Rather than picking the former Massachusetts governor, McCain made the surprise pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in his quest for the White House, The Boston Globe reported Saturday.
Doug Gross, who was chairman of Romney's presidential campaign in Iowa, said he would be "shocked" if Romney were not named to a Cabinet position in a McCain presidency.
"He's clearly a guy who has got all the executive tools to solve some of the problems our country faces. I very much expect that," Gross was quoted as saying.
Despite not being the GOP vice presidential nominee, Romney will "continue to be a pretty powerful force in the Republican Party nationally," said former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci.
Ron Kaufman, a member of the Republican National Committee from Massachusetts and Romney senior adviser, said he was disappointed Romney was not McCain's pick.
"I'm a huge fan of Mitt Romney, and I think he's a tremendously talented person, and would bring lots to the table in ways that are different than the governor of Alaska," Kaufman said.
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