Skip to comments.Romney says he'd take Veep, calls McCain "Big Dog"
Posted on 03/11/2008 3:48:22 PM PDT by varina davis
March 11, 2008 Read More: Romney
Romney says he'd take Veep, calls McCain "Big Dog"
Mitt Romney said in his first interview since departing the GOP race that he would accept the number two position on the ticket and that there is no lingering bitterness between him and John McCain.
I think any Republican leader in this country would be honored to be asked to serve as the vice presidential nominee, myself included," Romney told FOX's Sean Hannity in a broadcast set to air tonight. "Of course this is a nation which needs strong leadership. And if the nominee of our party asked you to serve with him, anybody would be honored to receive that call and to accept it, of course.
According to two separate reports, Romney is being talked up as a running mate by members of the Bush inner circle. But McCain and his closest advisers have little regard for their former rival thanks to the bitter, year-long race waged between the two Republicans.
Romney says, however, that he thinks the wounds have healed.
There are really no hard feelings, I don't think, on either side of this," he said in the interview. "There were no pacts and so forth that make people feel like that we will never come together. Instead these campaigns are all coming together. We are supporting our nominee enthusiastically, aggressively."
Romney said his top fundraisers have already met with McCain's campaign.
"We are laying out ways we can support his campaign.
Romney also belittled the Democrats, saying that he thought Barack Obama would eventually emerge as their nominee and that such an outcome would play to the GOP's favor.
"I think he is the better match-up for Senator McCain because the public recognizes just how inexperienced he is," Romney said. "With Senator Clinton there is some confusion in perception that somehow being there while her husband was president made her a foreign policy-national security experienced person. She is not. She doesn't have any more experience, really, of a significant nature than Barack Obama does. But in Barack Obama's case, people recognize this guy was a state senator and before that he was a community activist. He has been a United States senator for a short, short period of time. He is in no significant way qualified to lead the country at a time of war, to lead the country out of an economic challenge. This is not a person who can stand up to Senator McCain.
To make his case, Romney employed a canine metaphor.
Listening to Obama and Clinton discuss their national security credentials, Romney said, is akin to "listening to two chihuahuas argue about which is the biggest dog."
"When it comes to national security, John McCain is the big dog, and they are the chihuahuas," he said.
McCain will be on Romney's turf tomorrow night for a fundraiser in Boston, but aides to the Arizonan's campaign were uncertain if their former rival would be in attendance. The two last appeared together when Romney endorsed McCain last month in the former governor's Hub headquarters.
Big dogs make mucho stinky poo.
Just great! Isn’t that what the moonbats call BJ?
Oh, looks like they FINALLY convicned him......such resistance....so much humility.
This won’t happen. Personal animosity would be difficult to overcome.
“Romney says he’d take Veep, calls McCain “Big Dog”
Mitt, you are wrong. McBoob is the stuff that comes OUT OF THE DOG.
Romney volunteering to carry the pooper scooper?
Romney’s such a suck-up. Aside from that, though, this wouldn’t balance the ticket at all and would give no one any impetus to vote for McCain because of his VP. Romney is just a slightly less unpleasant McCain, and perhaps even a little more liberal.
"He opened the door to being #2. The correct answer is simple The selection of a running mate is up to the nominee. I have not been asked and do not expect to be asked. Anything further I would say would be inappropriate and create a distraction for John McCain. Period. End of answer. End of issue."Is lobbying for Veep only a problem if Huckabee leaves the door or if Romney is practically begging for it.
One liberal on the ticket was one too many. Adding Romney would mean two liberals. No thanks.
Please God, no. There are real conservatives out there who would make fine VPs. And in terms of electibility, there’s a reason or five that Romney didn’t catch on in spite of throwing tens of millions around.
Antoine Carr was the original Big Dog.
I probably won’t vote for McCain, but I sure as hell won’t vote for McCain and Romney.
Romney is the biggest fake this side of when Hillary kisses Bill.
Well this is an interesting turn of events although I don’t know what to make of it.
First, I’m not convinced that Romney means it. Though why’s he throwing it out there? I just can’t imagine McCain and Romney getting along very well. And like someone upthread mentioned, I don’t see Romney as any big vote getter for McCain.
I’d have chosen Romney over McCain and in fact I voted for Romney over McCain. But as a VP candidate to McCain.
