Romney's VP decision: The tick tock
August 11th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney's VP decision: The tick tock

(CNN) - When Mitt Romney sat down for an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger last Saturday in Evansville, Indiana he wasn't giving anything up.

"I have nothing for you on the vice presidential front...I give nothing on that. But I can assure you by the third day of the Republican convention we will nominate a Republican Vice President."

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Now we know, according to a Romney campaign adviser, the presumptive Republican nominee had already made his pick for a vice president. The aide said Romney had decided the previous Wednesday, August 1. He had just returned the night before from his overseas trip the previous night.

While visiting campaign headquarters that day, Romney placed a call to Rep. Paul Ryan.

"He asked to meet with Ryan in person, and they subsequently met and the offer was made," the adviser said.

So the day after his Evansville stop, last Sunday – August 5th – Romney and Ryan met in person, according to a campaign aide. The campaign so far is being mum about other details. We know Romney was at his lakeside home the next day – Monday August 6th – and we know he was supposed to go from Indiana to New Hampshire.

One interesting note Ann Romney was still overseas at the Olympics during much of this time because a horse she co-owned, Rafalca, was competing in the dressage competition. It failed to advance after Tuesday's races and then she returned home.

In the meantime, Ryan kept up his public schedule during the week – attending a news conference last Tuesday in the wake of shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which is part of his congressional district. He also made some campaign stops for some local Republican assembly candidates and Rep. Sean Duffy in northern Wisconsin during the week.

He told reporters he was still planning on going on his annual family camping trip to Colorado – which was supposed to begin Saturday – and that he was going to spend Friday packing up. He did attend a memorial service for the victims of the shooting on Friday. When he returned from that service and reporters asked him about the rumors he might be the vice presidential pick Ryan would only say "I don't want to get into that."

Both Romney and Ryan appeared on Bill Bennett's radio show last Thursday, but they were not on together.

One caller told Ryan: "May I be the first to say I would be very proud to have you as vice president."

CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this story

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    By September the 15th ? Polls ? Obama 61%....... Romney /Ryan ? 38% Guaranteed. Issue ? Social Security, Medi-care & Education. People aren't going to forget Ryans Plan period. Romney finally DEFINED himself today.

    August 11, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Jerubbaal

    How does Romney/Ryan reconcile his votes for the bush tax cuts, the unfunded IRAQ war, the auto bail out, the TARP, the unfunded Afghanistan war, the unfunded prescription plan and 12 years of house voting. He has more history than all the others combined. Thanks for another 4 yrs Romney.

    August 11, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. canchange

    Mr.Mitt Rumney President/ vice president Mr.Paul Ryan thats what we need 2012.God BLESS AMERICA AND MARK LEVIN.

    August 11, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Funny how all along Robmey has said he knows how to run a business, that he will fix the economy (but he never said how, no plan). Then here comes along the guy that had a budget plan all his own, now Robmey is taking all the work Ryan did.
    So Robmey all along has had no idea of his own. He can't even agree to the ACA even though it is verbatim to his own healthcare plan.
    And still no tax returns. I think this announcement is timed to derail all the attacks he is getting from everywhere.
    So now that this is out, I can go back to watching the Olympics which is so more important than this dribble.

    August 11, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Darryl

    Social Security , Medi-care , Education will be the issue from here on out. Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan just handed President Obama the Presidency for his second term on a Silver Platter. Beautifully excuted I might say Bravo. It can't be any easier for the country to decide now. ( Finally )!

    August 11, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Ray

    Here to guys which uses a battleship background in order to announce his running mate. These guys didn't serve in military and Mitt who favor the draft received five deferment, WOW

    August 11, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. B.

    Repackaged Bush Policies, Tax breaks for the rich, more War, cuts to everything middle class, Privatize Medicare and Medicaid, Voter suppression,Jack up defense spending, Bully the rest of the World on trade, Ignore climate change,Take away Women’s healthcare choices,Eliminate all Regulations on Wall Street and the Banks,Cripple public education,continue to hold Congress hostage with Filibusters and Blackmail to get desired results,Ignore Immigration solutions, Back NRA to arm the whole country by fear,Continue Bush/Cheney style arrogance to anyone that shows opposition to total control of the Republican agenda!

    August 11, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Norma Vessels

    Well, Mitt Romney could've done worse .. he could've picked Christie! Burp! Excuse me. On the other hand, it
    doesn't matter anyway .. they have no chance against our president and Joe Biden. More people
    like President Obama and Vice president Biden a whole lot more than those two .. and for good reason! Now, if'
    only we can get a gob of Republicans in Congress boosted out the door in November, our President will be able
    to get some things done! And for the upteenth time, for all the retired people, and the poor people, and the people
    down on their luck in any way .... leave our Medicare and Medicaid alone, you Republicans in Congress! Just because you
    are safe and secure in your retirements already, doesn't mean you have the right to run roughshod over all of us!

    August 11, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Mutt Robmey killed his chances today, THANK YOU! obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama obama

    August 11, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Clint Eastwood

    I officially Un-endorse Mitt Romney

    August 11, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. bb

    Ryan wants to privatize Social Security. Giving complete control of the Social Security fund to those charlatans on Wall Street is like letting the fox in the hen house.

    August 11, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. B

    Wall Street endorsed Ryan as Romney's VP pick for one main reason only. Ryan wants to privatize Social Security, thus allowing Wall Street access and complete freedom to plunder and pillage grandma's and grandpa's retirement fund. The exact same way Romney made his money by plundering and pillaging pension funds.

    August 11, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. don in Albuquerque

    It appears Sinclair Lewis was correct. When fascism comes to American it will be draped in an American flag and carrying a cross.

    August 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. w l jones

    I fell and can not get up ..Tea party help.

    August 11, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |