Team Romney looking at women for running mate
July 5th, 2012
09:11 AM ET
10 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. ejktexas

    I get the feeling that Romney is going to start seeing a real tank in the polls and the GOP hand wringing will commence. The year long "anybody but Romney" campaign should have been more successful.

    July 5, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Willie K.

    Pick a woman, any woman, and all women will vote for him. I mean, that strategy worked so well last time it was tried.

    July 5, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Jack from Illinois

    The only one of the possibles about whom I know anything at all is Rice – and Ms. Mushroom Cloud should never again be considered for any position of significance.

    That is all.

    July 5, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. marjee123

    Go ahead it sure isn't going to work, nothing but another stolen election is gonna help this guy.

    July 5, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Bill

    Yes. The only way Obama can win is with a nucklehead on the Ronmey ticket as several liberals have said.

    July 5, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. EDDIE

    Well I betcha That scholar Sara Palin is available. Wink.

    July 5, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. ConsiderThis

    You can tell by Ann Romney's comments that she doesn't have a clue about what she's talking about. How could she? Not to be unfair to her because of her wealth, but we all have to agree that wealth has a way of insulating a person from the real world, or at least the world that 99% of us experience. Neither she nor Mitt can relate to 99% of the people they wish to govern. We thought it got bad when Bush ran the country off the financial cliff – just imagin what Mitt will do for himself and all of his wealthy friends. I hope America is not stupid enough to let him and his select friends get their hands on the U.S. Treasury. God help us.

    July 5, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Why don't you run Ann? You're a "regular" Amurkin just like hubby. You're about as qualified as any of the other choices which means you are not.

    July 5, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. swodog6289

    The left will trash any female the GOP brings to the table. They claim to be inclusive as long as you drink their form a cool-aide. Funny how they attack, demean and generally feel threatened by females on the right. They are very close-minded individuals.

    July 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. jamison

    I nominate Palin. If she is not available lets get Bachman on the ticket. This will GUARANTEE a sure win for Obama.

    July 5, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Brandy

    Poor Romney so much rhetoric-saying someone to kill him bull larkey.

    July 5, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Steve in CT

    "Yes. The only way Obama can win is with a nucklehead on the Ronmey ticket as several liberals have said."

    There already is a knucklehead on the ticket, Romney

    July 5, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Please don't joke about Ms.Bachmann's prospects anymore, heaven help us! What if Mitt was to some how win the presidency (slight chance) but...and then falls off his equestrian horse at Camp David and break his leg? Then that would mean that Ms. Bachmann would be in charge of the red button! Can anyone say bomb shelter? Euhhhh!

    July 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. SV

    Oh yes, by all means just pick a woman or a minority simply to pander to a voting bloc. Tell Americans you know what they want is style over substance. Republicans think we're a nation of Snookies.

    And Ann Romney, go eat some cake.

    July 5, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. TM

    So who's it going to be? Palin, Bachmann, or Haley? Maybe O'Donnell?
    If he picks a running mate SOLEY based on gender it won't matter, he will lose REGARDLESS.
    You can't follow up four YEARS of Tea Party bleating "Obama had NO experience" and then say "we don't care about experience, we care about gender". Picking a VP can be a make or break moment for a candidate. It certainly was four years ago. And if, like four years ago, it turns out to be a choice FORCED on the candidate in an attempt to pander to a section of the party's base, it can be crippling.

    July 5, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Women Voters

    Get ready for Sarah Palin II!

    July 5, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Larry-Hazleton, Pa

    Mrs Romney, while I have nothing personal againist you or your husband I do have to say that his policy position and ideas are more twisted than a pile of rattlesnakes.

    July 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Considering that Dr. Rice has said NO, that removes the only viable woman that Willard could have picked that would give him a chance. Palin and Bachmann are proven by their own words to have no clue what the job of Vice-President actually entails. Senator Ayotte has only been on the national scene for a couple of months, even though she spent the last two years in the Senate. Gov. Martinez will almost guarantee that Romney does not get the Hispanic support he desperately needs, given that her stance on immigration is somewhat to the right of Sheriff Joe. Gov. Haley would be almost as divisive as Palin. As for Gov. Fallin, I, like the rest of America, ask "Who is she?"

    July 5, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Bryan

    Another show that our political system is broken. We have a health care law. Its not perfect but its a start. Congress should be saying "Okay its here, lets tweak on it, make improvements" but instead we hear "Lets scrap the whole thing and replace it with...........something we'll eventually get around to but isn't what Obama wants". Now we have to consider a woman VP. Nothing wrong with that except this is obviously a political tactic like it was in 2008. Obama won't take a hard stance against his critism and Romney simply is running off NOT being Obama. Nothing improves or gets fixed in this country because we have two political ideologies that refuse to work together. At the end of the day, ithey're still a bunch of red and blue rich politicians who hang around for years in Washington making money off the American people. Its not about helping America. Its about which party controls the money.

    July 5, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. mjw

    Not surprised he is trying to find a woman for that slot, but after the Sarah Palin debacle I hope he is able to find someone willing to join him. He is more of a stiff than Mcain was. The male options are pitiful. Bobby Jendel is trying his damdest to be the one. As a minority in the Supreme White Party he is really trying to impress and it seems so akward and over – acting. Eventually he will be left out in the cold. Sine he will not implement the ACA in Lousiana which has a lot of poor especially minorities, I hope they throw him out of office soon.

    July 5, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whoever Romney picks, he'd better listen to Welch and Murdock and make sure it's a pro, there's no room for an amatuer whether man or woman. The women named, Haley and Martinez have about as much experience as Palin, never heard of Fallin, I'd be careful with that one. Rice is the old GWB guard, not a good choice either and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be the best choice but she's ours.

    July 5, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will take the nomination away from Mittens and she will be our next and greatest President.

    July 5, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Dear Willard your best bet would be Michelle Bachman you would be a shoein for POTUS

    July 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Big Al

    Here are 4 great picks: Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. All eye candy.

    July 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Investment Advisor

    @Larry L.....Sir LL... and what makes you presume to know anything about my clients and how I should be taking care of them? Stay on point and keep buying those bank CDs and then when you retire you can complain about the wealthy in this country that took calculated risks to better themselves financially. Better yet , the government will help everyone that thinks like you .

    July 5, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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