By Emily Goodin - 08/29/12 03:55 AM EDT
There was one person Romney adviser Beth Myers didn’t talk to during her vetting of Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanThe beginning of the end for Ted Cruz Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCA dinner address Obama jabs at GOP: Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? MORE (R-Wis.) as Mitt Romney’s running mate — his mom.
“I assumed she would say good things about him,” Myers said Tuesday at an event sponsored by ABC News and Yahoo!.
And while the process involves talking to just about anyone a contender had ever met, moms weren’t on Myers’s agenda.
She admitted it wasn’t just Ryan’s mom she left off her list.
“That was not one of the references I sought,” she noted of her search criteria for the candidates.
Ryan brought his mom, Betty Douglas, on the campaign trail with him earlier this month when he was in Florida. And when he made his first home-state appearance after being named Romney’s vice president, the Wisconsin lawmaker had tears in his eyes when he pointed out his mom in the crowd.
Douglas, who lives part-time in Florida, accompanied Ryan, his wife and their children from Wisconsin to Tampa on Tuesday morning, according to reports.