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. RepebDem

    So Ann is trying to play both sides; she wants to be the demure non-involved political wife, but also have her hands in the selection process of the VP and feign being upset at the so-called agenda of the other side, but failed to mention that from the moment this President was elected the objective of the Republican party has been to defeat him. As a Republican I'm completely amazed at the hypocrisy of not only her husband but also her. She could be an asset but if she keeps this up, she will become a liability to be seen and not heard. This is why as Republicans we need to focus all of our money and resources on keeping the House and taking the senate, and forget about these pretenders.

    July 5, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. bill davis

    Hillery would be fine, anyone but Biden....and Palin....

    Maybe Obama, I hear he will be looking for a job, and he does have a female side...

    July 5, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Anonymouse

    Name Olympia Snowe and you may just win the presidency.

    July 5, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. lies from the right but mostly hate

    If the right picks a curly for vp then they will have 2 of the3 stooges on their ticket all they have to do is nominate larry for attorney general.

    July 5, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. RepebDem

    Another game changer. How did that game changer go last time? The convention is less than two months away and there i no clear VP favorite. Why? because no one who wants to run in 2016 want's to be on that ticket.

    July 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. petena

    The GOP against equal pay for women. So if a woman VP takes over being POTUS, she gets a pay cut. Right? Obama/Biden 2012

    July 5, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Expat American

    The left will trash any female the GOP brings to the table.... Funny how they attack, demean and generally feel threatened by females on the right. They are very close-minded individuals....
    Who are the three females on 'The Right' who have risen to prominence since 2008? Palin, Bachmann and to a lesser but equally laughable extent, O’Donnell.

    These are the 'open-minded' leaders you believe in?

    God Bless (Red State) America!

    July 5, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Jerry D

    The party that would love to see all women barefoot and pregnant is going to try that lame trick again? Go ahead Rethugs, find another Quitter Palin for us to destroy, you just do not get it!!

    July 5, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. RNKN

    Ann doesn't like the idea that Democrats just want to attack Mitt.
    Where was she when alll the Republicans just wanted to do anything at all to defeat Obama and make him a one term president? Or when Bush & co slandered Kerry?
    I see the Republicans crying a lot when people stand up to them or treat them the way the Republicans treat others.
    They sound like a bunch of 2 year olds.

    July 5, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. chill

    I don't know why Ann doesn't like the campaign tactic of knocking Mitt down. It's the same approach Mitt used all through the primaries on his opponents. Still, I hope the Obama campaign begins to focus more on the future and what a second term might bring rather than what Romney did years ago. You don't want to get elected as the non-Romney with no mandate.

    July 5, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Don

    Kay Baliey Hutchinson is the only experienced and qualifird woman they have. and she is unacceptable to the teaparty

    July 5, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Laura

    Please let him pick Michelle Bachmann. That will put the last nail in his campaign coffin.

    July 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. rs


    You mean like all of the GOP trash talk about Mr. Obama? Remember the idiot "birthers"? Remember all of the conflicting nonsense the GOP has called Obama JUST THIS YEAR?

    Sure if Mr. Romney picks Ms. Bachmann, they both deserve all of the abuse they get (Bachmann for her silliness, and Romney for picking her). It's all about the credentials. If the GOP picks a female candidate with appropriate chops to be VP (unlike, say Mr. Romney), no one will say anything- except the TEA Party loons.

    July 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. RT

    A woman just to bring in some of the "women's vote" will not fool women. Republican women in politics play a supportive role to conservative patriarchy, and care little about real women's issues.

    July 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Rick

    ON TV this morning, Ann Romney was concerned about Obama wanting to "destroy Romney". She thought is was terrible he would talk that way. But what has the Republicans said since Obama took office. We will defeat him, destroy him. That is different I guess with Ann Romney.

