Romney Won’t Rule Out Romney-Santorum Ticket

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romney-santorumFor the second time in as many days, Mitt Romney was quizzed about his potential vice presidential pick during a town hall and declined to rule out a possible Romney-Santorum ticket.

“Everybody is on my list,” said Romney in answer to a voter who asked whether he would consider former presidential candidate Rick Santorum as his running mate. “Everybody is on my list. I’m not taking anybody off the list, alright?”

But Romney quickly stopped himself – backtracking to say that there actually isn’t a list of potential vice presidential candidates. At least not yet.

“I actually don’t, I don’t have a list, yet,” said Romney. “So I can’t say someone is on or off my list.”

“But I can tell you that the people who I had the privilege of running against would surely be among those I would consider,” said Romney. “The criteria, I think, has to be, first and foremost, is this a person who could be president of the United States, if that were needed? And do people recognize that and see that as a person who has that kind of qualification and so he- I’ve said this before. If any of the people I ran against happened to become the nominee, I would have endorsed them and supported them for president.”

“So of course they’d be on that list – and he, among others,” Romney said of Santorum.

“If any of you have any other ideas, just pass them along here,” Romney added, laughing, before searching the room for another questioner.

{ABC Outus News/Matzav.com Newscenter}

6 COMMENTS

  1. Actually very likely (Romney needs it). Other options are only being played around to make conservatives [feel] grateful.

    (Rubio is also being bandied to keep hispanics positive).

  2. #3, actually very unlikely. Santorum is extremely unpopular with independents. The Romney team isn’t actually “playing” or “bandying” anyone around. They haven’t mentioned a single name unprompted. It’s the media who are floating Rubio, Ryan, Portman, etc. And if Romney’s going to choose Santorum, then why would they need to imply the other three to pander to conservatives? Is Santorum not conservative enough?
    It’s so funny that you think the Romney team or the Republican establishment are floating these names when in fact non-partisan (or at least non-Republican) organs such as Politico or the Washington Post are most involved in the “Veepstake” discussions.
    Rubio is a real option because he’s charismatic, Hispanic and from Florida. That doesn’t mean Romney will necessarily choose him (I myself am betting on Portman), but he’s a real option, not just a balloon to “keep hispanics positive”. Your combination of self-assuredness and naivete are amusing.

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