Romney surrogates make Veep choices known
July 27th, 2012
08:44 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney surrogates make Veep choices known

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney tours London on the first stop of his overseas trip, prominent surrogates for the presumptive GOP nominee are making their choices for his running mate known stateside.

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was rooting for Sen. Rob Portman, who, like Boehner, represents Ohio.

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“I’m partial to Rob Portman,” Boehner said on Fox News. “I’ve been a long-time friend. He’s a United States senator from Ohio, served as the director of Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, also served as the U.S. trade rep, served in the House of Representatives as well. Knows his way around Washington, and I think he’d be a great asset for Governor Romney.”

Boehner seems to have narrowed his list since April, when he told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley there were three names he had in mind for Romney’s running mate.
The top Republican in Congress said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, along with Portman, fit his criteria that the pick be capable of serving as president.

"There are a lot of people that I like. But this is a personal choice for Gov. Romney, and I'm confident that he'll have a running mate that will be helpful to the ticket," Boehner told Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

"I think the number one quality is, are they capable of being president in the case of an emergency?" Boehner added.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani offered a different name Thursday, saying he’d like to see Rubio picked. Giuliani said the Florida senator was “the most exciting” name floated for Romney’s running mate.

"He's of a different generation," Giuliani told News Channel 8 in Tampa. "He makes outreach much more possible to a younger people – people in their 30s where the Republican Party has a little bit of a deficit."

Meanwhile, several names floated as Romney’s choice have been stumping for the candidate while he embarks on a three-nation foreign tour.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia made several stops in Iowa Thursday. The two potential vice presidential choices teamed for an event in Coralville. McDonnell also stopped in Davenport, while Jindal held an event in Des Moines.

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, also considered a possible Romney running mate, made an appearance for the campaign in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Rob Portman
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Wynter

    Are these guys still "fishing" to see who the public likes the best? It's like a who's who of epic fail. Each one of these guys fails to bring anything solid to the ticket. And how can you since Mitt has so little of anything to begin with. He has no real business experience. He is running away from BAIN capital every time someone mentions it. He has no foreign policy experience. He is gaffe prone so he won't win on charm. The only thing he has is money and lots of it. Any one joining in on the VP ticket is signing themselves up to be another Palin. A "running mate" of a failed run at the presidency and we all know what happens to them. Nothing, but Fox News.

    July 27, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |

    Good luck signing up to run on a loseing Gop bafoon party ticket for the upcoming Gop train wreck in Nov ,with BACHMANN and romney the clown !!!

    July 27, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Ted van Tol

    Please let him pick Sarah! Just for fun.
    The race is already done!

    July 27, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    George W. Bush's former OMB Director? Seriously? The gaffes just keep rolling out of right wing.

    July 27, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Steve, New York City

    . . .and what will be the economic attack plan, presented by the Romney ticket? I'm still waiting to hear how they would be any different than Bush # 43 (more tax cuts, and then maybe the "useless" neo-con war criminals can create more fake pretenses to invade another country).

    July 27, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. exrepublican

    All of these potential VP's are excellent at misleading the public while acting as if they are saints. I hope their God helps us all!

    July 27, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. v_mag

    Oh, just pick anybody from a "swing state" who served in the GWB administration. After all, Mittler is endorsed by all the Bushes, has Bush advisors, and consults with Dick Cheney. Romney = Bush = disaster.

    July 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. CorruptUS

    man after watching Mitt stumble out of the blocks during the GOP nomination and now watching him insult the British, who Mitt claims we have a special bond with, why would any possible GOP VP run with this guy. I am embarrassed of his trip to England over the past couple of days. Very un-presidential.

    July 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. King

    when Obama took power the world loved him, and this was a big reason why alot of countries invested in america more than they did for the less expensive China. this was key in bringing back the American finance sector roaring back stronger than ever. now I see is mitten going out to these foreign countries and making a fool of himself, as he demogog Obama for apologizing for America. I wonder with these kind of pig headed references, I wonder how quick will international countries will be to invest in America rather than the less expensive China.

    July 27, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Bill

    Neither of these individuals will be able to deliver their respective states in the general. So have at it Mittens.