I’m a bit underwhelmed.
We’ll see what comes of this.
Maybe Romney can loan some money for McCain’s campaign. He’s going to need it.
LOL! This gives Mitt the chance to flip back to his Massachusetts positions on all the issues.
No "we" here. Speak for yourself. McCain/Romney would be a double nightmare. Besides, Mr. Speech Police would have to go around denouncing his own VP alot, wouldn't he? McCain is going to have to pick some soft spoken lady or something, else the left will just call on him to denounce his own running mate all the time.
McCain must do better than this.
Regardless of how you feel about Romney, the fact is that he does not get votes. He demonstrated miserably that even his millions would not buy votes. And it will take votes to win in November.
He’s almost begging for the job. Pathetic!
Romney may not be the perfect choice, but I’ll take him any day over Lindsey Graham, who following McCain around like a lost puppy — including the current trip to the middle east.
McCain is far and away better than what the Dems are offering and at least Romney would give voters something to count on should McCain’s health fail.
There was a tremendous amount of animosity between JFK and LBJ, but Kennedy needed Johnson to get the southern vote and a winning team was born. ;-)
I love it that there are no stories about how McCain is considering Huckabee. That guy is a twerp and I am glad he finally picked up his huge ego and went home.
He already blew his kids’ inheritance.
I agree. A VP pick means nothing other than an attempt to pull a few more voters in. Also McCain isn’t the type to let a disagreement with his VP get in the way of doing whatever in the hell he damned well pleases.
Wow. The anti-McCain crowd is also anti-Romney. Or is it the Huckabee-Tancredo-Hunter FR thread spam axis?
Knock me over with a feather.
Now we’re going to have to read shrill, screaching anti-Romney ditties for the next month. I don’t know if I can take it.
Using terms like “Big Dog” and putting on a show of deference is to be expected of a supplicant, err, applicant for the position of Vice President.
Romney has nothing to offer, but causing McCain to lose the South.
Romney will add the financial experience McCain doesn’t have.
“Using terms like Big Dog and putting on a show of deference is to be expected of a supplicant, err, applicant for the position of Vice President.”
Romney also exposed his throat, laid on his back, and exposed his tummy for scratching while moving his rear excitedly.
Romney is a smart and honest technocrat who would probably work his ass off for the public good. I trust the geek.
I don't care what job he takes, Prez, Veep, Cabinet, whatever...
We need to elect a Republican President and get Romney inside national government. He can do good there.
People hate him because he has perfect hair...
And a billion dollars....
And fresh-faced flawless children...
And rock-hard rippling abs...
Oh my God. I think I have a man-crush.
“Yeah. Romney’s a real vote getter. He wowed them in the primaries.”
He could only guarantee Utah’s vote. Huckabee would draw more votes for McCain than Romney every would. Huckabee would shore up the religious conservative base and the Southern vote.
Of course, neither of these men will be McCain’s pick.
Maybe Mitt is planning to put “Big Dog” McLame in a pet carrier, and drive around with him on the roof of his car.
Public sector, executive level experience (as Governor): check
Private sector, executive level experience (at Bain): check
Problem solver (2002 Winter Olympics): check
Effective debator (held his own in debates): check
High energy campaigner (compared to Thompson): check
Deep pockets (for 2008 campaign): check
Vote-getter (#2 at the end of Super Tuesday, won as R in very D state): check
He’s merely waiting for the signal from McCain as to whether or not he’s sucked up enough by calling him “big dog.” I suspect McCain might want him to suck up just a wee bit more, you know, just to make it clear who’s the big dog.
little lindsey has always been mcCain's lap dog
Romney’s merely waiting for the signal from McCain as to whether or not he’s sucked up enough by calling him “big dog.” I suspect McCain might want him to suck up just a wee bit more, you know, just to make it clear who’s the big dog.
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>>”When it comes to national security, John McCain is the big dog, and they are the chihuahuas,” he said.<<
Yep. The big dog that falls asleep on the porch, while the vermin sneak into the corn.
—John McCain today condemned remarks by former Governor Mitt Romney that compared the Democratic candidates to chihuahuas.——
..Quite honestly, I don’t think a VP choice means much of anything...
With McCain, it means something, because of his AGE.