Romney names possible running mate
November 22nd, 2011
01:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney names possible running mate

(CNN) – GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Monday dropped a name for a possible running mate should he secure his party's nomination.

"There are probably 15 names of people, including (New Hampshire Sen.) Kelly Ayotte," Romney said in an interview on Fox News. "I mean, there are terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors' offices."

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

Ayotte, who was sitting next to Romney at the time of the interview, threw her support behind Romney this weekend in a highly coveted endorsement.

The first-term senator was elected in 2010 with 60% of the vote and is seen as a strong conservative on issues of finance and defense. A former state attorney general, Ayotte voted against the debt deal hammered out in Congress this summer.

Asked who she thinks Romney should consider for vice president, Ayotte pointed to names already floating around in GOP circles: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

She also pointed to Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico as a strong candidate.

While Romney has been criticized from the right for being too moderate, Ayotte said her main focus was electing a Republican who could oust President Barack Obama from the White House.

"(Romney) is the person who can lead our country, change the direction, bring those conservative principles that we need to the White House and most importantly make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president," Ayotte said in the interview.

The former Massachusetts governor has remained steady in the top tier of the GOP presidential field, but a new CNN/ORC International Poll this week showed Romney falling slightly behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

And while Romney was hesitant to list any more possible VP contenders, the candidate said there's no short list of potential names.

"You've got extraordinary men and women," Romney said. "We have a very deep bench."

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    Willard's trying to court the women' vote. Too bad he flip flops so much on abortion. No matter who Willard's running mate is, he'll still lose. I guess he's not that good at math or just oblivious to facts. His poll numbers don't move and they won;t move. True TEAvangelicals are not going to vote for Willard.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    E. WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    November 22, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Wow. I do believe he just reached the Jedi level of primary-season kissassery. What an absolute pandering buffoon.

    November 22, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Mark in VA

    He will have a "short-list" of 50,,one from each state....Such a Player...

    November 22, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. diridi

    wrong choice, Next....

    November 22, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Sue

    Mitt Romney 2012!!! Time to put intelligence, competence, and ethics in our White House again!! It is time to make our economy and country number one again!!

    November 22, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    America, do you want a Chairman-In-Chief, or do you want a Commander-In-Chief? That is what the general election is going to come down to. Do you want someone who is going to return to ideologically driven policies of the Bush Administration, protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class? Or do you want someone who answers directly to the middle class?

    November 22, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Obama is a closet muslim

    Anyone right now would be better then Obama, he has taken this country in the wrong direction and will continue to do so. He has no leader ship skills, he sits passively back and lets this country sink. His Dem-mo-crap buddies are no better. All they are worried about is do not cut this do not cut this, let the goverment run every part of your life. Got a problem? Lets form a new department to address the porblem. Demo-craps and Obama, bad for this country bad for the world,

    Vote Rommey 2012

    November 22, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. stevie

    Kelley Ayotte is a great choice.

    November 22, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. curious

    Don't take this guy lightly. This is a dangerous man who will do more harm to this country than the 2010 elections.

    November 22, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Thomas

    The elitist and the angry lady !

    Will anybody at tonights debate ask the CEO of America why none of his five sons volunteered for military service ?

    November 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Ahead-of-the-game...

    Romney is hatching the Chicks before the eggs are laid...He is no Leader....!

    November 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Willie K.

    Finally, the Mitt has come back to New Hampshire!!!! He reminds me of a pro wrestler dropping the town where the show is in his trash talk. Plain and simple pandering. Now, he can move on to another state and drop another popular local politician's name.

    November 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What an absolute pandering buffoon."

    I agree.

    November 22, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. ObamaCares

    Pickin' runnin' mates, measurin' drapes, what's next, Mittie? He'll flip over himself before the day is over.
    Obama/Biden 2012.

    November 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. John

    There no such thing as a Terrific Republican.

    November 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    Well at least Mittens did not waste any time rewarding Sen. Ayote for her endorsement, which is another form of "pay to play" I suppose. This should make the good senator even more famous than she was before!

    November 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    I think he should pick Paul Ryan. It would take the VP job from the ceremonial position it has become under Biden to a position of financial leadership that would serve America so much better.

    Speaking of Joe, I hope one of the banks or unions gives him a job when his time is up in 2013. They owe this administration big time and Joe is one of the best sidekicks a CEO could ask for.

    November 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Good God, I am from NH, and this would be the equivalent of John McCain picking Sarah Palin. What part of stupid don't these people understand? Are they trying to lose before they even get started?

    November 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney couldn’t get George Will endorsement but media is talking about his running mate pathetic

    November 22, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. The Other Michael in Houston

    Who cares, he wont win the GOP nomination, not even if he had Jesus Christ as his running mate. Mitt the morman and Jesus the Jew wouldn't even get 20% of the Republican vote........and Jesus is the one thing that all Republican worship other than money.

    November 22, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    BIG mistake for Willard to try and appease the TP crowd so early in the game. It is way too soon for him to be talking potential vice presidents - not to mention boxing himself into a TeaParty frenzy he won't be able to dig himself out of in the general election. Absolutely a mistake he will undoubtedly regret the day he gives his concession speech ... and every day after, I suspect.

    November 22, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Cedar Rapids

    He should have really stirred it up a bit and said 'oh Gingrich would be ok as VP'

    November 22, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Joe

    This guy can pander and weasel like no candidate I've ever seen before. And with his track record of flip flops why would anyone take seriously any "hints" that he drops on any subject? Give me a break.

    November 22, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Scott

    Hmmmm...New Hampshire Primary coming up and he selects a New Hampshire Senator as a possible VP! What are the odds???

    November 22, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Jacqueline Corbett

    Why would anyone believe anything that came out of Romney's mouth! He just quoted totally out of context what Obama said in his first campaign ad... and he's constantly shifting his positions to suit the situation. He is the worst of the worst when it comes to lying to the public.

    November 22, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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