When they were in competition with each other, Mitt Romney and John McCain fought bare-knuckled for the presidential nomination. But now that McCain has secured the place and is on the lookout for a running-mate, speculation that Romney will be chosen is mounting. So what would the conservative Mormon bring to the table as the country's vice president?
Romney campaigned for the primaries with a video that began "McCain is not as conservative as Romney". Describing himself as "a full-spectrum conservative" and a supporter of "limited government", the "preservation of marriage", and "a foreign policy based on the national interest", Romney sparked a fierce battle between the two. Each insisted that he was the one who would work hardest for the economy and for freedom of speech, and fight hardest against abortion rights, gay marriage and terrorism, until the former governor of Massachusetts stepped down in early February. Five months later and the dual long over, everyone wants to know whether the pair would, and could, work together in the White House.
Thomas Keeley is a Mitt Romney fan and Republican Party supporter from Washington DC. He runs the blog DCRepublican.
Alec Dale is a Republican supporter and taxi driver from New York. He writes the blog Punk Rock Republican.
Next, McCain is an amazing human being but he looks like a little gnome. You don't want a guy smaller and whiter next to you, which is what he'll get with Romney.
I think Giuliani should do it. With him you've got a strong economic background and a great track record with terrorism. He cut the murder rate by 75% in New York and completely overhauled the economy. He's the perfect guy."
McCain and Romney fight over interrogation methods in a live CNN debate that took place on November 28, 2008. While ex-war vet McCain said that he disagreed with waterboarding, Romney said it was better not to discuss the matter but did insist on continuation of imprisonment without trial at Guantanamo.
One of Mitt Romney's campaign videos, released 1 January 08.