Sununu: '19 or 20' names in the VP bowl
April 30th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Sununu: '19 or 20' names in the VP bowl

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) – The Romney campaign is considering about 20 names for the presumptive GOP candidate's vice presidential slot, said top campaign adviser and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu.

"I know that the bowl has about 19 or 20 little folded pieces of paper in it, and they keep shaking the bowl," Sununu told reporters in New Hampshire Monday.

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Romney is campaigning with one possible pick Monday – New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose November endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor gave his campaign conservative credibility in the early voting state.

Sununu said Ayotte is a "strong candidate" but comes with a negative: the fact that both she and Romney are from the Northeast.

Romney has appeared with a series of vice presidential potentials in recent weeks – fueling speculation over his eventual choice – but the former governor has said his search is still in the early stages. Longtime aide Beth Myers is heading that process.

Sununu downplayed a suggestion the Monday New Hampshire event could be a rehearsal for a Romney-Ayotte ticket.

"He's in a battleground state with a very important elected senator from a battleground state," Sununu said. "When he goes to Ohio he's got [Sen. Rob] Portman on the stage, and [Gov. John] Kasich on the stage. When he goes to Virginia it's [Gov. Bob] McDonnell. When you go to the battleground states you get as much of the powerhouses as you can on the stage."

The feisty politico declined to endorse any vice presidential candidate, joking: "I have learned a long time ago that sometimes my endorsements can doom somebody."

He predicted Romney would win New Hampshire by "three or four points" in the fall.

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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. rickp530

    Vote for Obama 2012.

    April 30, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Bill

    It will not matter who Romney picks, he still will lose in November. End of story. Start looking at 2016 GOP'ers.

    April 30, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "When he goes to Ohio he's got [Sen. Rob] Portman on the stage, and [Gov. John] Kasich on the stage. When he goes to Virginia it's [Gov. Bob] McDonnell."
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    Gov. Kasich will not help Willard get elected in Ohio. I doesn't matter if he has Portman on the ticket or not. Willard supported Kasich's union stripping bill which will guarantee him losing Ohio. As far as my state of Virginia, go right ahead and campaign alongside Gov. Transvaginal Ultrasound. That will certainly lose you the women vote.

    April 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The VP pick will tell us more about Mitt Romney than any of his stump speeches.

    Will he pick someone who is pragmatic, and able to reach across the aisle? He'd never do it, but he would win.
    Will he pick someone who is a hard line, no compromising conservative? Maybe, but he would never win if he did.
    Will he pick someone who is perceived to attract a voter demographic? Proabalby, and he will lose.

    Romney is a salesman. Going for the voter demographic fits his style.

    April 30, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Squigman

    Republican stratagist? More like a spin doctor, looking to gain advantage, regardless of truth.

    April 30, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. B

    It really makes very little difference who Romney picks, it will not help him win the election in the Fall, as someone referred to him as a Butter Sandwich...un unsalted Butter Sandwich.

    Romney has offered -no positive plans or ideas- except slash and burn the programs that help middle and poor Americans and their families.
    He is the icon for the privileged and has no empathy for people that struggle.

    Obama had it right in proclaiming Social Darwinism is what he is about, the powerful and wealthy take and control it all, and the rest are on their own.

    We had eight long years of that mentality under Bush and Cheney and now trying to recover from that- train wreck.

    April 30, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Those 19 or 20 names for republican VP are all superior to the personhood candidate himself, seriously conservative left leaning job destroyer, Mittens. And 80% of the GOP wishes they had another candidate, besides the Cayman Kid.

    April 30, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    I voted for Obama and really thought he could make a difference. He said all these great things...and now i hear excuses. The thing is...the same excuses that he is using, any single previous president could have used. Results not excuses. Romney seems results oriented and prob can take some real steps toward an american recovery.

    April 30, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. PJ/TX

    "...and they keep shaking the bowl". New version of Etch-a-Sketch?

