WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- Mitt Romney's wife has confirmed a tidbit about the vice presidential search that her husband has largely been keeping secret: He's considering choosing a woman.
"We've been looking at that, and I love that option as well," Ann Romney told CBS News in an interview with her husband that was broadcast Thursday. "There's a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, vacationing with his family at its lakeside estate in Wolfeboro, is facing mounting criticism from inside the party about the state of his campaign.
Officially, the campaign says Romney is doing what he's done for the past decade -- enjoying family time during a weeklong holiday in New Hampshire. It's also a break from the campaign trail and a chance to relax before the pre-convention push.
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Unofficially, the downtime is a chance for the contemplative Romney to consider whom to tap for the No. 2 slot, how the campaign is going and whether to adjust strategy in a contest that polls show is close.
Romney declined in the interview to describe the status of the vice presidential search: "That's something I'm keeping close with my team." He also didn't respond to growing calls within Republican circles for him to shake up his staff after a series of missteps.
Conservative opinion leaders, including media titan Rupert Murdoch, are calling for Romney to rethink his top staff. GOP officials in key states are also increasingly calling on Romney to talk about issues beyond his key message -- that the economy remains weak under President Barack Obama -- and to be more specific about what he would do as president.