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. Chris

    I personally wish Romney was the VP (actually I wish he had won the Republican nomination to be on top of the ticket) as I voted for Romney in the primary. Unfortunately, the ONLY reason Romney did not win the nomination was because he was a Mormon which negated his huge accomplishments as Governor. The press doesn't want to acknowledge what they know is true but is politically incorrect. This is sad, but very true. It is clear this country has major hang-ups with his religion. Even though Romney is heads-and-shoulders above anyone running for POTUS or being considered as a running mate on the ticket he will NEVER be placed on the ticket because of his religion. Again...this is sad, but true.

    Chris – Atlanta, GA

    July 15, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. David

    Howard, you may have posted the most ignorant comment ever. We are all now dumber for reading it. If you are so uneducated on a subject then you probably shouldn't go posting about it.

    July 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Tracy Island

    A Mormon vice president would be great for McCain and the right wing thugs who run the country. If he believes the ramblings of Joseph Smith's imaginative mind then he'll buy anything they tell him....

    July 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. ad

    I am shocked and saddened at the # of bigotted and hateful comments on this board towards Mormons. If you don't like Romney for political or hair-do reasons, so be it...but it makes me sad for this country and for people who claim to be "LIBERAL" – to be so closed minded, predjudice and judgemental about someone's religion. We really are in trouble as a nation in every way: economical and MORAL.

    July 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    Romeny would make a good vp. He could definitely be an A+ to McCain on the economy issue. I also like his stance on immigration. There is probably more vp canidates out there but he should be close to the top.I would have preffered him or Huckabee for president though. I can't stand John McCain , but with one of them as vp i feel the country would be in good hands if anything happen to McCain.

    July 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. david


    July 15, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Bill Brown

    This happens all the time. Dukakis suggested John Glenn would be his running mate and then picked Lloyd Bentsen. Obama is doing the same, and this story is hardly worth coverage. Candidates float names to get reactions.

    Btw – if McCain picks Romney, the only we he could possibly win is if Obama picked Jeremiah Wright as his running mate.

    July 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Jayson

    It would be nice if CNN actually tried to keep the bigoted comments off the boards which contain no truth whatsoever and are not even releated to the subject at hand.

    Ann "Romney gets VP then all the Warren Jeffs of the world will be free to do what they want."- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hasn't practiced polygamy since the late 1800's. Of course if you and every other halfwit on here actually bothered doing a little actual research for yourself instead of regurgitating some cockamamy BS that you read somewhere by someone who has absolutely no grasp on the fact that the Mormon church like every other major religion has splinter groups then you might actually understand how ignorant a statement that was. But I guess ignorance is bliss for the hordes of Americans

    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"

    And people wonder why this country is so divided when people run around and instead of engaging in actual discourse sit back and spew hate filled speech and discourse about people based on their beliefs, religion, and anything else that happens to irk them. Of course that just means that this country really hasn't changed since this has been the case from day one in this country when the Federalist party did everything in their power to silence and villify the opposition.

    July 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. tanner, ca

    The posters on this site are really pathetic. This is the worst moderated board I have ever seen. Talk about one sided... sheesh! Do you delusional people really think that these messages really reflect the views of all Americans? I'll answer that for you, no. All these boards reflect are the views of a handful of nutcases who are preaching to the choir.

    July 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Turning the page

    I can't wait to see Joe Biden slap my former governor Mitt Romney silly in the VP debates!! It won't be pretty folks

    Bush made these words politically incorrect but I just can't help but say; Mcsame, bring it on baby!

    July 15, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    Please pick Romney as VP....that will guarantee a landslide in November.....for Obama

    July 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Brian

    U F:
    I can compliment his business sense and financial accumen but he would never be voted President – this would be his only chance. Do well as VP and command some respect. Some of his policies in MA stunk of posturing for his Presidential run ie Emigration reform
    However, if the guy is given a financial problem and this country has a huge amount of them – I would not want any of the candidates thus far trying to figure them out except Romney.

    July 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Puffin

    I already feel sorry for Romney working for McCain.

    July 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. BILL

    Make Mitt you VP nominee. He is perfect to follow the other illustrious Republican VP's like Cheney, Agnew, Ford, Nixon, Rockefeller.

    July 15, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Johnny

    I'll admit, I'm not for McCain, anyway... but if he gets Mitt Romney as a V. P., I'll actively campaign against him. I'm hesitant to leave the future of this country in McCain's hands, but I'm terrified of giving it to a complete idiot like Romney. There's a very good reason Romney got shut out of the primaries early... and that reason is... his policies! The man has no clue how to run anything, he's incompetent.

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Wisconsin


    We know your issues, the price of jet fuel for our private jets is almost noticeable.

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. jr

    Seems that the possibility of Romney becoming McCains VP choice scares the pants off of a lot of Obama's diehard left wing supporters. Could it be because he too is young and articulate. Or is it, that he actually has more experience both in and out of government then Obama the community organizer/constitutional scholar, who loves to vote present most of the time rather than make a commitment one way or the other?

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. P.H.

    good, Mcbush is going to team up with more big business interests.

    July 15, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Bob from Pittsburgh

    This country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, but as we can see is only a phrase in the constitution, most Americans do not respect freedom of religion, most of them have not read the constitution. Case in point Romney is a “”Mormon”” we should say he is not qualified, or he has the wrong experience etc.. However we concentrate on “”he is a Mormon””, the same goes for Obama “”oh.. He may be a Muslim””… Oh no a Islamic president…!! Just because he father was a Muslim, he mother was not..!!. Most important he is not..!! But if he was then it would be a hinder to most Americans, but you claim is on the constitution we are free to worship whatever church we want to, as long as we don’t run for office..!!

    Gat a grip guys look at the resume, not the church they go to..

    Remember separation of church and state?

    July 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Yes, well McBush would!

    July 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. al



    July 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Lane

    Ann if you knew anything you would know that Romney would punish Warren Jeffs far more than the State has. Jeffs is a polygamist some thing Mitt and all LDS can't stand.
    By the way heres my take on Obama and "change" which has become the leading word of this process, not all change is good. Lets change to higher taxes, less security, all show and no guts, thats "change" and personally I don't want it. How about "improve" as in "improve" our economic position behind someone with a proven track record.
    McCain all the way, unless Obama can prove he has a real plan to improve things, not just change them for the sake of change.

    July 15, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Great – then all us Democrats need to do in our ads is string together clip after clip of Gramps bashing Romney, and Romney bashing Gramps. Things keep looking better for our side and America all the time.

    OBAMA '08

    July 15, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. BILL

    Does Mitt agree with offshore drilling? Probably, but not in Utah!

    July 15, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Romney has a strong background in finance and would be a good VP pick.

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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