WASHINGTON--Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, told ABC's Diane Sawyer that he launched his vice presidential search over the weekend and tapped long-time advisor Beth Myers to lead the review and vetting process.
Sawyer interviewed Romney and his wife Ann in Boston at Fenway Park on Monday morning for ABC World News wit Diane Sawyer and Nightline..Based on Mrs. Romney's comments, she is also involved in the vice presidential search.
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"I have selected someone who has been an counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers, she was my Chief of Staff when I was governor," said Romney.
"I've asked her to be the person who oversees the process of the vice presidential selection and vetting an analysis and so she's begun that process and is putting together the kinds of things you need to do to vet potential candidates," said Romney.
Asked if there was a deadline for choosing his running mate, Romney said he does have a deadline in mind but would not reveal the specifics.
"It would certainly be by the time of the convention," he said. "I don't think we've chosen the time we'd actually make an announcement."
Mrs. Romney said that this past weekend, which the couple spent in Florida fundraising, was the first time they had actually spoken seriously about a vice presidential pick.
"You know its been interesting this weekend was the first time we seriously really talked about it and there are some wonderful people out there," said Mrs. Romney. "So we're thinking about it now and we haven't allowed ourselves to go there yet and I think this is a time when we realize it's very important and it's time to think about it."