Ayotte to join Romney at July 4th parade
July 3rd, 2012
10:12 AM ET
6 years ago

Ayotte to join Romney at July 4th parade

(CNN) – Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire lawmaker sometimes mentioned as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, will march in a July 4th parade alongside the presumptive GOP nominee in her home state Wednesday, a Republican source confirmed Tuesday.

Ayotte and Romney will march down Main Street in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where Romney has been spending some time away from the campaign trail at his lakeside vacation home.

Last week Ayotte indicated in an interview she was "focused on representing New Hampshire," without saying whether she had begun a vice presidential vetting process with Romney's campaign staff.

In an interview with the Boston Herald published in May, the junior senator floated the idea of debating with Vice President Joe Biden, saying she would find the situation "quite enjoyable."

Ayotte said she "would love" to go head-to-head with Vice President Joe Biden on the rising federal debt.

"The vice president does have a way with words," Ayotte joked, according the paper.

Ayotte's July 4th appearance with Romney was first reported by the Boston Globe.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • Veepstakes
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    So Romney is going to New Hampshire for the 4th? I hope someone told him that the "shot heard round the world" did not happen in New Hampshire. It seems some GOPers are a little confused about that. History, math, and, well, just facts in general are a bit of a mystery to the right. LOL

    July 3, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. truth hurts

    I hope Kelly Ayotte gets NH firmly in the Romney column. That should be job number one for her.

    July 3, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Darryl

    Ayotte for V.P. ? she is a joke !

    July 3, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |

    I think he should run with Joseph smith ,the morman cult leader and go to their special planet ,no taxes there .or health insurance.

    July 3, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Dee

    Has anyone ever thought about the Secret Service cover of Romney and his whole family and how expensive it would be to the american people.

    July 3, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. John

    Rising debt was caused by the 1% and the wall Street boys. They destroyed the economy and not to mention 2 wars and a 2 trillion dollar tax cut to the millionaires and Billionaires not paid for by the GOP. You know the party that cares so much about the debt. GOP are all smoke and mirrors. They do not care about anyone but the 1%........

    July 3, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Core republican Values

    As a New Hampshire voter who supports caring for my neighbors and access to health care, I'm not impressed with Ms. Ayotte's decision to walk side by site with Romney, who has pledged to fight health care. I'd like to see someone else representing our state who will represent our values.

    July 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Bristol

    I thought Romney and his sons would be celebrating the 4th in Paris where Mitt bravely served during the Vietnam war.

    July 3, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boy Mittens is trying on potential VP candidates like I'd try on pair of shoes before BUYING them; yet unlike Mitt I don't have any problems finding many that fit, complement me, and make me look even better!
    Good luck with your shopping Mittens.
    Obama 2012. Because Mitt is not a good fit.

    July 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    If Ayotte is such a good VP choice, how come John McCain didn't pick her in 2008?

    July 3, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |

    Just how Joe dismantled Palin, he'll do the same to Ayotte. She has no foreign policy credibility to take seriously, while on the other hand, Joe Biden is not just the Vice President, but he used to be the Chairman of senate Armed Services Committee. He has more foreign policy knowledge in his little pinky than Ayotte has in her skull.

    July 3, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. 2020

    Sarah Palin version 2. Good try!

    July 3, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bachmann is going to be so jealous.

    July 3, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Has anyone ever thought about the Secret Service cover of Romney and his whole family and how expensive it would be to the american people
    Wow! That's a sobering thought.
    Along those lines....who would be the First Family if in fact hell froze over and he became President. Would it be Ann and her 5, big, strapping, we-don't have-to-serve sons? What about any other wives he might take on? How would that work?
    Just wondering (tee hee! wink!).......

    July 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. w l jones

    The Ari, for Vp.

    July 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Nice. Kellster and Willard the Tax man - goes against the live free or die license plate meme they've got in NH. Willard and his tax mandate.

    July 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Thomas


    I love the way Democrats are so smart and know it all, even Obamacare yet these are the same people who over and over again keep writing that Romney got out of serving in the military showing that Democrats don't know that President Bill Clinton got out of going to Vietnam in 1968 through a political influence who was the US Senator Clinton was an aid to and then he said he would join the ROTC and he didn't. So why should anyone listen to Democrats that this Obamacare is really good for us when you are clueless of Democrat history?

    Hey MyView , Bill Clinton isn't running for President. Also , Bill Clinton doesn't have five sons who avoided voluntary military service in Iraq or Afghanistan . Imagine having five sons and none of them went in the milatary during a time of conflict , you ever here of the "Sullivan Act" . How many Americans volunteered during WW2 , not one Romney !

    July 3, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. California Gary

    This would be "Palin lite"..........is Romney really that stupid? By the way.......not long after Romney slammed the president for a golf outing, he heads off to his lake front property and tools around on his jet ski.......his hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    July 3, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess Mitt Romney's big donors like Welch will have to reign him in, because he's still pallin around with amatuers. This woman's Senate seat isn't warm yet, she just got it, Obama and Biden will drill down on Romney and Ayotte so hard it will make their heads spin.

    July 3, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. v_mag

    The name "Kelly Ayotte" reminds me of "Wiley Coyote". Wonder if she gets that alot (or Ayotte). Anyway, she hasn't much of a shot at the VP slot, since she's from NH, next door to MA, and the rule says she has to be from a different part of the country in order to pull in voters Rob-money would otherwise lose. He could rely on her for the ignorant Repugnant women's vote, but he already has that.

    July 3, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |