Ann Romney Hints at Woman Being Eyed for VP Ticket
Mitt Romney's wife says her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall. Several women have been mentioned as possible vice presidential candidates — among them former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Governors Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico; New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State.
Associated Press, Newsmax, July 6, 2012
Ann Romney told CBS News, "We've been looking at that and I love that option as well."
She said the person selected for the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket should be "someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities."
Two other high-profile Republican women, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are not considered likely candidates.
It was Palin who broke the mold when John McCain chose her as his running mate in 2008. She was the first woman to be nominated on a Republican ticket for the White House.
Kerry Healey, who was Romney’s lieutenant governor when he was governor of Massachusetts, told Newsmax that the candidate works well with women. She pointed out that his administration in Boston was 50 percent female.
“We were the only state in the nation that had that at the time,” said Healey, now the Romney campaign’s special adviser and foreign-policy coordinator. “He did that deliberately.
“He values women’s contribution in the workplace. He also had a very family-friendly environment within our administration,” Healey added. “He not only respected our work as women, and as coworkers, but he also respected our roles at home.”
Healey said that whomever Romney chooses, it will be someone “who would be a full partner, who would work as a key member of his administration.
“And that that person would be given significant responsibility,” she emphasized.
But it will also have to be someone who can match Romney’s ...
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