Meet the Press   |  November 03, 2013

Romney reflects on running mate selection

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about why he ultimately chose Paul Ryan and not Chris Christie as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election.

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>> as you know, there is a lot of talk about 2016 . that happens immediately after 2012 . you considered chris christie to be your running mate and ultimately you rejected him, and some reporting in the book indicates that there was some concerns about his background and your own investigations and your own vetting process. here's what they report in the book. the dossier on the garden state governor's background was littered with potential landmines. there was no point in thinking about christie further. with the clock running out, romney pulled the plug on it for food. questions about his lawsuits, his health, indeed his weight. do you look at those issues as disqualifyi disqualifying, and if so, why?

>> i know the vetting people who went through that analysis and put together the report laid everything out. frankly, there wasn't anything they found that wasn't already part of the public record and hadn't been dealt with effectively by chris christie . there was nothing new there. the reason i chose paul ryan was, as i indicated before, which paul had a complement of skills and experience that i thought would be helpful if he actually became vice president. i had been a governor. i hadn't worked in washington . he had been in washington . he was a budget pro. and i figured his relationships in washington , his knowledge of the budget would be a good compliment to me. and chris, by the way, chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. they don't come better than chris christie .

>> but you obviously had concerns about his health, his weight and other issues. if he does seek the nomination, do you think these are going to become issues? you yourself are reported as saying in the book a government race is not an important vetting process, these issues will come to the fore again. is there something he should be concerned about?

>> i know in a campaign people dredge up all the old stuff again. with regards to his health, his health is very solid, very good. there's not an issue there. i know the democrats will try to go after him if he's our nominee in any way they can, but you can't argue with the kind of success he's had. he's been the governor. he's about to win on tuesday, i think, pretty solidly, and his record as governor really stands out. new jersey, after all, is a very blue state . he's a very popular governor in a very blue state . that's the kind of popularity and the kind of track record the republican parties needs if we're going to take back the white house .