Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate could be a woman, says Ann Romney (+video)
Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, told CBS News "We've been looking at" a woman on the Republican 2012 ticket. Could it be Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire?
Wolfeboro, N.H. and Washington
Mitt Romney's wife says her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall.Skip to next paragraph
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Ann Romney says in an interview, "We've been looking at that and I love that option as well."
She tells CBS News she thinks the person selected for the No. 2 spot should be "someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities."
The former Massachusetts governor, who was joined by his wife for the interview, declined to describe the status of the vice presidential search, saying "that's something I'm keeping close with my team."
Romney did say — again - that, in his words, "As long as I continue to speak about the economy, I'm going to win."
During his week-long holiday at his lakeside estate in New Hampshire, the Republican presidential candidate huddled with his top advisers, including his campaign manager and the aide overseeing his vice presidential search. His top strategist was in town shooting video for new TV ads. And Romney himself made his first official public appearance of the week on Wednesday, marching in this town's July Fourth parade.
Officially, the campaign says that Romney is doing what he's done for the past decade — enjoying family time. It's also a break from the campaign trail, the campaign says, a welcome chance to relax before the pre-convention push. But unofficially, the bit of down time is a chance for the contemplative Romney to consider how the campaign is going against President Barack Obama and adjust strategy as necessary in a contest that polls show is close.
Underscoring the stakes, Obama canceled his own annual summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard. He did, however, spend the weekend at Camp David and planned to return to Washington for the July Fourth holiday.
Behind the scenes in Wolfeboro, Romney is all but certain to be at work just as much as he is at play — and probably focused on the biggest decision he will make between now and when he accepts the GOP's presidential nomination in late August. His self-imposed deadline for picking a running mate "before the convention" is looming large and the search for a No. 2 is well under way.
His campaign is staying mum on whether that was a topic of conversation early Tuesday when he and his wife, Ann, spent at least 45 minutes talking with campaign manager Matt Rhoades, senior adviser Beth Myers and top strategist Stuart Stevens on the deck that overlooks the lawn behind his lakefront home. Romney's five sons — particularly his eldest son, Tagg — also serve as informal political advisers, and all have been on hand all week, virtually assuring that the campaign and the running mate search were discussed.
Speculation about that selection process hung heavy over this New England hamlet, among townspeople and reporters alike.
On Independence Day. Romney marched in a small parade alongside New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Another senator widely talked about as an attractive running mate — Rob Portman of Ohio — headlined a fundraiser in Concord, N.H., this past weekend.