Romney to appear with possible VP pick Ayotte in New Hampshire
April 28th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney to appear with possible VP pick Ayotte in New Hampshire

(CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to the campaign trail on Monday after taking the weekend off, and for the second week in a row will appear alongside a potential vice presidential pick, his campaign said Saturday.

Romney will appear with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a native of the New Hampshire who has backed him and is seen as a rising star in the Republican party, at an event in Portsmouth.

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The former Massachusetts governor could be seen as test driving possible running mates in a series of campaign trail appearances. Last week, Romney campaigned alongside Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in Pennsylvania; both states are November battlegrounds.

And ahead of the primary in Wisconsin earlier this month, Romney campaigned with Paul Ryan, the popular representative from the state who is especially influential as chair of the House Budget Committee.

The upcoming visit to New Hampshire’s coast will be his second stop in the state in a week. While votes were tallied and reported in five states last week, Romney rallied supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, at an event designed to mark his pivot from a primary election focus to the general election.

Romney last campaigned with Ayotte ahead of the New Hampshire primary in January. In a television interview after a campaign stop, Romney was seated alongside her, and aknowledged that she would be among the Republicans worthy of consideration for his number two spot.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. gg

    mitts foreign policy is shipping jobs overseas and replace them with food stamps,and the stamps are only temporary

    April 28, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. DaninNH

    As an NH native I can tell you this woman, 1st term senator, is way to extreme on social issues, on fiscal issues (she was one of a handful in Congress who voted "Yes, let the U.S. default on it's debt instead of raising the debt ceiling), has ZERO foreign policy experience, ZERO national government experience. She's a Palin repeat. I doubt Team Romney will pick her.

    April 28, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Ayotte Turns Blind Eye to Goldman Sachs’ Misdeeds

    New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte has raised $1.3 million in campaign contributions from the finance, insurance, and real estate industries.Why Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Republican cohorts .... trade-in as credit derivatives using one company called Goldman Sachs. .... These are bad people doing bad things,

    Romney / Ayotte

    April 28, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. David

    I think romney will pick the guy from ohio state for vp.

    April 28, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. B

    Here we go again, I think we have seen this movie before....

    It really does not matter though who he picks for a running mate, it is HIS lack of understanding the most important aspects of being President and that is – PEOPLE !

    Romney is a Robot in a business suit.

    April 28, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. NotFooledByDistractions

    Ooooo, I hope there's video! That way we can see how long it takes Romney to lull that group to sleep like he did with the college kids at Otterbein. I'm sure the crowd is looking forward to a rousing lecture on office supplies.

    BTW, just being on a stage with a woman doesn't help – the problem is the policies romney supports regarding womens issues. He may as well bring a blow up doll for all the difference it would make. Wait...the blow up doll would probably make the rally at least somewhat interesting.

    April 28, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    Mitt, you haven't a clue,....about much. Just any woman, just any hispanic, just any....teapublican, will not bring you votes. You are asking us to vote for YOU. And, right now, because you are afraid to talk to ALL sides in the media, and remain in the thrall of the "dark side" (aka Karl Rove, off-shore bank accounts, money, money, money and, most sadly, Fox News) you will remain a mystery and that is why most of us will NOT vote for you. YOU are the one who is running for pres. (Not your wife, either). Right now, I can't determine what your goals are. I don't want to hear your blah, blah, blah about how Obama is destroying America,.... I want to hear how you will govern, what you think about all issues facing us and above all WHO the heck you are. Attack, attack, attacking someone else does NOT cut the mustard anymore. Rove is a wanna-be important guy who never has ever been elected to anything imbelicle, Fox News is just as bad, and the Tea Party is beyond comprehension for most Americans. Get real, or, is that beyond what you are and can do? NO ONE KNOWS,....not even your own proclaimed Republican Party. And, personally, I can't relate to your wife, either. She is about as clueless as you seem to be. Tell us more about how you will govern without flopping around. It is so sad to see such incompentance in what used to be a pretty great party. Not so much and maybe, never again.

    April 28, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    Imbecile,..correct spelling for Karl Rove. Seriously, polictics should not be so hateful but, because of this man, it has become liars first and cheating til the cows come home to get to some goal.....Some goal if that's what you have to resort to. Americans deserve a lot more honesty and hard work from politicans NOT the crap that has been our lot.

    April 28, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Debbie

    The latest VP possible to be trotted out by Romney. This one is for the female vote. What Romney doesn't get is that to win he needs a moderate Republican, no ties to GWBush, and someone who could be President of the US. Ayotte is far from moderate and not ready to be President of the US.

    April 28, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. jane

    Try again....it's not about picking a token..Mitt it's about your policies and flip flopping on EVERY issue

    April 28, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Dave

    Romney has saved companies without goverment bail outs. Obama bailed out companies with our taxes and they still went bankrupt and people lost jobs.

    April 28, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Novote4republicants

    Oh no, not the McLaime strategy again. The Obama re-election is sure to win in November. Obama2012

    April 28, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. WhereIsPalin

    "is seen as a rising star in the Republican party".........what does it take to be a rising star in the GOP?

    April 28, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Texasman

    The best choice for Romney's VP would be former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for following reasons:
    1. She is highly respected for her integrity.
    2. Her vast foreign policy experience.
    3. She would take away the race card from Obama that Obama  is already playing against Romney.
    4. Helps with women voters not only because of her gender but her recent advocacy of education as a priority.
    5. She would be first woman and African American VP.

    April 28, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. sickofitinca

    This is NOT his pick. It would be ridiculous to have two people from the same section of the country to run together. Get a clue, he is trying to distract Obama and see what horse apples they throw at her. Let's see if he continues his war against Republican women.

    April 28, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Sydnium S. Wellington

    Oh, goody. Our FIRST female VP (if she gets selected and elected)
    My big dis is I don't know her yet.

    April 28, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. dan5404

    I never even heard her name until this story. The new campaign slogan could be: "The beauty and the robot"

    April 28, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. gg

    the middle class as far as romney knows makes between 1 million to 5 million a year, below that there called poor people

    April 28, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is little that he can do to make women really respect him because he and the GOP have not helped women. Look at what they have done in the House and what Romney doesn't seem to understand. His wife can't really help him win over women for the election.

    April 28, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. Ambrose Smith

    Why doesn't he choose Palin??? LMAO!

    April 28, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    He needs her maybe to get votes in her Home state for himself. After that to be his VP no chance look at her bio.
    Cmon CNN before long toy will have NAMED ALL HOUSE REPS ALL SENATORS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND SOME GOVERNORS AS WELL SO YOU CAN CLAIM WE SAID IT SOMETIME AGO!! WHOEVER IT HAPPENS TO BE.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 29, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. packerfans

    Mitt pick up VP Paul Ryna best chance than Vp Women this time. Look Mccain has Vp Women could not beat Obama!! Mitt save your second term for Vp Women if you wanted or not!! Go Go Mitt win on November!!

    April 29, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt McCain and Snooki Palin 2.0.

    April 29, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ayotte could not possibly be a valid VP choice. Why? Because she is smarter than all the hopefuls combined, plus Willard! We saw what happens when the Veep is smarter than the President (Reagan, Bush II) on the Republican end.

    April 29, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  25. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    For some reason CNN removed a comment similar to this from yesterday:

    If the GOBP would like an example of the proper use of the word "pathetic" (which the GOBP is turning into a meaningless cliche) here goes:

    Rmoney's "test drives" of various unqualified VP candidates in an attempt to pander to women and Hispanics is both transparent and pathetic.

    April 29, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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