed – In reality, there are not too many that are THRILLED about the second spot!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 7, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Squigman

    He's too intelligent for the (lower forms of life), needed to be a politician.

    August 7, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Big E

    I knew Director Petraeus wouldn't bite on this bait. He understands honor and he is now serving the current President,
    there's no way he'd jump ship. I'm not at all surprised and believed him to be too attactive a candidate for the Romney campaign. Romney's number 2 will be distinctly underwhelming, as he himself has proven to be.

    August 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Thomas

    I agree , the man has far too much class to be Romney's Lap Dog

    August 7, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Willard

    Another good man leaving the wreck?

    August 7, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. jefflz

    No one with any sense will join this ticket. It is a one way trip to failure. Mitt just cannot get his act together. He is his own worst enemy. Is it possible he is actually a Democratic shill cleverly working to undermine the GOP agenda?

    August 7, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Bill

    This man is a hero and not a politician – we need more heros

    August 7, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Slightly Left of Center

    It would be an absolute insult for the American people and someone of Petraeus' caliber to be #2 on a ticket with the likes of Romney. I hope Petraeus is on the top of the ticket in 2016. HE is a republican I could vote for!

    August 7, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. stars

    He is not a toxic like the gop.

    August 7, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice to know that he still puts his country first and doesn't get into the politics of running for office. It would have added a lot to the Romney ticket; that would be the military aspect, foreign policy and command understanding of the military and espinoge needs of the country.

    August 7, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |