With Mitt Romney emerging as the presumptive GOP candidate for president, talk is turning to possible vice presidential candidates. Whether it will be one of the former candidates in the race or one of the Republican favorites from outside of the race, each of the potential candidates has weighed in on whether they want to appear on the ticket. Here is a look at the possible candidates and how they feel about potentially appearing on the GOP ticket this November.
Santorum hasn't dropped out of the race yet, but if he does lose the race to Mitt Romney, he has said that he could be a vice presidential candidate for Mitt Romney, though Romney's camp has stated that they aren't interested, according to the National Review Online.
Marco Rubio has been considered a favorite for the GOP vice presidential nod. Many pundits, including those from the Washington Post, agree that Romney needs a running mate that will help him capture the Latino vote, which is where they believe Rubio can help the Romney campaign. For his part, Rubio has stated emphatically that he will not appear on the ticket as the vice presidential candidate, according to ABC News.
Paul Ryan gave Romney his official endorsement last week, according to Yahoo News. He said that Romney "has the skills, the tenacity and the courage." Ryan also did not rule out a Romney-Ryan ticket, though he did go on to say that it wasn't something that he is "even thinking about."
Rep. Ron Paul, who is lagging behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in the GOP race, has said that he will not agree to a Romney-Paul ticket. Paul went on record with his feelings according to the National Journal, saying, "I haven't said anything like that and I don't see how that would happen. There's too many disagreements… I'd have a hard time to expect him ever to invite me to campaign for him."
Newt Gingrich has not dropped out of the race yet, even though his biggest financial backer, Sheldon Adelson, has reported Gingrich's campaign as dead, according to The Guardian. The former Speaker of the House did go on record saying, "I wouldn't say no," to appearing on a Romney-Gingrich ticket, according to the New York Times.
- Mitt Romney
- Rick Santorum
- Marco Rubio