(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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Two silver spoons, clueless on the needs and desires of the working poor of our once great nation.
I have to admit that some of the right that come here and defend Romney and the GOP while bashing Obama are HAILARIOUS. When I see such statements it just lets me know how the once proud GOP is in the sad shape it is today with such rhetoric and ideology. Pander to non-facts, half truths and innuendoes. FoxNews has ruined a once decent party.
@Four and The Door
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., ...said Republicans offered their colleagues a revenue compromise that Democrats demanded, but he said in a statement that Democrats refused to agree to any meaningful deficit reduction without “$1 trillion in job-crushing tax increases.” This is why the Supercommittee failed.
Read the details of Toomey's "compromise". It was closing of what he called loopholes but in reality, it didn't close loopholes for the high-rollers. Democrats wanted to close real loopholes AND lose the Bush tax cuts for the rich. He didn't offer a single cent in increase in tax rates for the wealthy although they enjoy the lowest rates in 30 years – at a time when both entitlement cuts AND tax increases are required to reduce the deficit. Please... no more trickle-down economics crap. That is the Republican mantra but isn't supported by history. They had the Bush cuts when the economy went down the toilet. They had low rates when Ronald Reagan's spending drove us downhill – and caused George Sr. to call for a tax increase. Your "job creators" simply shipped the jobs offshore and spent their mega-millions on toys.
"I mean, there are terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors' offices." Come on Mittens, no one in their right mind would ever think, let alone say something like that silly. Oh, but I nearly forgot, you believe you are a member of the middle class too... just like the rest of us with $200,000,000 in the bank!
I heard Sarah Palin is available
Joe the Plumer a good choice for fliping Mitt........
...Read the details of Toomey's "compromise". It was closing of what he called loopholes but in reality, it didn't close loopholes for the high-rollers. Democrats wanted to close real loopholes AND lose the Bush tax cuts for the rich. He didn't offer a single cent in increase in tax rates for the wealthy although they enjoy the lowest rates in 30 years – at a time when both entitlement cuts AND tax increases are required to reduce the deficit.
Tax increases are the last thing the federal government and our economy need right now. If taxes increased $500 billion I guarantee you the Democrats would increase spending $500 billion, probably $600 billion because of the increased confidence that they could get more tax hikes.
It has to stop. Look where we are. $15 trillion in debt. The economy is in the dump with corporate tax rates where they are now, which are the highest in the world. Game over. November 2012. It's time to start managing our federal government.
Four Door: “$1 trillion in job-crushing tax increases.”
If tax breaks resulted in job creation, then why haven't the last 10 YEARS of tax breaks resulted in jobs HERE IN THE U.S.?
And if taxing corporations kills jobs, then how do you explain the 40-year economic expansion 1940-1980, when corporate taxes were much higher than they are now?
You really need to wake up and admit that the American corporations that keep yammering on about needing more tax cuts have been using their extra cash to ship American jobs overseas and have no intention of creating jobs here.
She is the beast from hell. Judging by her little reign of terror in the New Hampshire as attorney general she is one unethical and dishonest piece of work.. Wasting millions of taxpayers money pushing for the death penalty in a state that has not put anyone to death in about 70 years. Destroying her email two days before leaving office then trying to put it off limits under some inane memorundum placing deleted emails off limits and no longer subject to disclosure. I can't think of many things more frightening than a Mormon and a Catholic ideologue in the White House.
Once the public gets a good look at Romney's record of cannabiizing companies, laying off workers and pocketing the profits to increase his fortune, they'll not want to vote for him. The man is a soulless corporation in a suit with all the warmth of a Macy's mannequin. He'd be a horrible President.
What a maroon. Picking Ayotte, or even hinting at picking her, is about as bad as McCain picking no-name Palin (who turned out to be an idiot, by the way). Ayotte herself named other folks who are way more qualified than she is for the position of vice-president. Mitt has enough issues as it is without picking a no name.
I retract all former statements of suppport for Mitt Romney.
