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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  1. Jay in DC

    Wisconsin and Bill,

    Surely there is plenty of venom coming from the Republican side as well, I wasn't excusing that. What I was saying is that people need to take a step back and realize that regardless of what side of the political aisle we are on, we need to be level-headed and competent in our disagreements, rather than hurling out baseless attacks and vile smears. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing.. but perhaps we can do it responsibly and recognize at the end of the day, we're all on the same side. At least I hope so

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Anna, SW Missouri

    If McCain picks Romney then Bob Barr is going to get a lot more votes from conservatives. It's bad enough having McCain try to convince conservatives he is one of them, but if he adds Romney to the mix, the flip flopping that the two of them have done for political expediency will make Obama look like a saint. How will McCain be able to argue against universal health care when Romney signed it into law in his state and ran on it? So now he will flipflop on it?

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Ariana

    gahhhh, please dont pick romney!

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If Romney were the candidate I would have voted for him. I will not vote for McBush under any circumstances.

    July 15, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Fromer HRC supporter

    Go Mitt!

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Danh nguyen

    Romney is the only one who looks presidential, the rest looks like a garbage collectors.

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Ted, Washington DC

    With Romney on the ticket the wandering democrats have no chance but the next time around they would probably have to face the Hillary the Hunt and for that Ameri ca would be better. Whether under Romney or Hillary the Hunt ,whatever your affiliations, you would have to admire both of them.

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Fav, Colorado

    KC: well put.

    Bye bye America if Obama is elected!

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Nicole in NE

    KC – yep pretty easy for EDUCATED people to use factcheck.org and snopes to find out everything on your list is pretty much crap or taken out of context to play on people's ignorance.

    Thanks though. The New Yorker is targeting people like you. The same people you believe what Bush and uninformed emails tell you.

    Get a grip

    Obama 08'

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. NoMccain

    Mccain/Rommel = scary.
    I fear for the future of America, only if the majority of the people are dumb enough to vote for Republicans.

    July 15, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Fair and Balanced

    I just hope Obama can "talk down to us dumb people" in more than one language so that his words have value. Hehe.

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Jeanette

    I have no faith in John McCain, or Mitt Romney.
    They are the past – Senator Obama is the future.
    Listen to Obama's speech today – it is brilliant!

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Chris

    I agree with "Ad"...the number of bigots on this msg board is incredible. The sad thing is these bigots "think" and will try to convince everyone / themselves they are "true" Christians. Yeah, right ! They are a bunch of pathetic loser hipocrites!

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. starzzguitar

    If Romney is the vp choice, I would bother to vote. And McCain needs a younger experienced man to back him up, someone who could himself be president. I don't care if he is a Mormon. So what? He is also 100% pro-American. Oh, and don't worry people, no politician is going to continue Bush/Cheney policies, not even Republicans. No one is that stupid. Some of these postings are really bizarre.

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Dave

    Do it.

    This slimeball is so unctious in the public's mind as to guarantee 9% for Barr, 54% for Obama and 37% for McCain.

    July 15, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Guy who lived through the Romney Administration

    So, you hear a lot about Mitt's "Economic expertise" because he was a successful businessman in the private sector. However, I can guarantee you that so far this hasn't translated into his governmental service. When he was Governor in MA, not a family in my hometown of over 21,000 residents didn't lose income and employment.
    Education costs skyrocketed, even compared to the ludicrous inflation rate on that industry in other states, yet even those at the college certainly weren't getting any wealthier.
    Support for police and for state highways plummeted, which may have saved the state money, but there's no tangible evidence of where that money has been spent instead, and no tax cuts.

    Republicans have typically tried to make a case for being tough on enemies to their state's citizens, but the last two years of Mitt Romney's administration had more murders per capita than the state has ever seen, and many of them went unsolved.

    Mitt Romney speaks often of patriotism, of doing the job at hand, and of supporting the people he represents, yet in the last two years of his administration, he spent more time out of the state than in it, and frequently delivered speeches making fun of the very people who elected him.

    Is this the kind of man you want in the White House, in any capacity? It certainly isn't my ideal candidate.

    July 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. David Goldman






    July 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Romney??? Just what we need if you want the country run like a business. Remember, businesses are in business to make money and unfortunately we the people would never see that money. Besides, who wants to live in America Inc.??!!

    July 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Steve

    As a Democrat, PLEASE pick Romney.

    Can't wait to see how this Evangelicals in Texas where I live react when he picks a Mormon. They will go ballistic. Please pick Romeny.

    The poll numbers are actually close here and the Republicans have been bleeding suburban voters. I have yet to see one McCain bumper sticker, but even in Highland Park you see Obama bumper stickers.

    If McCain picks Romeny, Obama might carry Texas. These evangelicals here think he's basically the anti-christ.

    PLEASE pick Romeny!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. MJ

    Or how about...

    McCain/Romney- Because Personal Responsibility Isn't An Antiquated Virtue


    McCain/Romney- Because We Don't Trust That Terrorists Will Simply Leave Us Alone, and Neither Should You


    McCain/Romney- Because We Don't Want to Work in Communes

    Screwing America for the rich, I love it. You can't be serious.

    July 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. M in OR

    From reading these comments, I have to say that what scares me the most about American future is the bigotry, ignorance, and lack of human respect that "Americans" have continued to express during this campaign. I don’t care if you don’t like Romney’s political stance on policy and issues, but when you start attacking someone based on his or her choice of religion, you undermine everything that this nation stands for. Whether one chooses to worship Buddha, practice Mormonism, or decide that religion is not for them, we as Americans should respect that., even if we don't understand it. The issue should not be whether Mitt Romney is Mormon, but whether he has the experience, capacity, and political ideals that America needs. Until we, as Americans, overcome our narrow-minded intolerance, we can never be the free and successful nation that our founders hoped that we would become.

    July 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Obama Supporter from FL

    You know, I don't really like Mitt Romney and I don't trust him, but it's really offensive to me to read all the anti-Mormon comments. I'm not a Mormon, but that doesn't mean that I don't respect and appreciate people of other faiths.

    And get a clue, people – the FLDS is NOT affiliated with the Mormon church. You make yourself sound ignorant when you clearly don't know the facts.

    July 15, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Jennifer, TX

    I didn't realize there were so many anti-Mormon bigots among the Obama supporters.

    So much for "enlightened" Democrats.

    July 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. No McCan't

    re KC
    you have right eye view of things. Let me educate you here. The right eye see a shadow before or if it because an image. Just the war in Iraq there was no threat until we made it a threat.

    1. John McCan’t to advisor Phil “Pimp” Graham supports degrading women when he funded a Porn industry deal that went South.
    2. McCan’t other advisor Charlie “Dirty Money” Black lobbied for Dictators, Rebels and foreign countries where the American jobs are being sanked.
    3. McCan’t sought the endorsement of 2 not 1 but 2 radical and controversial Pastor around Hagee and Parsley.
    4. McCan’t support NO-CHOICE, stating he will overturn Roe v Wade. This clearly states WOMEN will have a Right to their own bodies.

    People Make No Bones About It You have Two distinctively difference Here. The Choices are Clear.

    Obama v McCain
    Change v. Status Quo
    We the People v. My Friends

    Let's Get Ready to Rumble

    July 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. indiePA

    If Romney could be a positive influence on McCain on the subject of illegal immigration, more power to him. Romney has indicated in the past that he is ABSOLUTELY against amnesty for the illegals. He also has more of an economic background than McCain. Now, if he could just get us out of Iraq and keep Social Security and Medicare solvent, I might even vote for them.

    July 15, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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