July 15th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
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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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  1. Michelle

    I really hope he picks Mitt. I was pulling for Mitt from the beginning, and if the ticket is McCain/Romney, I will wholeheartedly back it.

    July 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. MikeH

    Have any of Mitt's sons volunteered for service in the Military to show their patriotism? Or are they all out in their magic underwear making money selling cult snake oil for their daddy while wearing flag pins?

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Knock Knock

    Knock, knock....
    Who's there?
    Itsa who?
    It's a Phil-Gram-STOP WHINING AMERICA!

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Herman in LA

    Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. pj4521

    The M & M ticket....Moron and Mormon

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. AB


    You are already fighting the 'age' issue – now you want to fight the 'cult' issue as well?

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. timber

    LOL, Obama MUST think America is dumb! During the primaries, when it suited him, he was portraying himself as swimming in cash and the financial warlord!! Now, he decides it makes him look better if he is the underdog, so he is trying to convince us he is the financial underdog!! My head is spinning. If he is not a flip flopping politician then nobody is.

    July 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Oh, please! McCain you can do better than that! He will lose the election for you. Democrats will go back to Obama rather than accept Romney as your VP.

    July 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Mitt Romney, the guy who eeked out a 3rd place finish behind Mike Huckabee and MCain, hs the nerve to criticize Obama?! Yeah, that will be a great ticket...Romney will reinforce how old and out of touch McCain is everytime he stands next to him.

    July 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. agnes

    Mitt Romney would be a disaster as Vice President. We simply cannot afford to have a Mormon in that position. I suggest everyone read the book "Under the Banner of Heaven". That will be reason enough not to have Romney as VP.

    July 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Ann

    Romney wants to be President someday. The mormons really want to rule the world.

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Hurting me bad !!

    This economy is hurting me so bad that dead or alive, injured or healthy: I will vote AGAINST REPUBLICANS this Nov.
    Most of my hard earned money is lost in my bonds and I have to be ready to be fired anytime.

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. meiko

    Romney is a great choice. So is Clinton. The parties would go a long way to forge policies that promote unity and force "bitter intraparty foes" to work together by adopting the following simple Rule:

    The person who garners the second most delegates would automatically be the vice-presidential choice of the party.

    This would completely change the tone and also the approach to the primaries. This would lead to McCain-Romney vs. Obama-Clinton. This mini-parlimentary approach would generate for America voters choice for their president and vice-president rather than the childest typically America attitude that only the winner counts. No, Obama is not a bit better than Clinton and McCain is not a bit better for president. Both Romney and Clinton are just as qualified for president. Once the competing parties realize that they have to work together to win the White House post primaries, their ludicrous position shifting, anything goes attitude in the primaries would change.

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Steve

    Geez, talk about a twisted ticket. Really should be the other way around with Romney at the helm and McCain playing second fiddle.

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Texan007

    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

    Interesting how many lefties call Bush and men like Romney idiots. I wonder how many of those lefties have degrees from Harvard or Yale or have founded investment firms?

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Mitt makes sense for McCain as VP. He's very articulate and will be a very good sounding board on economic issues. Even Mitt has way more experience and know how to run this country than the great speech giver, Obama.

    July 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. JO

    What a GREAT ticket McCain/Romney '08 !!

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. nickelsm@moodys.com

    "Make sure America stays America", meaning we be monlingual idiots?

    Shouldn't America stand for excellence. Shouldn't we have leaders that demand excellence from us?

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. NewYorker Magazine Rocks

    Anything is better than Obama.

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Mary

    McCain has lost his straight talk in this campaign. So why not add the KING of Flip Flopping!!

    Mitt the Flip Flopper Romney for VP!!!!

    Time to change you slogan McCain!

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Shirl

    I truly think this would be a smart move. Mitt is electable and would
    be an excellent VP. Mitt for VP.

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. d/ny

    I'm employed in the financial sector, and fear that too many people don't understand the depth of the financial crisis this country is in. Who cares about Mitts smile; get someone in leadership that understands the ecomony and knows how to make things happen. Like him or not, I'd vote for him because I don't know of anyone better to deal with the serious mess this economy is in.

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Adam

    Good. I doubt you'll see Romney proposed anything as idiotic as almost doubling the capital gains tax and an oil windfall tax. I don't mind Obama but those are some AWFUL economic policies. I'm torn. I agree with Obama on the war but I'm scared of what he would do to the economy.

    July 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Catherine

    What better combination than McCain's military & foreign affairs background plus Romney's economic & businessexpertise?

    I like the sound of it: McCain/Romney '08

    July 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. JD

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

    That's the funniest thing I've read yet today! First, it's on Fox News – can anyone say "pro-establishment, right-wing media " ?

    "America stays America" – what the heck does that mean? In case they haven't noticed, The United States isn't made up of a single, indigenous ethnicity - remember the whole "melting pot" thing? And Obama's point about learning other languages is a good one.

    Out-of-step fearmongers...

    July 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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