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.

Also see:

Cain signs anti-abortion pledge


Cain, Paul crossed off for Iowa group's pres. endorsement


Who can make a difference in New Hampshire?

Bachmann's big upset prediction


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    yep I can see the un-employed corporations are people too mitt Romney as POTUS. He will send troops in to attack Iran...of course he may change his mind on that too, and sell off our country like he did the companies he bought back in the 80's and 90's. I think it's great that old Mitt a member of the 1% himself knows how it feels to be middle class and struggling while he's building a new addition to his California beach home. No thanks Mitt I think I'll pass.

    November 22, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Suzyn

    Romney is going to make a great president when he is elected in one year. It will be great to have an intelligent, successful, competent, leader/Commander and Chief in the White House. Romney will guarantee that our economy and country take the lead in the world again. Romney will make our great country, great again! MItt Romney for President in 2012!!

    November 22, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Ryan H

    it's the next sarah palin lol

    November 22, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    I think that as long as mittens is getting so far in front of himself, Pinnoccio would be about the best choice for a VP...

    November 22, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Roger

    The thoughts of any one of these republican buffoons becoming President is beyond ludicrous. The flip-flopping of Romeny, the hypocrisy of Newt, the phillandering of Cain, the stupidity of Perry, the radicalism of Bachmann, Santorum and Paul all make for quite a menu of the absurd. The only one of them with any real credibility is John Huntsman and he is just being ignored. I will be voting for President Obama because the thoughts of one of these jesters becoming President is too far beyond the pale.

    November 22, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    I think he should pick Paul Ryan.
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    Good thought, bad logistics. I think that ticket might be nicknamed the "Herman and Eddie" ticket. Non-starter.

    November 22, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. No More Lies

    A Romney GOP nomination = 4 more years of Obama... People wake up! It is more of the same old politics. If you vote for Romney, Perry or Gingrich and expect a different result, you are insane (ask the 12 steppers). If you want different, vote Ron Paul.

    November 22, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Jules

    Right – he really is shameless, isn't he? It will be interesting if he also names other people from primary states as part of his short list for

    November 22, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Maurice Johnson

    One good idiot deserves another...and the Republican madness goes on!

    November 22, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Rav4

    I saw the Sean Hannity interview. Romney did not pick a VP candidate, he said 'let me be the nominee first and then I will think about my VP candidate'.

    November 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. patNY

    Hmmm...all his potential choices appear to be manufactured as attempts to pander to and win a segment of the voting population..women, hispanics, partial amputees (I made the last one up).

    November 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. R

    Mitt, I like...however,..pandering to the ultra conservative fringe...bad move. Be proud of being moderate. The country YEARNS for Moderation....Until both sides of the aisle embrace some moderation, these stand-off tactics are keeping us from moving forward with dealing effectively with getting our economy back on track. Meanwhile, the ranks of the poor increase and the wealthy and corporate interests continue to get their way. Sign no pleges...answer to the people...REAL people and you will gather the support and hearts of the true Americans...you want some momentum?...ditch the fascists!

    November 22, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. dennis freeman

    It will be Christie, McDonnell or Daniels.

    November 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Rav4

    In the Sean Hannity interview Romney just said 'let me win the nomination first and then I will think about my VP candidate'. Taken-out-of-context discussion here.

    November 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. SaintM

    A page taken out of the McCain playbook: He's pandering to the women's vote especially, but to all the other voting demographics as well. That worked for McCain for about a month or so, then it fell apart.

    I'm sure his handlers thought it an excellent strategic move to float this info in an attempt to win votes by hinting who his VP choice might be. If his campaign peeps think they are being the vanguards in this very calculating move, then they are underestimating the voting public in the most insulting way.

    President Obama 2.0, 2012

    November 22, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. John

    Obama 2012 we are bterr of

    November 22, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    If Romney follows his own history he will change his mind tomorrow, so it doesn’t matter. But of course all the REpubterds deny the existence of history along with fact, science, and reality in general – unless it’s a fictional subject in their favorite “reality TV show”.

    November 22, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. maggie

    He wants New Hampshire THAT BAD! Pretty presumptious to start talking VP since his own party doesn't even want him.

    November 22, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. XYZ

    I am sorry the Mid Westerners and the Southerners did not give the Northeast a run for its money and belt the Eastern Establishment out. Most of these people have had a nano seconds worth of experience. Thank you Newt for being in there for us.

    November 22, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "You can expect to hear that phrase often tonight. Once again, one you will not hear will be "middle class.""

    No kidding. Funny though, you'll hear "Ronal Reagan" this that and the other thing though. Just watch. Currently, Newtered is in the lead for dropping Saint Reagan's name and I'll bet five 8-year-old janitors that Newtered drops Reagan's name all over the place when talking foreign policy and economics tonight. It's conservative ideologue red meat.

    November 22, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    That's a deliberate attempt to influence the vote in NH. Not too cool, Romney.

    November 22, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. d-dub

    Hey Obama is a closet Muslim, I can tell by your spelling that you watch fox news and that you are a tea bagger. its never to late to go back and get your GED

    November 22, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. MagicUnderpants

    Is Romney a Romulan? He has more of a Vulcan disposition – cool and logical. And he is Mormon, so he has that Magic Underpants thing working for him. Cain is a possible running mate – his underpants are reputedly magic as well ... at least that's what HE said ...

    November 22, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. K3Citizen

    Romney kisses way too much ass.

    November 22, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. sf

    people like "SUE" who posted on here...so delusional!

    from NH huh Romney? are you SURE about that? cuz tomorrow you'll have someone else in mind...you blatant flip flopper!

    Also, here goes CNN..if this guy farted they'd say his fart was his potential VP running mate! enuf with repubs and enuf with CNN garbage!

    November 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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