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. Liz the First

    So the women of this country will forget all about the repugs' war on women? so we'll forget that the repugs are promoting state-mandated rape by medical instrument of any woman who dares to want to exercise her right to choose? don't think so, Mittens. we're really not that stupid, at least the non-republizombie women aren't.

    July 5, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. nancyd

    Oh I really hope he does...Would be the smartest thing he did for his campaign....Then we will most certainly get President Obama again...Hip Hip Hurray!!!!..Let's say it again...Shall We!!!

    July 5, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. vc

    Ok, Mr. President,
    It's time to drop goofy VP Biden and bring Hillary into the mix. If you don't, you'll lose the presidency. There, I've said it!

    July 5, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Mike

    Meg Whitman?

    July 5, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |

    Team China ,one of romneycares biggest supporters . Go Obama ,I'm voting for you .who cares if pla contrbutes to romney the clowns campaign . The peoples liberation army of communist China .

    July 5, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Ins1te

    @ MNTaxpayer
    The perfect solution would be to clone Mitt himself. Then he could be on both sides of every issue at the same time.

    Best comment yet! Sad thing is if this were possible, Gov 47th in job creation would do it.

    July 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. craig

    Rice, while definitely intelligent, comes with significant baggage. I can easily see the questions focusing on Richard Clarke's briefing about bin Laden right at the beginning of the Bush administration...long before 9-11. She basically just ignored the whole thing, and that would be tough to explain. It would also tie Romney more closely to Bush, which I think is probably a bad thing in general. However, it's his call...good or bad.

    July 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Jim

    I have to shake my head in utter disbelief when I see Condoleeza Rice mentioned as a potential VP. This woman is as complicate as Cheney, Rove and Wolfowitz in creating the campaign of total untruths and distortions of facts that led us to attack Iraq. Look at all the good, honest young American military personal who were killed, wounded and maimed as the result of their lies. The four of them ought to be locked up for life, or even more appropriately, strapped to Old Smokey and given a thousand volts.

    July 5, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Tom

    Willard Romney will have to pick someone more conservative than he is for his running mate. In other words he is forced into making a mistake. If somehow he is elected, he appears to be a person who will be forced into making mistake after mistake by the right-wing of his party–he is destined to be a failure, win or lose.

    July 5, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. John P. Tarver

    Romney/Rice in 2012
    just say yeas to Dr. King's(R) Dream.

    July 5, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Anil

    That's not going to happen. He will select a man. Ann did not say yes or no, she said "she would like that option, so he is looking at many options..." That was an exit from the real answer...

    July 5, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. jjmarm

    Ann Romney should be chosen; he looks to her for all his answers anyway.

    July 5, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Cecil Thunder

    Here's another Mitt-flop: In June 2006, with the political shoe on the other foot, then-Governor Romney gave a news conference claiming credit for "turning things around" in Massachusetts, even though economic growth was slow. What he said then sounds a lot like what Democrats are saying now. Here's the video:

    Mitt is the worst political opportunist in years. Conservatives who think he shares their values and beliefs are kidding themselves.

    July 5, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. mark

    i think if Mitt Romney picks a woman for VP it will be Kelly Ayotte, senator from New Hampshire.

    July 5, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. NameKen

    Usually choosing a running mate that covers a geography or demographic you are weak in is a smart idea (I.e. a woman from the northwest...) but I'm not sure that is the remedy that Romney needs.

    July 6, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. Anthony in Memphis

    it doesn't matter who he chooses. He is not going to win! Thankfully.

    July 6, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  17. joeydg

    You people who are scared of Palin – chill out. You know that if Mitt Romney chooses a woman, Obama will drop Biden and choose a woman too.

    Left-wing MSNBC campaign will certainly treat anybody awful – it doesn't matter how good they are. Our job is to ignore MSNBC and encourage our friends to see that MSNBC isn't real news too.

    July 6, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Che Harden

    The Base of the party doesn't want a woman.Can you imagine if a woman had the opportunity to become POTUS,they would go nuts.The problem with the political process is the old guard[the older white male]are afraid of losing its power.The GOP won't ever truly want a woman but will deceive the people to win.

    July 6, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  19. midas

    You need Hilary Clinton to have half a chance.

    July 6, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  20. John the Historian

    Willard go use the Mormon Anna Eliza Webb Brigham Young's 19th wife who divorced him. Or why doesn't Willard use one of the wives of the estimated 20,000 to 50,000 polygamists out Wife and this is a Brigham Young University estimate. I am sure prophet Wilford Woodruff would approve one of those hidden wives they marry in their secretive temples non-mormons can't go into.

    July 6, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  21. TruthHurts

    It doesn't really matter. We don't elect the president anyway

    July 6, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  22. Anonymous


    July 6, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  23. Coolpants McKickass

    Isn't it just as bad as not choosing a running mate because she's a woman to choose one just for that fact? I think he should take applications, look only at the applicants' qualifications, and be unaware of their gender or ethnicity. It'd be a much bigger step towards equality, in my opinion.

    July 6, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  24. Fred

    This is obvious a political stunt to attract female voters. The thing about Romney is that he is an awkward person in general, e.g. putting his dog on the roof, wearing a Michigan police uniform... in Cali, harassing janitors at his rich high school Crambrook.

    The reality is no one will win come this election when the choice is this fake or kill-list drone attacking Obama, we all lose.

    July 6, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  25. Name Terry

    H. Clinton will change party's to get a VP spot and Bill would be right behind her.

    July 6, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
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