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. carrie hussein obama


    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. mike

    That would give the final nudge for my vote.
    It would no longer be settling for McCain. It would be voting for
    a ticket that will address the economy and foreign policy.

    July 15, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Yeah, pair the "hey I'm a hero and deserve to be president" with the "never served never will me first" Romster. If these Bozos win it will be "Goodbye to the US....hey you all things must end"

    July 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Roberto

    I lost all respect for Romney when, while he was campaigning in Michigan, told those voters that he get get all the jobs in the auto industry back by "getting rid of all the regulations". If anyone is stupid enough to believe that... well they probably voted for Bush twice.

    Yes, lets bring back steel dashboards, the pinto, get rid of catylitic converters, seat belts, smog controls etc.. That will really help America.

    Oh yes, make him McCains VP. THat will surely seal his fate.

    July 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. mickey

    The idea of America being America is the right to CHOOSE, and not have it shoved down our throats. I do think it's ironic that Obamoron chastises America for not knowing two or three languages and by his own admission knows English only. What a dufus.

    July 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Brian

    I lived in MA and I think Romney tried way too hard to appeal to the hard core conservative element. It put all moderates off. Romney is very capabale but not so much likeable. I think a McCain/Romney ticket would be very balanced and a really good choice for this Country. It would seal my decision to vote Republican.

    July 15, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. u funny

    is he giving Romney a compliment?
    Couldn't figure it out

    July 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. AntiRomney

    By Susan Jacoby...
    According to a 2006 survey by National Geographic-Roper, nearly half of Americans between 18 and 24 do not think it necessary to know the location of other countries in which important news is being made. More than a third consider it "not at all important" to know a foreign language, and only 14 percent consider it "very important."

    That leads us to the third and final factor behind the new American dumbness: not lack of knowledge per se but arrogance about that lack of knowledge. The problem is not just the things we do not know (consider the one in five American adults who, according to the National Science Foundation, thinks the sun revolves around the Earth); it's the alarming number of Americans who have smugly concluded that they do not need to know such things in the first place.

    Call this anti-rationalism – a syndrome that is particularly dangerous to our public institutions and discourse. Not knowing a foreign language or the location of an important country is a manifestation of ignorance; denying that such knowledge matters is pure anti-rationalism. The toxic brew of anti-rationalism and ignorance hurts discussions of U.S. public policy on topics from health care to taxation.

    July 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Colin

    Worst-case scenario: McCain is elected, dies in office, and we have this lunatic for a president.

    July 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. America for Obama

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

    Dear "PJ4521",

    Can you please explain the difference between the two?

    July 15, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Tim

    Romney will be the next great American President – even if we have to suffer through 4 years of BIG GOVERNMENT and HIGH TAXES with Obama.

    With the economy as our #1 issue, we need a leader who understands the way the market works. Barack, Hillary, and John all falter in this area. Barack is still getting his mind around basic tax principles. Yes, the guy is a great speaker...but lacking the fundementals!

    With our serious consideration of Barack and Hillary, we've communicated to the world that America is accepting of differences in physical appearance – Romney also brings about a sign of religious freedom. No longer would terrorists be able to get away with that Islamic/Christian divide that they've wedged in the minds of many.

    I'd have to hold my nose as I swallow the McCain pill – cause I know it's good for me - but add Romney to the mix and we've got some promise for some tangible international and economic policy reform.

    July 15, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Fair and Balanced

    Just because Romney says that America needs to remain America does not mean he is not thinking about becoming a smarter nation and looking towards the future. People who think that are ignorant. Romney has proven in the private sector that he is innovative and intelligent. He hasnt used government like the liberals to make his money. Oh, and how many languages does Obama speak? I know that Romney speaks at least English and French, so If anyone has reason to tell the American public to learn more than one language its him. He just doesn't cause he understands the American people and doesnt want to talk down to voters like Obama.

    July 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Perla

    Mitt might look good on camera but his ideas are as ugly as McSame's:
    bad for workers,
    bad for women,
    bad for the sick and uninsured,
    bad for the most vulnerable,
    bad for the rest of the world, and
    bad for the environment.

    July 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Michelle

    I hope so. We need a strong President & V.P. God help the USA if Obama is elected.

    July 15, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Mark

    Obama definitely needs to step his game up when it comes to specifics. While I don't care for 4 more years of the GOP, I don't care to chance my livelihood on "hope". Enough of this touchy-feely crap. Let's get real!

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. John

    "Mitt Happens"

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Steve

    I don't dislike Romney because he's a Mormon. I dislike him because he's a creepy hack who for all the world seems like a shady used car salesman.

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Marie from Michigan

    Listening to Obama is like watching paint dry–the same color every time–get me a teleprompter so no one can see my eyes as I make my speeches.

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. BABA

    I think if he was good he wold won the GOP nomination at the first place.

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. BILL

    Jay in DC is right. The GOP can be summed up in three lines.
    l. "Gee, you lost your job?
    2. "That's too bad."
    3. "you're on your own."

    July 15, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Steve

    Yes the economy is the major issue right now.....all the more reason to have as VP the ONLY person during the debates who called for energy independence within 10 years – Mike Huckabee

    July 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Wisconsin


    As disconnected as we can be.

    Doesn't every American make 250,000 or more a year?

    July 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Phil, FL

    This is the man McCain will select as VP.

    He couldn't win the nomination, but when (not if) McCain is unable to be Prez, this mormon will be the selected one.

    How to stop that? Do NOT put McCain in the POTUS position.

    Do NOT vote for McCain – there are at least 2 or 3 other choices. Choose wisely. No More Bush. No McCain. NO ROMNEY SELECTION.

    CNN will not allow this post.

    July 15, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Obamalism

    At least there would be 1 person on either ticket an economic background.

    We've got one candidate with military experience and another with...campaign experience? We're in deep trouble...

    July 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Bill

    Good choice. The most straight talking conservative candidate outside of Barr. This would be a good move for McCain, as this was the choice of the fundimental conservative base. However, it may not help with the social conservative base, who Obama seems to be courting. It's either Huckabee or Romney and both bring thier respective segments.

    July 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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