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. Bill

    "We are looking into that"...Huh, why is Romneys wife helping choose the VP?

    July 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Bristol

    Maybe pick one of the sister wives for vp

    July 5, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Larry L

    @Investment Advisor

    Shouldn't you be spending your time worrying about your client's investments? That whole career field has sent a lot of folks from retirement to working at Walmart. You might check with Mitt Romney... I hear he knows of some good ways to hide income from taxes and some good offshore investments to help keep wages away from our evil union workers.

    July 5, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Mittens is nuts if he thinks non-Republican women would vote for him, given his flip-flopping on a woman's right to choose to do with her own body as she wishes.

    Another bit of info, to all you ladies out there who would consider voting for Mittens, this is what his faith says about the role of women:

    When a couple marries in the Mormon temple, the husband is given his bride's "secret name." For his wife to spend eternity with her husband and children, the husband must call this name, which she does not know until that time. If the husband doesn't call it, she spends eternity separated from her family.

    That's the kind of power over women that Mittens believes men should have. Think about it.

    July 5, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. BostonBruinsGuy

    What about his Lieutenant Governor, Kerry Healey??

    Oh, that’s right, when he got into office, he sidelined her and relegated her role to something, well, meaningless.

    July 5, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    At the rate Willard is going, he may not be on the ticket post-conventtion. GOP wants a do-over.
    Thanks for Romenycare, in a spirit of bipartisanship, that's a GOP idea I can agree with.

    July 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Khaleeshi

    What are Mitten's answers to turning the country around again? Hmmm – I can only remember him saying President Obama is bad. He can't take a stand on anything and stick with it. Had to wait to comment on the health care ruling until he got Adelson's message down right – but he was too late and now looks even more worthless. Mitten's is just a puppet for the billionaire boys club – just like they want.

    July 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Indie in VA

    For God's sake, please help us make this decision easy and choose Michele Bachmann. She's so, um, memorable.

    July 5, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Rosslaw

    Worked pretty good last time. I think a great idea is to have the female candidates submit to invasive, vaginal ultrasound "tests" for entirely non-medical reasons and put it on online to inspire other women and put to rest the idea that an act which would be considered aggravated rape in any civilized country is not "really" a war on women.

    July 5, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Has anyone noticed the rightwing posting softward has become sadly inane? Their posts in recent days have been reduced pretty much to calling everyone who doesn't share rightwing ideology a "poopy head". Someone should notify the responsible support staff as they definitely need a reboot.

    July 5, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Investment Advisor

    @ Rudy NYC....Thankyou, Rudy, for proving my point! I asked wheres the spin?... and you obliged. Perfect!

    July 5, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. ObamaJoe

    former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice??????????Come on ,,,,,,,,,,,,she is cooler than Mitt ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. sck

    PLEASE pick Bachmann!! PLEASE PLEASE Jeebus let this happen.

    July 5, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Ol' Lefty

    Willard still going to have to debate Obama and actually come up w/ some firm positions on issues. Should be fun. Whomever he picks for VP is not going to change that.

    July 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. ObamaJoe

    Mitt is a nice guy,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but he is too soft,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he can not have a guy stands beside him as a VP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    He can not have a "big brother"style team,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,better to have a "family parents" team,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. PHinMiami

    Romney need a
    +Hispanic (preferably dark skinned, must be born in the USofA)
    +Poor (but works hard)
    +Gun 'Enthusiast' (likes to kill things)
    +Anti-abortion (preferably never pregnant, a virgin, perhaps)
    +Obedient to men
    . . . . . . . . "Good luck with that", -SpongeBob

    July 5, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Eye of Newt

    Ann if what America needed was hope for the 1%, your horses, the Koch Brothers, and Big Oil Subsidies, yeah, Mitt would be our Man.

    But what America needs is hope for.....America, the 99%.

    Go eat some cake.

    July 5, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. DocHollywood

    Mitt will pick whoever he thinks will give hime the best chance to win in November. So if it means that crazy lady Bachman, or even "see it from Russia" Palin, he'll do it. Right now he's weighing pandering the "women" vote (Bachman), versus the "latino" vote (Rubio). And if he thought he could lure enough blacks away from Obama, he'd go for the black vote (Cain). Oh, those GOP'ers...they have a line up of nuts over their waiting to be picked. Of course, they might have to prove their worth in the "Mitten Summer Olympics".....lmao

    July 5, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. ObamaJoe

    why is Romneys wife helping choose the VP?

    Come on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,she don't want to somebody occupy her hubby,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. California Gary

    I think Palin is still available........maybe if they asked her real nice.........what a great team that would be! Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb.

    July 5, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. dnick47

    @ Investment Advisor Please keep talking because the more you rattle on the more Independents will forsake the Republican Party. Like all Repubs, your arrogance defies rationalization ut one, soon hopefully, that arrogance will be you and your Parties downfall. You use arrogance becase you do not have any real talking points. Everything the Republicans put forth is as old a RWR back in the 80's and all of it has failed. Finally, I see that a report show that American retirements are at the bottom of the barrel for the industrailed countries, so it looks like you got rich off the Republican 401k's while your clients lost – typical for a "what's in it for me" Republican.

    July 5, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. ObamaJoe

    have fun ,,,,,,,,,,,,,in this great race,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,for all,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Oh please, please choose Bachmann.

    Obama 2012!

    July 5, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bernie Maddoff was an investment advisor. Most are parasites.

    July 5, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Bill in Florida

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick Michele Bachmann as your VP - or maybe even resuscitate Sarah Palin!

    July 5, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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