July 15th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain praises Romney's surrogate skills; VP stock rising?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/15/art.romney.gi.jpg caption="Romney has said he is interested in being McCain's VP."](CNN) - Is Mitt Romney's VP stock rising?

John McCain's campaign has remained tight-lipped about its vice presidential vetting process, but the Arizona senator appeared to suggest Monday night his former rival would make a very effective running mate.

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"I'm appreciative every time I see Mitt on television on my behalf," McCain said at a fundraising event in New Mexico. "He does a better job for me than he did for himself, as a matter of fact."

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There's no denying the former Massachusetts governor is angling for the No. 2 position on the Republican presidential ticket. He said back in March he would be "honored" to take the position and has been a constant fixture on cable news shows over the last several months - vigorously promoting the Arizona senator's candidacy while sharply criticizing that of Obama.

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Just last week the onetime Republican presidential hopeful said Obama "looks toward Europe for a lot of his inspiration” after the Illinois senator suggested Americans would benefit from knowing more languages.

“I think John McCain is going to make sure that America stays America,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News.

Romney has long been considered a leading VP contender, despite engaging in a bruising and at times nasty primary fight with McCain. The economy has solidly become the dominant issue this election cycle and Romney, who founded the investment firm Bain Capital, brings a sterling business resume - particularly to a candidate who has admitted he lacks knowledge about economic matters. Romney is also a native of Michigan, and could given McCain the edge in that crucial battleground state that the Democrats won in 2004.

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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I'll endorse McCain's decision to select Romney only if Romney cries to get it.

    Come on Mitt, just one little tear-producing screwy face.

    July 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Cheryl

    Take a good long look at Mitt's ever-present smile and ask yourself...would I buy a used car from this man?

    July 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Karen

    It's bad enough that we might be stuck with McCain, but to add
    Romney? Please. Twist while stabbing.

    July 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    Romney Looks more Presidential than McGeezer.

    July 15, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Morningstar

    Romney always works for Romney!

    July 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. People make no sense

    Didn't McCain tour all over the world promoting trade while Obama was in America promoting America?

    July 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Greg

    non-news since it is becoming clear McCain has no shot whatsoever of reaching the White House

    July 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz





    July 15, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. James, Redlands, CA

    Republicans, Neocon, Right wingers can somehow accept a Mormon and all that belief encompases but they can't accept a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and the Resurrection?

    If ever there was hypocracy or a refusal to call prejudice or even racism by it's proper name this is it.

    July 15, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Paul

    Romney is not an economist. He is a business person. Being able to make money is a business does not mean that you have insight into the global economy. Did Bush's business acumen help him? No.

    Also, to the languages thing. Why the anti-Europe stance? Also, it is obvious that knowing another language helps. It is listed as a JOB SKILL on every application. Even Mitt should know that. I'm ashamed of MA having ever elected this phoney.

    July 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. NPA

    Talking about an elitist duo? Both McCain and Romney grew up as rich kids; both are filthy rich; both don't care about the economic woes of average Americans. A government of the elitists, by the elitists, and for the elitists. What a nightmare!

    July 15, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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