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. Jeff

    Picking a female or minority VP or having them on your shortlist? Completely fine. Saying you are specifically looking for one? Not OK. I will vote for those that are best qualified, regardless of their race/gender. Looking for someone of a specific race/gender is just as discriminatory as not picking one for the same reasons, and in all honesty makes me much less to vote for that person.

    July 5, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Olaf Big

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus for VP! I know her politics does not align with Romney's, but she is the only one who can save his chances to win the elections. She is smart, funny and cute. Is there anybody else in the republican establishment who meets these qualifications? And Jerry Seinfeld for Health and Human Services Secretary in Romney administration. C-Span is going to beat the HBO ratings in a wee.

    July 5, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    marco rubio will show up in a dress tomorrow

    July 5, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. A conservatave with brains

    Condi Rice has said many times she is no longer interested in holding a political position. After working for W she left politics to teach at Stanford for a reason. Had she remained interested there certainly would have been a role at the UN or in other parts of the government for her. As Secretary of State under Bush, she had far more power than a VP ever has. She is a well-educated concert piano-trained leader. To be a VP would be a step down for her that I do not think she would find acceptable.

    I also do not think Condi would be interested in working for Romney. To search for a VP based on gender instead of qualification is insulting to women and to the intelligence of voters. This is what McCain tried to do, and it torpedoed his campaign. Condi is smart and extremely well qualitified. Perhaps the ticket should be Rice-Romney. That would be a winning ticket for the American people, but the current Republican Party wouldn't be able to swallow the idea of a woman in charge.

    Romney's campaign is headed straight for political icebergs. It won't be long before it'll start to take on water, and sink. He has so many skeletons in his closet that he won't be able to stand the scrutiny of the press as the campaign heats up. Watch for another Obama win.

    July 5, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Kajal

    GOP thinks that picking a woman as a token gesture for VP will make women forget the agendas they have been following for the past few years? That it will undo the war on women that GOP has been waging? Just another insulting gesture! Have they not learnt anything from picking Sarah Palin last time around?

    July 5, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Janer52

    this is hilarious. mitt romney, a mormon, who doesn't really believe that women should work outside the home, may nominate a woman for veep. talk about desperation and pandering. mitt, my are a hypocrite.

    July 5, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Investment Advisor

    @ Rudy...All I was insinuating was how ironic that a woman VP is being talked a bout with the media capitalizing this fake "WAR on Women" campaign. I was looking to see how the "left" was going to cover their tracks on that talking point IF a woman was chosen to be the VP running code here.

    July 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Bachman could become Mitten's Palin – if he really needs to add an airhead to the ticket.

    July 5, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. sandra

    This man will Say-Be-Do-ANYTHING to get elected.....have your wife float out the idea that you are looking at a FEMALE for VP (which, of couse, will NEVER happen.)

    July 5, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Palin is a Pimp...

    Before picking Palin I would make sure that you get that Secret Service scandal cleared up...according to the mudflats and mallia litman blog on wordpress shows evidence of Todd Palin operating a pimp ring out of Anchorage and Wasilla...then in 2008 when Sarah was picked – he just supplied the Secret Service with prostitutes...and there is a thread in both sites about a baby that has a HUGE trust account...evidently Palins embezzled that...and that she and the State of Alaska will be getting a court appointment in both federal court and state courts...there is live entertainment...

    July 5, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Mike in NH

    Spin as you must; but saying that Romney is looking at women VP candidates is the same as saying Obama is looking at women VP candidates. The lfet always throws the Hilary candidacy out there but that is sound judgement, but for the GOP its gamesmenship.

    It's all gamesmenship; grow up.

    July 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    to Investment Advisor...................really "your looking to see how the libs would 'cover their tracks'", libs and no one else needs to 'cover their tracks' because the GOPers/kkkers/teabaggers have a WAR ON WOMEN. Libs don't have a WAR ON WOMEN, never have never will. The repuks on the other hand well lets just say they are different.

    July 5, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Why

    According to Mormonisim, women should have no power over men. Men have all the power of heaven at age 12. Women cannot pray in service, can't pass the sacrament. Men in their heaven can have more than one wife; no woman can have 2 husbands. Budgets for womens groups are set by men, and all decisions for the church are made by groups of men without the presence of women. No mention is ever really made about The Heavenly Mother they believe in who is a god also. Ann would tell you that Mormon women are equal because thats what Mitt told her.

    July 5, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Do it again

    Please pick Palin.

    July 5, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. kayla

    Ann should be his vp. afterall, she seems more smarter and stronger than the stiff

    July 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Romney is not My Hero

    @lindylou123 - Excellent post. You must have read my mind!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. snowdogg

    "former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice"

    This pit bull might make a better President that Mitt.

    July 5, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. DB in AR

    Is it time to throw a Hail Mary already? I guess the flip flopper, Bain Vulture Capitalist, War on Women, and Caymen Island Mitt attacks must really have this guy ready to call it quits. Floating this weather balloon is just another sign that the GOP is firefighting and no longer have a coordinated attack strategy. Won't be long before they major player completetly bail on him and focus on down ballot races.

    July 5, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. S-Hug

    With a wife who's never worked and a conservative female running mate... he will have automatically lost a majority of the female vote.

    July 5, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. CitizenAJ

    No offense, none of the women mentioned are good choices. They are not game changers, and because of the Palin pick, people are not as ready to jump behind a candidate JUST BECAUSE he picked a female running mate. Are Mitty, you so flip-floppy, you don't know what to do. Definitely not the best candidate the republican party could have put forward. Of course, the entire elected republican field is not spectacular either, neither is the democrats.

    July 5, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Steve

    Newsflash, Romeny is looking for a human as VP candidate...............

    July 5, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Linda

    I don't care if Romney picks a man or a woman.....I wouldn't vote for him.....If Romney gets picked as President this time he will make Bush look republicans take a good hard look at this man.....because he will take away any and all hopes for a second term in 2016 and you will lose all your GOP members in the house and senate......Romney things that by picking a woman like McCain did it will draw the womens vote to him......WRONG.,...Palin? Bachman? Ayncott? NO WAY.........

    July 5, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Amos

    Also Romney may, in a highly anticipated controversial move, have the oil industry as his running mate... His campaign manager, contacted at Republican Headquarters at Palm Beach, stated tearfully... "It may be our only chance, I hope no one notices that the Vice-President is actually everyone in Big Oil"

    July 5, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. TheTraveler

    A well qualified woman for the Veep? All for it ... Love to see Condi Rice in the job. At least I know she wouldn't take Mitt's crap ...

    July 5, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Investment Advisor – "Fake" war on women? Really? You sir, receive the Deep Delusion Comment of the Day Award. Congrats!

    July 5, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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