    July 5, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. rs

    While I think just about anyone would support a female VP candidate running with Mr. Romney (or Mr. Obama for that matter), one has to wonder about the motivation for such an announcement. Are women really going to turn out for Mr. Romney just because he selects a female running mate (a serious one- not window dressing like Palin)?

    The GOP has FIRMLY positioned itself AGAINST so many issues important to women, from abortion rights, to birth control, to equal wages to health care, to war, the GOP has proven time and again that to them, women are second class citizens.

    July 5, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. JAB62

    It doesn't matter. He's wasting all the 1%s money with his useless campaign. Picking any woman will only look like the last election. Might as well pick Palin there Thurston. HAHAHA

    July 5, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I wonder why republican presidential candidates who run for office never ever consider selecting a female congressional member as their running mate! I always respected Sen. Olympia Snowe for her leadership because like Sen.Richard Lugar, she always tried to reach across the isle and work with democrats to get things done! But like Sen.Lugar, Sen.Snowe was rediculed by her party for supporting financial reform and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't tell! Its no wonder she announced that she will no longer run for re-election simply because of too much partisan gridlock in Washinghton (by the Party of NO)!

    July 5, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Jackson

    LOL, Condeleeza Rice. That is the LAST thing the Romney campaign needs. She will have a ton of questions about decisions made during the Bush administration. She would weigh the campaign down even more than Romney already has.

    July 5, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Evangenital

    "We've been looking at that." That does not mean a damn thing, specially at it's a penalty/it's a tax Mitt.

    July 5, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Taylor

    What gets me about the read is that don't have a clue. They can not see beyond their nose. I don't think that any female on the ticket can help Unfit Mitt. He just don't get it. Please don't put him in the office the 99% will be damn. Mitt has many markers out there from Corporations and big donor they will want to cash in. People can you see what is really going on or you just don't care. Think about this in 2010 when the Rep won back the HOUSE what happen, nothing. This is not right because they are putting their party first and not the America People. They were acting like little children and clowns and you seen first hand what they are about. The GOP can say this or that but some are smarter today and we can see the forest from the trees. Our President has done great things and some of his policies I don't agree with, but he is still a good fit for the people. I've watch the show for the last 3 years and the way the GOP disrespect our President is a shame. Maybe you don’t like him but respect the office. I think people don’t like the President because of his skin color, and that is wrong. I must say that the President is for the people. He his made some mistake but he has learns from them. If you really put your thinkers cap on you will ask yourself is the President going to benefit me or Mitt. This is a easy question. I don’t have nothing against Mitt Romney but he is unfit to run the country. I voted for the President in 2008 and I will vote for him again 4 years is not enough time . The man speaks from his heart and he does care plus he is smart and a likeable person. I don’t care about the color of his skin I care about the people and if he got our backs, and I believe that Obama does have our best interests……..

    July 5, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. manyote

    Come on folks! Do we really believe the GOtP is that stupid to repeat the mistake of McCain? Willy Chameleon has no desire to bring a woman on board. Lovey, I mean Ann, will have none of it. This is all only for show.

    July 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans need more than a woman, they need a complete overhaul because people just aren't drinking the "Tea", it's left a bitter taste in their mouths.

    July 5, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. maltytasker

    I hope they choose Palin or Bachmann. Oh please, let it be Palin or Bachmann. LOL!

    July 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. rose

    GOP is worried about the hispanic vote and they need to worry about women's votes as well as much as they try to oppress and discriminate against us. They will probably find a latino woman to run for VP. What morons. I am so afraid the government will become even more GOP empowered for no other reason that the economy is not healthy yet. It would not have been no matter who was in, but how fast and on who's back depends on who put in government. The GOP has become so morally bankrupt that it will be to our country's downfall if they get any more power. And how can vote for a party whose sole goal for the past 4 years was not to fix our country but rather to make the president look as bad as possible on all turns in order to regain power. We vote for them to take care of our country not their political ambitions, or to hate monger.

    July 5, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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