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Mitt Romney considering a female running mate, wife says

Ann Romney says her husband, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is considering a female running mate and she is excited about the prospect of a woman on the GOP ticket.

“We’ve been looking at that, and I’d love that option as well,” Ann Romney said in a CBS News interview with her husband at their lakefront vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H. “There’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”

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The Romneys discussed the vice presidential selection process on the Fourth of July, the same day that they marched in Wolfeboro’s Independence Day parade with New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, a rumored contender.

Ann Romney would not say whether she has a favorite but said there are several people whom she “really like[s] a lot.”

In broad strokes, the would-be first lady painted a picture of the person who will ultimately run alongside Mitt Romney: “I think it’s someone that obviously can do the job but also will be able to carry through some of the other responsibilities. I think our country’s in such deep trouble right now, and I think it’s going to take someone else that’s going to be there with Mitt, that Mitt will enjoy with the same personality type, that will enjoy spending time with them, and also competent, capable and willing to serve this country. I think there’s lots of good people out there that fill that bill right now.”

After trailing President Obama among female voters, Romney nudged ahead in May, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll that gave him a 2-point edge among women. The list of women who are considered vice presidential possibilities includes Ayotte, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The process of choosing a running mate is being overseen by Beth Myers, a longtime Romney aide.

In the interview, Mitt Romney offered no further details about his vice presidential pick. Asked to elaborate on his wife’s description, Romney smiled and said, “What she said.”

The former Massachusetts governor also declined to say when he might announce his decision.

“I can’t tell you that,” Romney said. “I have an idea in mind, but that’s something that I’m keeping close with my team.”

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.

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