The Washington Times - March 28, 2012, 12:54AM

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, appearing on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday evening, said he appreciates Rick Santorum’s willingness to serve in a Romney administration, but stopped well short of offering the former Pennsylvania senator the vice presidential slot.

Mr. Romney, who drew big cheers when he was introduced and seemed comfortable trading quips with host Jay Leno, said he hopes Republicans will unite behind his candidacy before the convention, but said it would be “presumptuous” to talk about vice presidential candidates.


Mr. Leno persisted, though, asking the former Massachusetts governor for one-word descriptions of fellow Republicans:

“Indomitable,” he said when Mr. Leno mentioned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“The American dream,” he said to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“Creative,” to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

When the host said, “Donald Trump,” Mr. Romney said “Huge,” using the real estate magnate’s own catchword.

But when Mr. Leno said, “Rick Santorum,” the former governor shot back: “Press secretary,” drawing some chuckles from the crowd.