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. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Romney would be a great VP, has Experience in economy.

    July 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Another good ole boy that will help to further ruin this country. BTW Mitt, America ain't america anymore your repug pres and buddies have seen to that. This country is a sham and we all know it.

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Obama Supporter from FL

    Why does Mitt Romney always smile like a beauty pageant queen while he attacks Obama? It's disturbing – like how Bush smiles awkwardly when talking about the war.

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. PU

    Interesting. Here are your men, PUMA, the Mormon man and the man who voted against equal pay.

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. nat

    Romney is okay. But Huckabee is better

    July 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Jamaal Kansas

    This mormon need to go to a sect and sit down somewhere who is he to critize anyone especially Obama when he lost his Primary to and old gezzer

    July 15, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Ms. RDS

    But wait...the other day your campaign told us not to listen to the surrogates, that we should just listen to you. I guess you praise Romney b/c your other surrogate went blank Sunday when asked what the differences btw. your polices and GWB's polices were...we're still waiting for that answer. 😉

    July 15, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Becky

    Just another reason not to vote for McCain.

    July 15, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Bob

    This duo is really scary. An unholy alliance, watch out USA.

    July 15, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. NPA

    So I guess that means Romney spoke for McCain when he called nuclear nonproliferation a liberal issue - in an attempt to belittle Sen. Obama's bipartisan work on the issue. So where does McCain stand on nuclear nonproliferation? Where would a VP Mitt Romney stand on nuclear nonproliferation?

    July 15, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Patty

    I didn't vote for Romney the first go around and I won't vote for either McCain or Romney if that becomes the "package"!!

    July 15, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Kasey

    This news will go a long way helping the McCain winning process. We need to get out of the slump we are in economically. The world needs to get out of the slump they are in because of our problems. It will help put us back on top of the heap. We need the respect of all the worlds top leaders again. A decisive no nonsence leader will do this for us.

    July 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Rob

    why not, i am not a big fan of Romney (not just because he is a mormon) but if that helps McCain... why not.

    Rob from NC

    July 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Romney Welcome to the 21st Century

    America staying America is just fine but that doesn't mean we have to be the same America as we were 50 years ago. Being stagnant gets you know where and we are going to look stupid watching on the side lines while other countries in our global community can interact with each other and we are too busy just trying to stay American.

    July 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Joe the Troll

    What is it about Americans becoming more educated and knowing more about the world that scares you. Mitt?

    July 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Greg, NY

    "He does a better job for me than he did for himself, as a matter of fact."

    I think he does a better job for you than you do for yourself.

    July 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Denise Groves

    As oppose to Phil "we are a nation of whiners" gramm's skills?
    The man's an idiot!! I've heard him on TV acting as a surrogate. Thank God Obama will win in November.

    July 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Nicole in NE

    Didn't Mitt say that disarming nukes and global warming were only LIBERAL issues?

    yeah – he's awesome

    Obama 08'

    July 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Joan

    Romney is an AAAAAAAAAAAA. You put two and two together.

    I don't want this viper anywhere near my White House. McLame deserves a snake for a running mate. They will not win. Romney is as plastic as McLame's trophy wife.

    July 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. mk

    Run, Mitt, run. See Mitt run..........

    July 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Fav, Colorado

    I wasn't planning on voting at all. BUT if Romney is the VP i wil cast my vote in for McCain/Romney in a heartbeat.

    Otherwise, there ain't no chance of me voting this November.

    PS. America must stay American – any foreign ideas (ie those of Obama) depict his lack of patriotism!!

    July 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Got Cult?

    McCain needs to get in on some of that fake tan crap face boy is using.

    July 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Wisconsin

    How many of Romney's kids went to war in Iraq now that his is not running for President?

    That was the excuse, they couldn't go because Daddy was running for President, So how many went to Iraq now?

    No War No McWar

    No War No McWar

    July 15, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Marge

    It doesn't matter who John selects, he's not going to win. The country is hungry for change, and John McCain and Mitt Romney are the polar opposites of change. They will change their addresses, but not much else.

    Barack is the new leader for a new America. I can't wait to vote for him and his lovely wife Michelle. The two of them will make us proud.

    America 08

    July 15, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Ann

    Romney gets VP then all the Warren Jeffs of the world will be free to do what they want.

    July 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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