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. Al-NY,NY

    If they are stupid enough to think that a woman VP will get them ANY improvement, than they deserve the schellacking they'll get.

    July 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. JohnnyInSNJ

    I've seen this one before. This is where the coyote straps a rocket to his back and shoots straight into a mountain.

    July 5, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. The Film Professor

    Some great choices out there GOP - how about Bristol Palin? Ann Romney's dancing horse? Michelle Bawkmann? Georgia's own Debbie Dooley of the Tea Party? All would be great choices!!

    July 5, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. anagram_kid

    The Koch brothers will pick the VP just as they selected Gov. Romney.

    July 5, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Great she can explain his being against equal pay for women and his support for his buddy in VA to stick an interuterine probe into every woman seeking to take care of her own body. Should be fun to watch her flip flop in response to every one of Mitt's flip flops.

    July 5, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Lenny Pincus

    "Mitt's got the answers to turn this country around." Yup, Ann, I'm sure he might, but there are two problems. One, he's not talking in specifics very much. In fact, except through the winger propaganda machines he's not talking at all. Two, when he does speak, he usually contradicts an earlier firm position on a variety of issues. Knowing his religious beliefs, this whole woman thing is probably for the peanut gallery.

    July 5, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. KeepinItReal

    What about Sarah Palin? She would be perfect for the job. Please Mittens pick Sarah. lol

    July 5, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. CRAIG

    Sarah Palin would love to be his running mate.

    July 5, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. RG

    Sara Palin is available...

    July 5, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. carly

    who will it be Palin, Bachmann or some other brainless one just to make it look like the GOP doesn't treat women as second class citizens? Good luck with that but the American people have seen this film before and they will not fall for it this time either.

    July 5, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Allexy

    How did the last woman VP work for McCain?? The truth is that Bishop Romney and his GOP masters do not have such plans .The wife had to say something to remain relevent.

    July 5, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. NeedNewGov

    They tried that in 08 and it didn't work. So yes, that is a great idea Mitty.

    July 5, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Jose

    How about selecting the most qualified person! I am really disappointed that the political parties and news organization keep grouping persons in categories. This leads to pandering to oversimplified groups.

    July 5, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Steve R

    I don't believe VPs help the candidates in the national election. But the wrong one can hurt them. Best choice is the one who won't do any damage during the campaign and is able to explain and support the candidate's positions. This will be a major challenge for Romney's VP choice since he changes his every day depending how the wind blows.

    July 5, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. mfx3

    I'd love that option as well. Of course, I'd love the decision to hinge on a person's qualifications over their gender even more.

    July 5, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I don't believe the GOP is alone to be blamed for the divisiveness in our country and for the gridlock in Washington! let's face it, as the GOP's base goes, so does the GOP! The reason why the GOP is able to divide this country and stall progress in Washington and across the country is simply because no matter what they do or say to undermine our democracy, they keep being exonerated and empowered by the rightwing base that is anti-American and pro slavery! And no matter what President Obama does to move this country forward, he and future Democrats will continue to struggle to govern simply because the GOP is empowered by a rightwing base that refuses to hold their leaders accountable for their mishaps (ie, WMD's/economic crisis, etc) and doesn't seem to care if our democracy is ruined forever! Let's pray that some conservatives come to their senses and abandon the Republican Party before its too late!

    July 5, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    @invetmentadvisor – And your point was.....??? What? Lost in translation? Liberals don't speak in codes, pal.

    July 5, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Pam from Iowa

    Oh Yeah!
    PIck Bachmann or Palin!
    Will be a sure win for Obama!!!!

    July 5, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Janet

    We saw what happened to McCain 4 years ago when he chose Sarah Palin. You really want to try her again? Read the book "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin" and you will rethink that one! Choosing a woman is a wonderful idea, but it's got to be one who is really ready for center stage, not just a token woman. With this kind of thinking, no doubt, Barack Obama will win a 2nd term easily!
    Go Obama=Biden 2012!

    July 5, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Arun

    Shut up Ann!! I guess its ok for your flip flopping hubby to tell lies, but how dare Obama bring up his past!! You and your party are a joke!!

    July 5, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Missing Y chromosome

    The GOP think that putting a pair of boobs on the ticket is going to make up for their sorry political platform. The biggest boobs are the leaders of the GOP. They think knockers are the answer, however, they are going to get knocked out in November unless the pick a competent candidate. By the way that eliminates Bachmann by her own admission.

    July 5, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. T'sah from Virginia

    There is no Republican woman on the RIGHT at this time who is a heartbeat from the presidency.......PERIOD!! NONE of the women listed in this article is a Hillary Clinton...........PERIOD!! Choose someone that has the experience and knowledge of Hillary Clinton and then you may have something – other than that, don't go there!! As a matter of fact, choose someone like Hillary and then switch the ticket around, put the women on top and R-Money on the bottom!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 5, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Ann RMoney squawked : "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."

    Obviously flip-floppiness inflicts this whole family. Ann was as quiet as could be while Willard was slinging mud and more mud at Newt and Santorum. It's OK if your name is RMoney, but nobody else can. Spare us the faux outrage lady, and keep deducting those horses...

    July 5, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Sal

    I am sure he won't be dumb enough to pick Bachmann or Palin........

    July 5, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. MNTaxpayer

    The perfect solution would be to clone Mitt himself. Then he could be on both sides of every issue at the same time. I've always suspected he was really an andrioid any way.

    July 5, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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