Romney Gains Ground in Veepstakes

Business acumen is the peg
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 7:47 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney’s business acumen, national profile, and fundraising chops have put him among the elite of VP hopefuls, Reuters reports. And while he and John McCain exchanged nasty barbs during the primaries, the mutual resentment seems to have subsided, at least on the surface. "Mitt and Ann Romney and Cindy and I have become good friends," said McCain. Besides, a little animosity "never stops anyone from joining into an alliance if they can win," said one analyst.

With voters sweating the economy, McCain needs a running mate with business sense, and the ex-venture capitalist may be it. Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic notes that when McCain jokes with you, you’re in. To wit: “I’m appreciative every time I see Mitt on television on my behalf. He does a better job for me than he did for himself as a matter of fact.”