March 13th, 2008
05:50 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Romney seems interested in V.P spot


Romney made clear Tuesday night he's interested in being McCain's running mate. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's message came through loud and clear to John McCain.

The Arizona senator joked Wednesday he got the impression Romney is interested in the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket after watching a recent interview with the former Massachusetts governor.

"I got that impression from him watching his interview last night, I got that impression," McCain said laughing on his campaign plane in New Hampshire. (Watch McCain's comments on Romney)

The comments follow Romney's interview with Fox News Tuesday night, during which the former presidential candidate said he'd be honored to serve alongside McCain.

“I think any Republican leader in this country would be honored to be asked to serve as the vice presidential nominee, myself included," Romney said. "Of course this is a nation which needs strong leadership. And if the nominee of our party asked you to serve with him, anybody would be honored to receive that call … and to accept it, of course.”

McCain refused to hint at just how seriously his campaign is considering Romney for the ticket, though reports earlier this week said some aides to President Bush are pushing the idea of a McCain-Romney ticket, given the Massachusetts Republican's credentials with respect to economic issues.

But McCain and Romney were bitter opponents earlier this year in the Republican presidential race, and the two men have butted heads for several years. Romney also categorically ruled out being McCain's running mate in January, saying "I’m not going to be any vice president to John McCain either, that’s not going to happen.”

McCain acknowledged he and Romney were in a tough fight for the party's nomination, but suggested the two have put their differences behind them.

"The lesson in politics is that you go forward, not back and so I defend the fact that it was a spirited and tough campaign but the fact is that once it’s over, we share…the same principles and values of conservative Republicans," he said on his campaign bus later Wednesday.

McCain also said it's not necessary for a presidential candidate to be personally close to his or her running mate.

"I don’t think you have a personal relationship, but you have to have a comfortable, professional relationship."

- CNN's Alex Mooney and Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (439 Responses)
  1. John White, Texas

    Is Hillary Clinton in the position she is in now because she is white and married to a former president? What about her claim of experience? What about her claim of being ready on day one?

    Demographic factors play a role in the overall makeup of every individual across this planet. However, some factors are simply minor and never play a major role in a person's success. Sen. Obama’s and Sen. Clinton’s intelligent, education, family support, leadership, vision, public service, and ethical and moral conduct are the factors that matter most. These factors have determined the outcome of the nomination race to this point and will be the defining factors in who wins the nomination and the presidency.

    There is a general mindset of anger and hatred that permeates in contests when money, power, and opportunity are at stake. This mindset encapsulates politics of the past. Frustration and disappointment from losing are but just two catalysts that brings this odious outdated mindset to the forefront. Just pay closer attention to the emergent rhetoric and actions of the Clinton camp. After Sen. Clinton placed third in the Iowa Primary, she began to refer to Sen. Obama as a “just a kid”—code for just a boy. She used a high powered, racially couched, coded term for boy to refer to her Senatorial and Democratic Party peer, her fellow Harvard alum who is a 44 year old man, a man who has traveled the world and served his country well as a community activist, Constitutional Lawyer, Illinois State Senator, and U.S. Senator of Illinois, and man who has more legislative experience than Sen. Clinton.

    The Clinton-Ferraro controversy must be noted. Ferraro’s comments are devoid of merit and are not based on any logical facts. First, Sen. Obama is bi-racial and can be identified as white not black. Ferraro's opinion harkens back to an old, racist mindset that a single drop of African blood makes you black. This connotation, in fact, underpins Ferraro's comments, and it can only be interpreted by most voters as an overt appeal to divisiveness.

    The most alarming issue here is not race. It is the current positions in the nomination race that each candidate enjoys. Sen. Clinton started the nomination race with the advantages of name recognition, money, committed Superdelegates, and an overstated resume. Despite these advantages, it now appears she cannot win this nomination race if she, her husband, and her supporters do not play the race card, fear card, gender card, cheat card, and trick card. Just remind yourself of Sen. Clinton’s endorsement of Sen. McCain as Commander and Chief, her fear mongering 3:00 A.M. advertisement, her erroneous claim of unfair and unequal media coverage, her claim of not having anything to do with the release of a misleading and inflammatory photo, and her appeal to the media to aide her efforts to smear the good name and good works Sen. Obama.

    After she agreed not to campaign in states of Michigan and Florida, now she wants to change the rules of the game and have those delegates seated as is. Sen. Clinton’s claim of tough treatment by the press sums up her conduct in this nomination race. Could her so-called unfair and unequal media coverage be the result of her name recognition, a name steeped in scandals and controversies and bereft of any hint of trustworthiness and truthfulness dating back to Arkansas? Since the outcome in Iowa, the Clinton camp has used political strategies and tactics of the past in dealing dirty cards from the bottom of the deck. But she’s complaining?

    March 13, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  2. Lady in Pantsuit

    It was obvious to me that when Romney dropped out that he was doing so for just that – to be McCain's VP running mate. Both him and Huckabee want the job.

    I say pick anybody that wouldn't have the likelihood of dying in their first term. McCain is older than Methuselah (who died at 969 years of age) so we need someone who will actually be alive on Inauguration Day.

    March 13, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. jeannell hannah

    This would make a very good ticket for the White House. McCain doesn't have a chance without Romney. I'll vote for that.

    March 13, 2008 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  4. Darren Mart

    Oy... it becomes such a quandary when you like one candidate but disdain the thought of his/her potential running mates. Yes, I'm one of those "latte-sipping elitists" who supports Obama, but if Hillary latches onto his ticket I'd take a long, long look at McCain instead.

    That said, should McCain decide to mend fences with the condescending and smarmy Mitt Romney there's no way I'd be on board with them. What's a guy to do...

    Obama needs to find a retired and respected military general to join his ticket. It's hard to imagine the Democrats having a better chance of winning than with that one-two punch.

    March 13, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. Jim

    Sounds like President Bush is already picking who he wants McCain's running mate to be. I thought that McCain would be able to pick his own running mate – but it will show that he is a yes man to the President. Same old stuff- no change.

    March 13, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. AJ

    Pick someone decent John and not too conservative. A nice moderate. Remember – if Obama gets the nomination on the democratic side, you will have many of us Clinton supporters willing to support you. Keeps things moderate.

    March 13, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  7. fefee,ok

    romney, by you trying to beliitle Hillary or Obama is not going to make Mcbush pick u as his running mate.

    March 13, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. Craig

    I don't think that would be a good idea. His concession speech didn't seem presidential. He appeared to be begging for the VP position.

    March 13, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Willie

    I hate Keith Olbermann!!!!

    March 13, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    It really doesn't matter WHO they put in the No. 2 spot. Thanks to eight years of the Bush Misadministration, the GOP will lose big this November.

    March 13, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    They're both dinosaurs: One by virtue of age and the other by virtue of his Herbert Hoover-George W. Bush pro-big business economic philosophy. These are truly desperate times for the Republicans!

    March 13, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. Flora

    Where is the info about the new Governor of New York?

    March 13, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  13. Doug R.

    Grandpa McCain and Mitt?? I don't think so.

    March 13, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  14. Al, NY NY

    If he picks mr plastic-hair, what will all the GOPer's who think Mormonism is a cult do? They already have a lot of trouble with the maverick (which I admire in him) but this sounds like it may cause more trouble than good

    March 13, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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