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2012 Republican Party vice presidential candidate selection

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Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was chosen by Mitt Romney as his running mate on August 11, 2012.
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was chosen by Mitt Romney as his running mate on August 11, 2012.

This article lists possible candidates for the Republican nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election. On May 29, 2012, former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts won a majority of pledged delegates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and became the presumptive nominee.[1][2]

On August 11, 2012, Romney officially announced his selection of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running-mate to supporters via an iPhone app, though the selection of Ryan had already leaked to the press hours before the official announcement.[3] Ryan was the first individual from Wisconsin to appear on a major party's national ticket, although third party presidential candidate Robert La Follette won 16% of the popular vote in the 1924 election.[4] The Romney-Ryan ticket ultimately lost in the general election to the Obama-Biden ticket, but the defeat did not harm Ryan's career; from 2015 to 2019, Ryan served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

Selection process

Romney asked Beth Meyers, an aide, to head up the search team for selecting a vice presidential candidate.[5] It was speculated that Romney might announce his running mate in July to create early enthusiasm and boost fundraising,[6] but this proved untrue. Romney stated that he would select a pro-life vice presidential candidate.[7]

Short list

According to the book Double Down, Romney's campaign narrowed down his list of potential nominees for Vice President to eleven individuals in April 2012:[8]

The list was later further narrowed down to five individuals: Christie, Pawlenty, Portman, Rubio, and Ryan.[9] According to Double Down, many on Romney's campaign favored Ryan because he was "young, telegenic, Irish Catholic, with blue collar appeal," and could potentially help the campaign in his competitive home state. Romney also personally liked Ryan and felt comfortable campaigning with him. Christie was also strongly considered, but the vetting process raised several issues.[8]

Media speculation on possible vice presidential candidates

Political analyst Larry Sabato stated that Romney could pick a vice presidential running mate that would help electorally such as by delivering a swing state or a demographic group.[10][11] Romney's associates suggested the VP pick was likely to be someone mild-mannered with high integrity and have a similar aptitude for analysis.[12] Media speculation and analysis on vice presidential picks included:

Members of Congress


Other Individuals

The announcement

Having returned from his overseas tour of the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland, Romney planned a bus tour of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida with his then-yet to be announced running mate.[citation needed] It was possible that Romney could have chosen to stall his announcement until at least August 12, the last day of the Summer Olympics, in order to attract greater media and voter attention while still allowing time for campaigning and fundraising before the Republican National Convention, which would begin on August 27.[13]

On August 10, 2012, it was announced that Romney would introduce his running mate on August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia, after touring the USS Wisconsin,[14][15][16][17] leading several news sources to speculate that his choice would be U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.[18] Shortly after 7 a.m. on August 11, the Romney campaign officially announced Ryan as its choice for Vice President through its mobile app titled "Mitt's VP".[19]

See also


  1. ^ Romney Finally Gets His Title: Presumptive Republican Nominee Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.National Journal. April 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nomination". CNN. May 30, 2012.
  3. ^ Rucker, Philip; Helderman, Rosalind S. (August 12, 2012). "Gallery". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Ryan joins host of Wisconsin politicians in U.S. limelight Archived December 8, 2012, at (August 11, 2012), Wisconsin State-Journal.
  5. ^ Mitt Romney begins vice presidential selection process Archived April 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.The State Column. April 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Romney Might Unveil VP Pick Early". June 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Gray, Kathleen (February 22, 2012) Mitt Romney peppered with questions at Michigan plant.Detroit Free Press
  8. ^ a b Halperin, Mark (November 2, 2013). "The Hunt for Pufferfish: A Double Down Excerpt". Time. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker (October 31, 2013). "Obama's advisers considered replacing Biden with Clinton, according to book". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Higgins, Matthew L. (April 3, 2012).Let The Vetting Begin: Attention Turning to Romneys potential VP Candidate.CBS News.
  11. ^ Mitt Romney's possible running mates Archived April 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Xfinity News, April 2012.
  12. ^ Shroeder, Peter (April 25, 2012).Romney will pick mini-Mitt for VP, his Bain Capital hires suggest Archived April 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Romney campaign releases app to alert supporters of VP pick". Boston Globe. July 31, 2012.
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  17. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Barbaro, Michael (August 10, 2012). "Romney to Announce Running Mate Saturday". The New York Times.
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  19. ^ Zeleny, Jeff; Rutenberg, Jim (August 11, 2012). "Romney Adds Ryan to the Republican Ticket". The New York Times.

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