Team Romney looking at women for running mate
July 5th, 2012
09:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Team Romney looking at women for running mate

(CNN) – As political chatter over Mitt Romney's choice for running mate gets louder, the presumptive GOP nominee's wife offered a new glimpse into the highly secretive process: the campaign, she said, is looking at women.

"We've been looking at that," Ann Romney said when asked in a CBS interview whether her husband should select a woman to join him on the GOP ticket. "I'd love that option as well. So, you know, there's a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.

Ann Romney's comments, which aired Thursday, came during a July 4th interview taped in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The Romneys, alongside New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, marched in the town's parade.

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Ayotte, the Granite State's junior senator, is one of several of female politicians that could be on Romney's vice presidential list. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have all been mentioned in the media as potential running mates for Romney.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has not been frequently discussed as a potential contender, left it up to the presumptive GOP nominee and his team to make a comment when asked about the process in an interview on CNN Monday.

"Well, that's something for the campaign to answer on," she said on "Piers Morgan Tonight." "That's not for me to make that decision, and that announcement."

Ann Romney said in the interview Wednesday she had a few names on the top of her list of potential running mates.

"I like to think that I have a few that I really like a lot," she said.

Speaking about Democrats aiming to re-elect President Barack Obama, Ann Romney lamented what she saw as a brutal tactic to take her husband down.

"I think early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney," Romney said.

The candidate's wife continued: "And I feel like that's not really a very good campaign policy. I feel like Mitt's got the answers to turn this country around. He's the one that's gotta bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time."

Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Terry

    Don't Do It Mitt! It's a trap.

    July 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Sarah Palin Part 2?

    July 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. kenny

    If Rep M. Bachmann is chosen as his running mate, I am confident that the Obama Campaign would give her a full endorsement LOL.

    July 5, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Big D

    It would be hilarious if the Mittwit chose Palin or Bachmann.
    We can only hope.

    July 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Would love to see Condoleezza Rice get serious consideration. She is a very smart lady.

    July 5, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. The fact is

    Romney is a flip-flopper. It doesn't matter what he says, I don't place much trust in his words.

    July 5, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. mikzyspitlik

    Well, Condi Rice is clearly the smartest of the bunch they mentioned, and would probably make genuine contributions beyond being the "first female vice president". However, she would be a terrible choice because she's tainted by being in the Bush administration. The others seem like a bunch of conservative housewife tools...from the suburbs haha.

    July 5, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Roy Snipes

    awww shucks, lets get the mexican and woman vote......go with ole susana

    July 5, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Senor Ed

    If only Mitt could find a flip-flopping black Latino woman he would be all set.

    July 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    How about Jan Brewer??? It suits you, idiot!

    July 5, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. RS, CA

    Do I hear a collective pooping in Liberals' pants?

    July 5, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Sara Palin

    July 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Salty Dawg

    Take Nikki Haley, PLEASE!

    July 5, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. flyfysher

    It will be Palin redux!!!

    July 5, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha round 2 -- didn't learn a thing from McLame.

    July 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Pick palin or backman or both.

    July 5, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. sbssue1

    If it isn't Condi Rice, he should not do it. She has proven her abilities and I don't think any other woman would be prepared to take over if necessary. Mitt, I would not pick a female if it is not Condi.....................

    July 5, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Antique Republican

    Mittens wife says he has what is takes to turn the country around ? Obama has been trying to bring the country out of the republican mess before he came and is only starting to see success... What is Mittens plan ..To reverse all that back to republican dark ages ?

    July 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. CBR

    Mrs. Romney must not be aware of the negative ads and comments that have been made over the lasts three years against President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden.. Our country has fallen into a pattern on railing against the opposition. Mitt Romney has made some statements himself.

    Do those PACs supporting Governor Romney know that Mrs. Romney has a say as to who the candidate will be. Doubt they would give up that power.

    July 5, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. labman57

    Bachmann = Palin 2.0

    July 5, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Muscrat

    He should pick Sarah Palin but he won't. His ego would not allow him to bring in someone that is more intelligent than he is....

    July 5, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. arial2

    Uhmm, the first to take up the "kill Romney" (inflammatory choice of words, Mrs. Romney, though I'm sure you weren't being literal) strategy were his fellow Republican candidates. I'm a Democrat and don't want anyone "killed" over an election. There are too many crazies out there who could take Mrs. Romney's words literally. We've had enough violence and death in American politics throughout our history and I'd prefer the only "fighting" in this election to be verbal debates over political stances. As one who likes to see the best possible choices running for office, I'd be pleased if Condoleezza Rice were Romney's running mate.

    July 5, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Bonnie

    Won't be surprise if Ann Romney is chosen to be Mitt Romney's running mate!

    July 5, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. ObamaJoe

    Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is nothing wrong with a black president, the problem with Obama is that he is not qualified academically and he lacks experience. This is a man that never ran a government office be it state, city and it turns out he had a short 4 year lawyer career and even allowed his law license to expire in 2002 all the while talking about himself as if he were a practing lawyer and turns out he taught part-time at the university and was a community organizer but even that seems part-time. Don't play the race card when our economy is in severe trouble and the man at the White House is in over his head, be he black or white.

    Jesus loves you,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. ObamaJoe

    Michael Bachmann is much better than Sarah Palin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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