New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a bit of advice for presidential candidate Mitt Romney: pick a pro-life running mate to challenge pro-abortion President Barack Obama and pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden.
“If you’re voting for somebody at the top of the ticket who’s pro-life, and vice presidents often – not always, but often – wind up succeeding to leadership of the party, if not leadership of the country,” Christie said over the weekend, “You know, people want some consistency in that regard.”
Romney has already pledged to pick a pro-life vice presidential running mate and Christie said he didn’t expect Romney to have someone as his number two who didn’t agree with his pro-life position.
“Do I think it’s possible? I think it’s possible,” Christie said of the possibility of Romney picking someone pro-abortion. “Do I think it’s likely? No. And do I think it’s advisable? No. I wouldn’t do it.”
“You know, again, this is going to be Governor Romney’s choice,” he continued, adding, “he can choose whoever he wants. If he asks for my advice, I’d give him my advice on it. He hasn’t asked for my advice on who he’s going to pick for vice president yet.”
Christie also criticized Democrats for having a nearly ubiquitous pro-abortion party.
“The Democratic Party won’t even let someone who’s pro-life speak at their convention,” Christie said.
During a 2011 presidential candidate forum in South Carolina, Romney made a pledge to only select a running mate who hared his pro-life views on abortion.
Moderator: Governor Romney, will the person you chose as your vice presidential running mate be someone who shares your pro-life and pro-marriage convictions?
Romney: I certainly imagine so, I haven’t made and selections in that regard…[as I look around at the people I would consider] I would expect that they would all be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage…but this is an important enough issue that the person that I would select in that position would share my views on those important issues.
Host: So more than just expectation – would share those views?
Romney: Yes.. that person would share my views, yeah.
Moreover, Romney talked with Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack about a vice-presidential selection in March and renewed his commitment to a pro-life running mate.
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Romney: “I don’t have a list at this stage. I haven’t put together a list. I haven’t done any thinking about a VP contender at this point. I would anticipate that whoever our nominee is would start with a very long list because frankly we have quite a group of people who have the skill and the credibility to be viable members of a national ticket. So he asked me about a couple of names but there are – I don’t have to tell you this – there’s a long list of very capable folks, including people who’ve run this cycle.”
TWS: “Would anyone on that list be pro-choice?”