Women are being considered as possible candidates to run with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on the November ballot, the GOP candidate’s wife said July 5.

“We’ve been looking at that,” Ann Romney told CBS News in an interview. “There’s a lot of people Mitt is considering right now.”

She declined to say more about the list of possible vice president candidates to be paired with the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, other than to note that, as the former Massachusetts governor’s wife, she has offered advice in the selection process and would “love that option” of a female running mate.

Among the Black Republican women who could be added to a list of women running mate possibilities are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Rice, the subject of speculation in June, rejected the idea. And while Carroll, a Navy veteran and the first woman elected to statewide office in Florida has been silent, political journalists see Carroll as a possible aid to a Romney candidacy.

“Her nomination could potentially defuse the `Country Club’ image many have of the GOP top brass, and her knowledge of world affairs, along with her well-spoken, professional appearance, would help eliminate the bad taste left over from the McCain-Palin ticket,” according to examiner.com political reporter John Guzzardo in Tampa, Fla., site of the 2012 Republican presidential nominating convention.

Carroll was elected in 2010 and has frequently been a prominent speaker at Romney appearances in Florida. Guzzardo and other political journalists have noted how she enhanced the candidacy of Gov. Rick Scott and is a deeply religious social conservative.

Frank Torres, a political analyst who has appeared on CFNews-13, a central Florida television station, said Carroll “filled a need on the Rick Scott campaign. She’s better behind the podium than the Governor, had legislative experience … and put a much needed presence of diversity on the Republican ticket.”

“Carroll will be a potential `for real’ pick for Veep if Florida Governor Jeb Bush decides to not endorse Senator Marco Rubio,” Guzzardo wrote in May.

In an interview with National Public Radio in April, Carroll said many GOP policies echo the views of African American families. “From religious values and moral compass and economics and education, they fall right in line with conservative principals,” she said.

“I think we get so much into the partisanship and the divide and the demonizing of character … that we go away from really understanding the policies and the issues and we go off course, which is unfortunate,” she said, adding that GOP policies have benefited women and created more opportunities for equality.

Meanwhile, Rice took herself out of the veep sweepstakes. . “ I don’t see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I’m not particularly fond of politics,” she told CBS News June 26.

“There is no way I will do this, because it’s really not me,” she said. “I know my strengths, and Governor Romney needs to find someone who wants to run with him.” Rice apparently raises funds for conservative super political action campaigns (PACs) and personally advocates retreats for Romney, but said she doesn’t think she fits as a candidate for elective office.

However, according to Yahoo! News the Romney camp has dropped hints that Rice is being considered and that if there are women being evaluated for the position, “Rice could certainly be on that list.”

Romney hopes to choose a running mate prior to the August Republican National Convention, where he’s expected to accept the GOP’s presidential nomination, according to Fox News.


Jessika Morgan

AFRO Staff Writer