As the scuttlebutt surrounding Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate continues unabated, a couple of Republicans are shamelessly putting themselves forward, hoping for consideration.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said Romney “might be able to convince” him to serve as his No. 2 on the Republican presidential ticket.
“He might be able to convince me. He’s a convincing guy, but I really love this job. I really want to stay in this job” Christie said during a high school visit in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey. […]
“I really have no interest in being vice president, but if Governor Romney calls and asks me to sit down and talk to him about it, I’d listen because I think you owe the nominee of your party that level of respect and who knows what he’s going to say,” Christie said. “We’ll wait and see.”
Hmm. Christie “really” isn’t interested in the gig; it’s just a coincidence that he finds himself talking about his availability for the 2012 ticket over and over and over again in recent weeks, while taking steps to raise his national profile.
Perhaps “he might be able to convince me” is Christie’s way of playing hard to get?
For the record, the governor may have trouble overcoming the vetting process – Christie has been burdened by multiple controversies recently, and polls show him doing little to improve his party’s chances of winning New Jersey in November.
However, this will not, apparently, interfere with Christie’s not-so-subtle campaigning for the VP slot.