Speaking at the Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference on Friday morning, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said military experience is the most important trait that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate must have.
“First time in 77 years there is a possibility that neither the sitting president and vice president, or the candidates for president and vice president have served in the military … and when I look at the number one title for president of the United States of America is commander in chief, that’s what concerns me,” West said.
West based his comments on what he sees as Romney’s need to fill the holes in his own resume with a running mate.
“I think that whoever Governor Romney is as a presidential candidate, he has to do his own self-assessment, self-analysis and understand ‘where are my weaknesses,’” West said. “Therefore, the person that I have running with me as my ‘fox-hole buddy,’ if I want to put it in military terms, they have to be someone that shores up where I see my weakness are so we can be a really strong command team, leadership team.”
West initially laughed when a student asked him to weigh in on a potential GOP vice presidential candidate.
“Oh man, there are cameras on here,” West said. The congressman then went on to tamp down any speculation that he himself was ever a potential pick. “I was never being considered,” he said.