    July 27, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney surrogates make Veep choices known◄
    Yep, they're just trying to take away from the MESS Romney is causing overseas that really got BLOWN...
    UP because he cannot handle situations without someone telling him what to say or a script
    He's NOT a leader we can trust either here or overseas because his mind is too adrift


    Obama 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!!

    July 27, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. DAK

    If Rob Portman gets the VP pick, Mitt can kiss my vote good-bye. Portman has done NOTHING to help the state of Ohio EVER

    July 27, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. GI Joe

    We have 50 states - not just Ohio and Florida.

    Get real Rubio the Cuban? Don't think so. Portman? Who the heck is he and what has he done? The guy from Minnesota? Do we need Interstate roads and bridges collapsing every week? Not one republican gets my vote this year. ZERO

    July 27, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Bootstomper

    None of these guys including Romney are not ready for prime time players.

    July 27, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Newmoon2

    Oh come on, Mitt! Sarah Palin is was a bold choice! Go big, or go home!

    July 27, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    How convenient that as Flip Romney flops his way thru his foreign policy trip, the VP issue comes up again.

    July 27, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. mgc

    Funny how Rubio with NO experience is being touted as an exciting choice. Hmmmm could it be because he is hispanic?

    Transparent as you know what Romney and guess what, I am from Florida and Rubio has alot of skeletons in his closet, my all means pick him!!

    July 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. David Blonstien

    It doesn't really matter who he picks, because he's going to lose.

    July 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Pete

    VP surrogates,these republican leg huggers are puppets and will say anything to win Romneys approval.And now you'll have intern bickering having Boehner and other republicans throwing in their two cents as who should be annointed as VP to the Mormon moron..I love it with this clash of egoes,this will create a splitting of the party,taking sides within the same republican hypocrital party,the teapartiers and those who aren't as extreme,the old guard as so to speak,they'll have their say too before everything is over,I bet you on that..I love it when a plan comes together,these republican jackels will handle this VP process like they handle everything else historicly,miserably!!!

    July 27, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. n

    The audacity of the republican party to run for any office and expect the intellect of the American people or lack there of, to vote them back in office, is beyond any fraction of comprehension and civil logic. And yet, we have an array of the american people walking around like lost cattle being lead to the slaughter, oblivious to their further demise, as they walk, lock and step, hand and hand, with their destroyers, the republican leadership.

    July 27, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The Romney campaign needs a resttable moment. Tossing out VP picks is way to try to do it. But, I think all eyes and ears are going to stay on the candidate.

    July 27, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. 2020

    Here we go again, said Ronald Reagan:

    Rabit hole #1 show your foreign policy experience, please.

    Rabit hole #2 show your crime reduction policy experience, please.

    Rabit hole #3 show your Job Creation policy experience without Government, please.

    Woops, H-E-L-L-O !!! where have all the rabits gone?

    July 27, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. v_mag

    When you strip away all the facade, the Rob-money campaign is just an attempt to give Bush a third term. Remember how well Bush worked out for the country? The crashed economy, the 2 wars that killed hundreds of thousands, the war crime scandals, the no-bid contracts, the Patriot Act, shoveling money to the rich, no action on health care, voter suppression, the loss of civil rights, the income gap widening?

    Things are a bit better now, no thanks to a Repugnant Congress that has vowed to spare no expense to the middle class in order to return to power. Things will get infinitely worse if Rob-money/Bush is re-elected.

    July 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. n

    Is Boehner aware of the fact that he is the worst speaker of the house in US history and the House of Representative, under his watch, is the least productive and is a utter failure. They have failed the moral majority. And yet, Boehner still walk around with his head held up pointing the blame on our elected president who was elected by the people, who won, by the way, by a landslide. Does he realize that his and congress responsibility to the people of this country, is to pass legislation that would help move America and the economy forward and not obstruct and undermined positive smart approaches to restore this country by fixing the mess that his party caused. Is his party aware that the middle class is the key component to this nation survival, not the 1%? I know he realize but the question is, does he and his clan, really care? I know Obama cares! 🙂

    July 27, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. American People

    The American People want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years. He's hiding something. Also, please, please, pick Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann.

    July 27, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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