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Is Romney Considering a Female Running Mate?

Ann Romney has set off a firestorm of speculation after saying her husband might be considering a female running mate. Do you think this would be a smart move on his part?

Ann Romney set off another round of veep speculation when in a interview Wednesday she suggested that her husband, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, might be considering a female running mate.

The New York Daily News reported that further speculation was generated when he walked in a Fourth of July Parade just after that with Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Is this a wise move? So far a woman on the ticket hasn’t been much help in a campaign. It didn’t help Democratic candidate Walter Mondale in 1984 when he choose Geraldine Ferraro as a running mate and it didn’t help Republican candidate Sen. John McCain when he picked Sarah Palin in 2008.

However, Romney is reportedly not polling well among women, so some say choosing a female running mate might help him in that specific demographic.

East Haven Patch readers, what do you think? Would this be a smart move and if so, what potential running mate do you think he could choose without repeating the history of Ferraro or Palin?

Doreen Boudreau Hausler July 08, 2012 at 09:25 PM
These candidates who recruit a female running mate, in an attempt to attract the female vote, need to understand that we are on to them. For most of us, we don't care the gender of a candidate, we care about their background, their platform, and their feeling on issues. Please don't simply choose a female, in an attempt to lull us. Women are smarter than to fall for such tactics. And, no. Romney is not polling well among women. He's not going to help himself by simply choosing a female running mate. He may however help himself by paying attention to issues that concern women, and modifying his stance on some of them. Women vote. We also pay attention. And, we won't be swooned by a candidate simply running with another woman. Honest.
Chas Holman July 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I am just a bit older than Mitt, and was born and raised LDS (Mormon). Like me, Mitt is old school.. unlike me, Mitt takes this stuff very seriously. When Mitt and I were kids (Ironically I was born in Detroit, my parents went to the same Church (but not ward) and my mother used to watch some of the Romney klan in our home), we were taught that not only were people of color sinners in a past life, and had ZERO chance of getting to the Celestial Kingdom unless they came back in the next life less sin free and white, but that women were subservient to men. To this day there is NOT one person in power in the LDS church that is a woman.. NOT ONE. We were taught that there will be a great Mormon leader in the presidency days preceding the second coming, this will be the sign it is happening. There is NO WAY Mitt is going to have a minority or a woman a heartbeat away from leadership under his watch.. BEST BET IN VEGAS..
Flowers July 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
It is a well documented sociological fact that women are jealous and distrustful of one another and would never widely support a female for president or vice president.
Kerry Martens July 09, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Condi Rice would have been a great presidential candidate, let alone vice president candidate. Her qualifications can stand up to anyone's period.
Lise Cavallaro July 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Agreed, Kerry. She would make a fantastic running mate. Definitely a better choice than Mr. Biden!
Lou July 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I love Condoleeza Rice. She would be a perfect running mate. I would vote for him just to get her in as VP.
linda July 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Ms. Rice would have my vote if she ran for Pres. Maybe the men should step aside and let the women straighten out the mess they've made.

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