Reaction to our list of potential Romney running mates drew reaction today from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and from Oklahoma City.
In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin was asked about being listed as a potential vice presidential candidate.
“I haven’t heard from candidate Mitt Romney on that but it’s certainly a great honor to even be mentioned as a possibility,” Fallin told KOCO-TV reporter Katy Blakey.
Would she accept if asked?
“Well that is, that is something that we would just have to wait and see,” Fallin said.
A decidedly different answer came from CIA headquarters in Langley.
CIA Director David Petraeus made our list as a long-shot “wildcard” possibility for vice president. That prompted a quick response from CIA spokesman Jennifer Youngblood.
“Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office,” Youngblood said in a written statement.
That sounds pretty definitive. And as we pointed out, we don’t even know if Petraeus is a Republican or a Democrat.
But, then again, Petraeus is an Army man, and as such he surely knows that saying he will not “seek” public office only goes so far. It was Army General William Tecumseh Sherman who set the standard for being a non-candidate when he said, “If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”