Mitt Romney to Jay Leno: Rick Santorum can be my press secretary(Read article summary)
OK, Mitt Romney was kidding about that Tuesday during his first appearance of the campaign season on 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno. GOP rival Rick Santorum is 'basically a good guy,' Romney said.
Leno tried to draw Romney out on what heâ€™s looking for in a running mate, but the former Massachusetts governor said he didnâ€™t have a list. Leno was incredulous. â€śIt would be presumptuous,â€ť Romney said.
Romney then tried his hand at a little humor, suggesting heâ€™d sideline Lenoâ€™s biggest competitor by giving him a new job. â€śIâ€™ll tell you what, I can do you a favor with this,â€ť Romney said. â€śIâ€™ll choose David Letterman. He could help us both out.â€ť
Haha. Then Leno threw out a serious list, and requested a one-word response for each. Â Â
Leno didnâ€™t sound convinced. Romney tried again: â€śMan of strong will, great strength.â€ť
â€śA man of girth?â€ť Leno suggested.
Romney didnâ€™t take the bait. â€śIf you attack Chris Christie, youâ€™re going to get more than you bargain for,â€ť he said.
Leno gave up.
â€śIâ€™ll try for smaller words next time,â€ť Romney joked. Â
Romney: â€śThe American dream.â€ť
Paul Ryan, House Budget chairman: â€śCreative.â€ť
Donald Trump: â€śHuge.â€ť
Rick Santorum: Â â€śPress secretary.â€ť
Ouch. As the likely runner-up in the GOP nomination race, former Senator Santorumâ€™s name has come up as a possible running mate for Romney. Just a few days ago, Santorum called Romney the â€śworst Republicanâ€ť to run against President Obama (on the health-care issue), then later said â€śof courseâ€ť he would consider being Romneyâ€™s running mate if asked.
Romney cut him some slack, saying he understands what itâ€™s like to run for office and be â€śonâ€ť all the time.
â€śRick Santorumâ€™s a good guy, heâ€™s running a good campaign,â€ť Romney said. â€śWe have some differences in background and differences on some issues, but basically a good guy. Iâ€™m happy with him saying heâ€™d like to be part of an administration with me, nothing wrong with that.â€ť