    April 30, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Beverly - NYC

    19 or 20 names yeah right. Any serious name ( Pawlenty, Rubio, Portman, Christie) has already truned down the propect of running on this losing ticket. At this rate Mitt will need a hologram of Reagan, even he will say no thanks.

    April 30, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Sooooooooo – we'll get to see 18 or 19 more flip-flops (on this one subject along).

    ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

    April 30, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. luke,az

    Willard Robme the flip flopper is not a leader, at best he is a mediocre manager. President Obama is truly a leader for the 21st century. Intelligent,composed under pressure,eloquent, and nerves of steel. The Republican party is in trouble and they know it.

    April 30, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. NRC

    blah blah blah, same Obama supporters on here everyday...I don't give any credence to the opinions of people who are beneficiaries of entitlements. Of course you will vote lock arm with this current President. The silent majority who voted for Change in 08 and are not on Gov't support, will vote to change Presidents in November. He made me believe that he was different, but it turned out to be empty promises. He is just a politician.

    April 30, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Hopefully IF the people of this country have any sense at all and ask themselves what got us to the point of no return in the first place (republican policies) they will fully REJECT Willard and he will have no need of a vice presidential pick but this is an assumption based on rationality and sane people.

    April 30, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    @ Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    Recovery comes in ALL different shapes and forms. You do realize that right? Your "recovery" may not be what you wanted when Willard gets through with his "secret plans". Please keep that in mind when you're looking for change.

    April 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Jess C

    It's a "bowl" alright, the GOP toilet bowl.

    April 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Eri

    Romney's VP try-outs are actually starting to interest me. It's obvious he's appearing with these guys (and, in the case of Ayotte, 'gal') to see if the public reacts favorably to them. Rubio was a flop, and now it's on to Senator Ayotte... I wonder who'll be next.

    April 30, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    "Northeast Libruls. Us real Amurkins don't want that" As one after another of these prospective candidates says "no thanks" Mittens will end up having to bribe someone into being the vp candidate

    April 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Those 19 or 20 names I wonder if Palin is one of them, why not we could use another laugh.

    April 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I know that the bowl has about 19 or 20 little folded pieces of paper in it, and they keep shaking the bowl," Sununu told reporters in New Hampshire Monday.

    Indeed, Sununu. Mitt calls it his "Etch A Sketch" strategy....

    April 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. another1

    19 or 20 folded pieces ofmpaper in a bowl?? Is Romney going to pick his VP at random? Sounds like how they picked Sarah Palin for McCain.. Seriously GOP, you don't have a better way to pick a candidate than folded pieces of paper in a bowl?? No wonder they are going to lose again.

    April 30, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Thomas

    I can't wait till the GOP list gets down to Allen West as a VP possibility !

    Mitt Romney / Kid Rock
    How Cool is That 2012

    April 30, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Kenny K

    @NRC

    blah blah blah, same Obama supporters on here everyday...I don't give any credence to the opinions of people who are beneficiaries of entitlements. Of course you will vote lock arm with this current President. The silent majority who voted for Change in 08 and are not on Gov't support, will vote to change Presidents in November. He made me believe that he was different, but it turned out to be empty promises. He is just a politician.
    --------------------------------–
    Which promises did he make that he did not follow up on? Did you factor in all the effort that were sabotaged by GOP?

    April 30, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Stop the Charade

    Isn't this the guy that used to fly at public expense to attend auctions to add to his stamp collection? Just the man that you would want to be one heart beat away from running this country.

    April 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Pete

    None of these so called nominees have any foriegn policy experience,are not known outside of their state,a complete political farce...Most of them are teabaggers recommendations and Romney has to put with them like an abrasive mother in law,ya just put on an act till she goes home...He's moving farther away from his initial stances and is seen as erradic in his campaign style and message,because neither will stand up under the political microscope.He doesn't have the womens,gays ,seniors ,immigrents,college students and even some of the republicans, who see him as delusional in his political thinking.It's going to be very interesting in his first debate against a much more seasoned incumbent,he can't run on lies much like Bush did in his 8 year reign of incompetence.

    April 30, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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