April 6th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
10 years ago

West open to VP possibility

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida would consider joining the ticket with the Republican nominee this fall if asked, the congressman said Friday.

"(My family) has always stepped up to the plate to serve our country, and if it's the right thing, then I will do so. But I really doubt that would ever happen," West said on CNN's "Newsroom."

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The idea of a Romney-West ticket was floated earlier this week by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Her sentiments were echoed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has repeatedly shot down the idea of being a 2012 runningmate, herself.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Allen West • Florida
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Great military experience and a good head on his shoulders. Definitely worh consideration.

    Now queue up the libtard attacks about not being a real black and an Uncle Tom. Because we all know all real blacks are Democrats. It is truly nice to see that some have made it off the Democrat government dependency plantation. Alan West is a great example for all young men.

    April 6, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Bill

    Don't hold your breath Allen. Sarah Palin has a better chance of being asked than you. In all likelihood, you are gone after November elections, thank goodness.

    April 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    I don't think it's wise for freshmen legislators to run for high office. The results could be disasterous.

    April 6, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. roscoe

    Allen West as Mitt Romney's VP? That would definitely take the Tea Party vote from Obama. Since 99.9% of them are going to vote for Romney anyway, West might get him another 3 votes across the country. I doubt West could deliver Florida in the general election.

    April 6, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. curious

    If this guy is picked to be the republican vice presidential candidate, it would be a bigger joke than Clarence Thomas.

    April 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. AreYouJoking

    Sarah Palin suggested WesT??? As they say, first rate people support first rate people – second rate people support third rate people.

    April 6, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Oh dear.

    April 6, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    This is a joke right? No one is selecting your Uncle Tom behind to be their VP. Well, let me take that back. You are in the republican party and they'll do anything to try and win ala Sarah Palin.


    April 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Steven Colo

    What would be the point? Blacks traditionally vote Democratic, and West won't change that. He might deliver Florida, but that's it. Romney needs a LOT more than just a single state from his VP candidate. CNN has once again made the mistake of taking seriously something Palin said.

    April 6, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Taran

    Fair is Fair
    I don't think it's wise for freshmen legislators to run for high office. The results could be disasterous.
    Agreed, look at the damage Obama has done when going from freshman senator (spending more than half his time campaigning instead of performing his duties) to president.

    April 6, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. anotherGDlefty

    Well truth and anything but the truth, I won't call Mr. West any of the things you suggest us democrats should call him.

    Instead, let's focus on Taji, Iraq and how his military career ended, you know, in total disgrace.

    Only people that will be hammered resign rather than face the music. It's tried and true and the last refuge for scoundrels.
    So based on the above, he is the PERFECT candidate to be foisted on America by $arah Paylin and Glenn Beck.

    April 6, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Since Romney has successful executive experience he doesn't need to focus so much on a VP with experience to save him from himself, like Obama/Biden. Biden was chosen to soothe peoples fears about putting an inexperienced community organizer with no executive experience in the Whitehouse. And we all know how THAT worked out! Unfortunately even Biden couldn't save use from Obama failed policies.

    April 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. steve

    ok, now the VP clown bus if filling up. first Ryan, now West, who next? they have plenty of ultra right wing nationalist to choose from so they have ample ability to continue to make us laugh.

    April 6, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. kayla

    don't hold your breath, the stiff will not ask you for sure. lol

    April 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Yeah, good luck with that. You embarrassed the Army and disgraced your uniform. Nobody was impressed by you when you stopped in to visit the BC while heading back for your Article 32.

    April 6, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Florida Joe

    Sanatorium is not crazy enough? Anyone that would let this wing nut anywhere near the Whitehouse WOW
    He probably wnats to run as VP because he knows he is going to get creamed in November....ENOUGH of this guy already

    April 6, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. R.I.P. Damon

    Of course libs would see this as a move meant to pander to the African-American vote. Rep. West would be a fine choice for the VP slot based on his own merits and not the color of his skin. He would certainly be a vast improvement over the current one, although that's not saying too much

    April 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. p

    This is a scary dude, who likely won't even get re-elected. Hey, I'd say yes to the VP job, if they asked me, too, Mr. West! FAT CHANCE! I'm sure Hannity is waiting for the day you're voted out of office. Go get a real job.

    April 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. JRinMS

    West does not have the experience to be considered for the job. If this guy had white skin he wouldn't even be in the top 100 Republican choices for VP.

    April 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Jamie from Riverside

    Nobody's going to ask you.

    April 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    Romoney is a greedy self-centered buffoon, and West is an arrogant self-righteous buffoon – sounds perfectly GOP.

    April 6, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    Remember how the RNC thought Michael Steele was the perfect anti-Obama front guy, but then found out he wouldn't swallow all the neo-con dogma. With Palin they thought she could be controlled and were wrong there too.
    And with West's huge ego – would they risk another politically motivated choice?
    Well they're stuck with Romoney aren't they.

    April 6, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. kimberly

    Do these black republicans let themselves be used as tokens by the ultra white right? CLEARLY this man is as qualified to be VP as Palin was. Its a slap in the face that they put themselves out there to be used. Same with Women. Palin was only picked because she was pretty, (in the tammy fay baker republican way) and was a woman. NO OTHER REASON! Same with the last idiot that was picked as RNC chair, Steele. Romney will be speaking ebonics next!

    April 6, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. kimberly

    at fair is fair- your comment is ridiculus, being that Obama was a state senator for MANY MANY years, and did more in those years than this yahoo has done in his entire career... NEXT

    April 6, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Discernment

    Unlike Palin, Allen West:
    [1.] – has an active-duty military background,
    [2.] – can recite a list of books, magazine, and journals he has read,
    [3.] – completed his BS degree and multiple Masters in timely manner,

    But very much like Palin, Allen West:
    [1.] – is supremely hypocritical,
    [2.] – is a very extremely, far-right Tea Party Republican,
    [3.] – consistently spouts out stupid, ignorant, and flammable statements,
    [4.] – consistently sew seeds of divisiveness.

    April 6, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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