by Steven Ertelt
March 30, 2007
Bluffton, SC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in South Carolina Thursday and he named several pro-life elected officials who would be potential running mates should he get the GOP nomination. Romney warned that the names were just some of the people he might consider.
The former Massachusetts governor is running as a pro-life candidate, but he has drawn significant criticism for changing his position on abortion just a couple years ago.
Some pro-life advocates say the change of heart is legitimate while others say it came about simply because he wants to be president.
Naming a pro-life running mate would be one way Romney could prove his credentials.
Some of the people Romney said he would consider include South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
According to the Associated Press, Romney played to the local crowd by focusing on people from South Carolina.
"There’s some wonderful people right here in this state, as you know, Governor Sanford being one of them," Romney said. He also said he is "pretty partial" to pro-life South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
"I have to be honest with you, I haven’t given a lot of thought to that, so I don’t want to put any names in that hat right now," Romney added.
He did mention Bush, a fellow former governor, calling him "quite a guy."
"I love him. If his name weren’t Bush, he’d be running for president, I’m convinced," Romney said, according to AP.
However, to be in a position to name a vice-presidential candidate, Romney first has to obtain the Republican nomination. Currently he lags in the polls behind pro-abortion ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who opposes abortion but supports embryonic stem cell research.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who has mentioned he may seek the GOP nomination, also leads Romney in new polls.
Several other Republicans are also in the mix including pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback, Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas, and former governors Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin and Jim Gilmore of Virginia.