The 'almosts' react to Romney running mate choice
August 11th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
9 years ago

The 'almosts' react to Romney running mate choice

(CNN) - They might be called the "almosts" - those thought or known to be on the short list considered by Mitt Romney for his number two spot.

Republican sources told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - all thought to be on the candidate's short list - received calls from the Romney campaign prior to the announcement.

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At an event in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday morning, Pawlenty praised Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

"His selection this morning of the great congressman and the chairman of the House Budget Committee and that great bold leader Paul Ryan, they're going to be a great team for America as president and vice president," Pawlenty said.

In an earlier paper statement, he called Ryan a "bold thinker" and said "his selection will also help Governor Romney win the key swing state of Wisconsin. I am excited about a Romney-Ryan ticket and look forward to doing all I can to help them win this election."

Rubio reacted first on Twitter, calling Ryan "a great choice" before issuing a formal statement.

"Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice," Rubio said in a statement. "I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation's challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.

"The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream," he continued. "I'm excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall."

Portman was set to participate in a 100-mile charity bike ride in Ohio on Saturday, and released a statement saying, "Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee.

"Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best," his statement continued. "As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement through the Romney campaign which read, "Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs."

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Marco Rubio • Rob Portman • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    Of course Ryan is a great choice, he is economics, mathematics!!!!!!!! The guy knows mathematics and has worked like the rest of us in real jobs, hands-on experience with the rest of us working all kinds of jobs unlike Obama who never had a real job, the guy who travelled through Europe, hang out in Pakistan with the rich and managed to pay for Harvard Law School without ever working a job. And now that Obama is in the White House all he does is pass the buck to someone else to answer on his behalf because he has no idea about numbers, economics.

    August 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. works4me

    One For All, and All For Me
    The Book of Lies, Greed and Collusion
    …. Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. At bookstores December 2012

    August 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. steven

    Now we have a team that can fix America and give our children a chance to see the American dream, the dream that obama is trying to steal from us.

    August 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. myviewis


    Now we have a team that can fix America and give our children a chance to see the American dream, the dream that obama is trying to steal from us.

    Amen!!!!! Excellent point.

    August 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. B.

    Great for the i% at the top, not so for 99% of the country that have to actually work..

    This is an attempt by the Corporate and Wall St. bunch to -control it all ,and has nothing to do with working people in this country.

    Ryan is a Tea Party choice which equals Extremes in every category.

    August 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Tony

    They are thankful that they will still have a career after the November election. Even Ryan should not fret. He will go back to his job in the House.

    August 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. kathy/Minnesota

    How is this suppose to help the GOP ticket? Paul Ryan has made very clear who he is for, the top 1%, i feel swiss mitt was forced into this pick, he is "apparently" the safe pick guy, so why take a he** of a chance like this? I honestly beleive he wanted either pawlenty or portman, but didn't have the ba**s to go with what he wanted, this guy is such a fold and bend guy. HOW WILL HE DEAL WITH WORLD LEADERS? if he cant think for himself, we teach our kids that's a follower.

    August 11, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Howard

    Progressives who oppose the Romney/Ryan ticket prefer 15+ TRILLION in debt ... America turning into a third world country ... and, our children inheriting a bankrupt nation.
    Romney-Ryan in 2012 !!!

    August 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    dang I was hoping he would pick either Herman Cain or Donald Trump...oh well I guess we will be seeing more of those ads where grandma is being pushed off a cliff in a wheelchair. The only way to stop it is to GET OUT AND VOTE! Even if they try to make it harder to get proper ID in your what it takes and especially for senior citizens who now will be effected by this more now than ever.

    August 11, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Adam

    King Joffery is now the VP candidate for the republican party?

    Wow, they sure like authoritarian leaders. Must be caused by their over developed medulla oblongatas and under developed frontal lobes.

    August 11, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |