April 4th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Former Romney backer warns McCain not to pick him for VP

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/04/art.nomitt.cnn.jpg
caption="Conservative activists are speaking out against a Romney spot on the GOP ticket."] (CNN) - Conservative leader Paul Weyrich – who endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential bid – has signed on to an open letter from more than two dozen movement activists to John McCain warning him not to select the former Massachusetts governor as his VP pick if he expects their support.

"If Governor Romney is on your ticket, many social conservative voters will consider their values repudiated by the Republican Party and either stay away from the polls this November or only vote down the ticket,” they write in a message posted online by a political action committee called “Government is Not God.”

The letter – topped by the headline “NO Mitt” - will run as a print ad in cities visited by McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, beginning with his Arizona stop this weekend.

The group includes supporters of Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee like activists Gary Glenn and Janet Folger, along with conservatives who have long criticized Romney for his past stands on issues like abortion.

Weyrich endorsed Huckabee after Romney left the race. The activist’s opposition to the former governor marks a complete reversal from his position as recently as last month, when he told the National Journal that McCain was unlikely to select Romney as his running mate – but that he should.

"If he selects somebody bad from our point of view, it's going to be very difficult," he told the magazine. "It will reinforce prejudice against him. If he selects somebody pretty good, it'll be moderately helpful.... It would help if he selected Mitt Romney, but he won't."

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Conservative4Life

    Go flat-earthers!!!

    ... go away that is

    April 4, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. MK in Arizona

    I think Romney would absolutely be the best VP for McCain. This group of sore loser Huckabee supporters that are running this ad are showing the lack of character that Huckabee and his clan showed during the primary. I went to voice my opinion on the petition in favor of Romney and they did not post my comment. on the website and according to other commentors their views were also eliminated from the petition. How sad that people can't worry about supporting who they want to but instead try to sling mud at those they want to discredit. How sad.
    McCain/Romney in 2008!

    April 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. jennifer

    If Mccain picks romney I will go OBAMA

    April 4, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Farren Ballanst

    ***typical voter**

    If you truly are typical, God help us. "If up is not available, I pick down. If I can't have left, I'll take right."

    Bottom line: It doesn't matter who McThuseleh picks–if he picks a moderate quasi-Republican like Lieberman, the right will abandon him; if he picks a right-winger like Huckleberry, the independents will walk away.

    Anyway, why would anyone vote for a Keating Fiver whose wife stole drugs from her own charity?

    April 4, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. kathleen

    To the Poor McCain voters.

    If you don't vote Democrat, you will be poorer. Dirt Poor. McCain
    don't care about you. You are fooling yourself and hurting your family.
    And our Soldiers. You fool!!!! or fools? How many fools do we have
    here???? Idiots?

    Obama 2008

    April 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The first mistake was picking John McCain over Mitt Romney who is far more superior intellectually.

    April 4, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Teddy

    There are some people pushing for selecting Romney. I do not think McCain is excited in the choice. Now, he will have excuse not to select Romney. McCain is more interested in the governers or former governers of Florida, Penn, Minnesota, etc. All those people are very close to him and they are considered to be qualified to be the President, and they will be helpful in the swing states.

    When did liberal become a dirty word? I hope Obama (or Clinton, but she won't) can openly defend liberalism which means progressive. Even though I will possibly pay thousands of dollars more taxes under Obama, but I can vote for him if he can argue clearly why we need liberalism.

    Conservatism was a dirty word 40 years ago.

    It is time to have a true conversation of liberalism and Conservatism.

    April 4, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Dan, NJ

    Wow, a way to silence the very vocal social conservative minority. That would be great. However, I agree with Anabelle Lee that Crist makes the most sense.

    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Cori

    Oh my goodness. They are behaving like Democrats. Suck it up boys. I'm not going to vote for him, wa, wa, wa,wa....

    McCain needs someone to the right of him, but not too far right as to scare off the independents. he needs somebody people would trust as president, because of his age. This is not scary, make the constitution match the bible, Huckabee. He needs somebody not connected to Bush. He needs somebody good on the economy and he needs somebody who can possibly help him with a swing state, like maybe MI. Romney is the guy, so stop whining.

    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Amy Jacobson

    Jay Shah, what planet do you live on??? Obama for fiscal conservatives????????

    April 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Jayson

    What planet do these goons live on that they would actually think that McCain will listen to them is pretty dumb. This is of course members of the same group of people that predicted McCain would lose in the primaries so he would be out of his mind to listen to them. Of course they probably also think that Huckabee is a good choice even though he is clueless on all the important issues unless someone takes the time to inform him on foreign policy and other importance.

    April 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Sean

    I think he should go all out and pick Cheney or Jeb Bush. I mean, why NOT go out with a bang?

    April 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    mitt romney IS president

    April 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Cosmo

    Unite the party? Who gives an F about the party? Why can't McCain just select the guy who thinks will do the best job? And since when does this guy's vote count more than mine? Why are these stupid politicians so polarizing on their own?

    Where's the common sense party? Because it certainly doesn't exist. America, you're a laugh and a half.

    And I'm a white, male, 25 year old Republican who is voting for McCain.

    April 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Anita in NC

    Now what does this article really say about the GOP?

    Republicans are no different than the Democrats!

    Swill, swear and swagger but do not expect any sweat.

    April 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. judy

    If McCain runs against Obama,I believe he will win no matter who his vice presidential candidate is.

    April 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. AJ

    It's time that McCain told the social conservatives (hate filled Bible banging bigots) to go to Hades!! If McCain wants to pick up the votes of independents and cross-over democrats, he does not need a hate monger for VP. The social conservatives will not vote for a democrat but many moderate democrats and most Independents would vote for McCain. Especially if Obama is the nominee. Clinton voters will be crossing over in droves. The so called social conservatives and religious right have ruined the Republican party.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Mike Kaplan

    You people are all (well, mostly) hilarious.

    First of McCain isn't going to win, no matter who he picks as his running mate. Republicans have made such a complete mess of just about EVERYTHING that they're definitely going down this time (good riddance!) Second of all, these extreme conservative and theocrats who think they can dictate to McCain who should be his running mate need to wake up and face the fact that their moment of power is running out. Less and less of the country identify with the extreme religious right, and their power as kingmakers (which was always overrated) is getting smaller all the time.

    Good riddance to all of you. I hope you enjoy the next 8 years of Democratic administrations almost as much as I have enjoyed 8 years of your side's excuse for leadership- that is, not at all.

    April 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. KTX

    That would be an insane choice! We'd have a man that belongs to a church that won't allow black members. But then again, one of the Democrat nominees, is one where any race but black would be afraid to attend!

    I don't think Condi Rice is on the short list, which would be the only person, that might give McCain a chance.

    I'm a Democrat, will become Independent because, I don't agree with much either party stands for anymore.

    McCain, is a very respectable man, who's no longer at the top of his game. While I'm sure, the Super Delagates, can't wait to have a Rooky Senator they can manipulate any way they want. America it seems is going to nominate, a racist, who has gone to Radical lengths to embed himself firmly in one race over another. While this isn't againslt the law, and is a basic American Freedom, I wouldn't vote for someone who affiliated with David Duke, or Jerimiah Wright. Their one and the same. While the Clintons have made huge mistakes, that comes with vast experience. Someone with no experience, will have fewer, mistakes, as is the case with BO. We are just barely starting to learn about him, and some of his Radical Choices, and extreme racial preference are what I call Presidential material. We do know the Clinton's, and they aren't with out flaw, but
    we do know they are BOTH Loyal, Proud, and Proven Americans,
    WE ALL KNOW CAN.....bring this country back from a war torn economy, and restore our respect internationally and have worked their entire lives for ALL THE PEOPLE, not for the supremecy on one race. That is what I call a RESUME FOR THE PRESIDENCY. WAKE UP ALL YOU EDUCATED OBAMA FANN'S.

    April 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. John

    Ah now its time for the GOP to implode this is going to be good. Get out your check book all you rich time to pay up.

    April 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. kathleen

    No one Republican will do.......They are all crooked Politicians.
    Romney, Mr. Rich guy. Cheney, got rich off the war. McCain, just dumb.
    Lieberman, changed party for trips. Graham, coatail hanger on.......
    Bush..........crook. Republican party going down the tubes.............

    Obama 2008

    April 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Gilbert

    I hope & pray he picks Mike Huckabee, HE is a Man of Faith.
    HE is really the only one.
    Mitt, is a great guy, but not Christian, since Mormons are NOT

    April 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Chris

    This is weird, I'm a Hillary supporter now and a liberal generally, but I always liked Romney. If McCain picks Romney as a VP and they run against Obama, unless Hillary's is Obama's VP which I don't think would happen, I'd be way more likely to vote for McCain/Romney than if it were another VP, and I'd find myself on the fence about who to vote for. I don't know what the opposition to Romney is about. He's not socially conservative enough? If Ann Coulter likes him, how bad can he be? (Note that that last question is directed at the conservatives.)

    April 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Fred

    Mitt who? Mc Cain who? Total loosers same as the amateur from IL!


    April 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Tim

    The only reason is because he is Mormon. That's typical of right wing radicalist to use discriminatory tactic.

    April 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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