Ms. Ayotte has acted in crimes.
Time for Mitt to leave the scene, no Christian Republican will vote for him. If he was a true leader then he would not be second every time you look at the polls.
Kelly Ayotte acted in violent crimes against persons of Jewish ancestry in NH.
She ordered her state troopers to harass, intimidate civilians in NH.
Do not put her into a vice presidency.
She is deadly.
*** "You've got extraordinary men and women," Romney said. "We have a very deep bench." ***
Yeah, the question is why the starting lineup is so pathetic.
You right-wingers are so delusional, it would be funny if it just wasn't so pathetic.
A deep bench, right. The GOP junior varsity lineup can't compare with Obama this election cycle. Evangelicals won't come out in droves for Romney because of the Mormonism xenophobia they have. They also won't come out in support of Newt because surprisingly he has a more tattered personal life than Clinton. Which leaves them to support the least knowledgeable of the "deep bench" Bachmann, Perry, or Cain. Paul is the best one pursuing the nomination but he'll be torpedoed by the establishment.
You right-wingers are so delusional, it would be funny if it just wasn't so pathetic.
The only pathetic thing we are all watching right now is the Kabuki Dance Obama and his Democratic die-hards are trying to play out pretending that his 15 minutes aren't over yet. He lost it long ago. It's over. Just enjoy the last 13 months on your way out. We can recover from this mess. But getting this ineffective administration out of Washington is the first step.
Now Mitt's is getting a little ahead of himself. He should announce the Luck Charms leprauchan as his running mate. He could pull a fake bible out of his hat like Joseph Smith Jr.
Mitt Romney is such a phony, his political positions have been all over the place. Nobody from either can trust anything he says because he constantly changes like the wind. I remember even at one debate back in the 90's with Kennedy how Romney threw Ronald Reagan under the bus and now he claims how great he was. Which is it? One minute Romney is pro-choice then he's pro-life, now he's a so called moderate, again which is it? Romney will say whatever he thinks people want to hear to the time as he only cares about votes and power. Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann made Mitt Romney look like a fool. Romney takes first prize for the biggest loser in the race 2nd is Rick Perry. Many Independents like myself flat out reject Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. I think Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann both won this debate. Newt Gingrich lost me with his amnesty approach to immigrantion and his support for the Dream Act which the American people especially us Independents also flat out reject and the fact that Newt wants to put Social Security on the stock market. I think that the Democratic Party should convince President Obama to step down and convince Hillary Clinton to run in his place for President in 2012. I know that if President Obama is running in 2012 he will probably lose because he lost Independents like me.
It would be so cool for Mitt to win!!!
I KNOW he will resurrect American Motors and bring back the Rambler in honor of his dad. Imagine driving a Rambler……..when you turn the car on it automatically plays Christian music ONLY!!!!!!!!!
Newt can be Secretary of Defense……………ahhhhhhhhhhh…I can see it now………..there's a Nuclear Winter in our future……….oh praise Jesus………!
Sorry Chalk White,.. You'll get now where near the throne.
Dude, lets do a reality check.
You are second place among the GOP candidates Mr Romney.
Calm down your ticker tape parade. You haven't won anything yet.
A big chunk of your party seems to be looking for any candidate who isn't you. And right now, the not-you is Newt Gingrich.
You sir, need to figure out how to win them over, before you start celebrating.
I do not care for Mitt Romney once again, and this is just another John McCain and Sarah Palin moment, read the article and you will see why, The woman even looks like Sarah Palin a little, Were in trouble if Romney wins the nomination, You can all just know that obama will win reelection if Romney wins the GOP nomination.
No comment! because this is aint news! its just the Utah circus clown doing the usual political gymnastics "Backward flip! and shout where is Sarah!, followed by forward flip twice and land on Kelly Ayottes back, twist right towards teabaggers once! followed by double right twist towards establishment clapping for Rove. Finally slide slowly forward towards fox news entrance and make more flip, fllops jerking your jaws!!