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. stephanie

    you can't talk about his time as Gov, you can't talk about Bain, you can't talk about when he ran for ALL those other offices what does he want to talk about? his views? pick one he has had many. different one for each political office he ran for. the healthcare flip is pathetic. his plan in MA was freakn awesome but when they model it at the national it's bad. mitt and annie you truly are worthless individuals. picking a woman will not make you smarter it will only make you look desparate.

    July 5, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. ObamaJoe

    All are written in that book,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,relax and enjoy the show ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

    Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 2012,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 5, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Greg Kells

    I would love to see Condoleezza Rice on the ticket. Of course there's the obvious political angle, but she's also the most qualified. To be honest I'd rather have her as President than Romney. I really don't think he could make a better choice man or woman. She was the saving grace of the Bush Administration.

    July 5, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. jim

    Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear of a presidential candidate looking for a VP candidate who could actually BE president if necessary, instead of just one who can garner a few more votes?

    July 5, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Marla

    Any woman who would call herself a republican would never influence my vote. Those women are only "doing what they are told" and being subservient to men. I do not consider them to be leadership material.

    July 5, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Hehe

    Wow so Ann is helping Mitt vet a VP candidate? She'd make a more accurate co-president than Hillary did for Clinton.
    Maybe she should pull a Cheney and choose herself.

    July 5, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Meki60

    Allen West is a better choice

    July 5, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Browokeil

    That must be a head fake. Didn't they try that women thing before? I already know that it is either Portman or Christie.

    July 5, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Katie

    Let's hope he chooses wisely.. As McCain can tell him, choosing a woman won't necessarily bring in the female vote, and choosing a far-right Christian crazy who happens to be a cute/hot female just might sink his quest for POTUS.

    July 5, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Hillcrester

    Romney is apparently desperate. There are a few women who might help him–Bachmann is not one of them. He needs Gov. Martinez if he is going to get above 25% of the Hispanic vote. She will, however, sensibly refuse.

    July 5, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. jennifer in Houston

    Will she give him some backbone, core priciples and courage to go with them.. That's a tall order for anyone who Mr slip and slide might choose.. I'll go with Obama and Hillary ..

    July 5, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Linda123

    If he puts Bachmann on the ticket, Jon Stewart and Jay Leno will have to lay off half their writers cause the jokes will write themselves.

    July 5, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Puma Girl

    I would love to have Nikki Haley be seriously considered.
    She is intelligent, determined, beautiful and doesn't take any crap – all with a beautiful smile.

    A woman president was stolen from us (Hillary Clinton) but we will settle for a woman VP. I am not sure about Condoleeza Rice.

    July 5, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Brian

    Here is a novel concept: Why not choose the VP candidate who is best qualified, regardless of gender, race or regional residence?

    July 5, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Susan in NC

    "WE've been looking at that.....?", says Ann Rom(o)ney - perhaps she's helping Mr. Flip/Flop keep all his notions straight.

    The Presidency of the United States is not for sale, contrary to Mitt's (mis)understanding.


    July 5, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Undecidedvoter

    Sarah Palin

    July 5, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. hjkrol59

    is he trying to NOT get elected? thats a sure fire way to be assured you wont be pres.

    July 5, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Jewels

    Ann defends her stance by saying her husband has the solution to save this country. First, does she really know the details as to how he'd handle it? And, all the layers involved with the country? She seems like a nice lady but, I don't put much credence in her opinion...

    July 5, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Innkahoots

    He better ask his Karl Rove Magic 8-Ball, That way if he dosent like the answer he can just shake it up and ask it again.

    July 5, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. roy

    With a ton of super pack money, FLIP-FLOPPING, and picking a woman for veep Romney might just be able to buy the presidency and keep his wealthy friends on Wall Street appeased.

    July 5, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Puma Girl

    If Obama had taken a woman as VP instead of the career joke Biden, he might not be hurting as much now.
    What is wrong with having a women VP? Many countries, first world and third, have women presidents and VP's. USA is way behind the mind set. If you idiots had voted for Hillary Clinton, the last 4 years would not have been a Hopey Changey pipe dream.

    Please don't screw up again. We cannot afford another 4 years of this Fairy Tale Hopey Changey dream !!!

    July 5, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. roy

    RoseAnn Bar would be a good VEEP for Romney plus she could sing the National Anthem.

    July 5, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Paladin Knight

    For all of you Republicans cheering this news, let me remind you of this. WOMEN ARE NOT STUPID AND WILL SEE RIGHT TRHOUGH THIS!!!! All this talk of Romney seeking a female as his running mate shows how scared they are of the female vote in this country by pandering to them with a move like this. He had better not even think about choosing either Palin or Bachmann. Charlie McCarthy had smarter dummies than those two combined. Rice is going to be frowned upon because of her intimate ties to the George W. Bush regime. He had better find someone other than these three that no one knows about with some semblance of compassion and intelligence or he can kiss his presidential hopes goodbye.

    July 5, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. caesarbc

    Heck – it might as well be Sarah Palin then, if he is interested in reproducing the exact same losing ticket as Mccain!

    July 5, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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