By Emily Goodin - 08/28/12 05:43 PM EDT
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.