Romney to team up with possible running mate in battleground state
April 30th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney to team up with possible running mate in battleground state

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Could it be another try out for running mate?

One week after Mitt Romney teamed up with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, he will join forces Monday with Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, at a campaign event along the state's seacoast.

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Like Rubio, Ayotte is one of the people that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has said he would consider as his running mate on the Republican ticket.

Ayotte served as New Hampshire's attorney general before winning election to the Senate in 2010. She endorsed Romney last November and campaigned with him ahead of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary in early January.

Romney and Ayotte are scheduled to tour the Portsmouth, New Hampshire fish pier, where the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts is expected to talk about the economy.

The trip is Romney's second to the important battleground state in less than a week. Last Tuesday night, after sweeping five primaries, Romney gave a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire that was designed to mark the end of the battle for the GOP nomination and pivot to the general election contest against President Barack Obama.

Later Monday, Romney will head to a fundraiser in Boston, according to a campaign aide.

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Filed under: 2012 • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. NotFooledByDistractions

    Great, a team with zero foreign policy experience when foreign policy is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

    Exactly what I'd expect from the alternate reality of the romney camp.

    April 30, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Can't he find a Senator to be his running mate with more than 18 months of experience on the national stage?

    April 30, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. KC Yankee

    @ The Real Tom Paine:

    Probably not.

    April 30, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. KC Yankee

    What he's considering is a woman. Any woman who doesn't have gigantic liabilities (like not a brain in her head . . . see 2008) any woman who might be able to trick any other women into voting for the Republican ticket just for the historic excitement of finally electing a woman to that office. It's the same "reasoning" that McCain & Company used, except that he was stupid enough to think that it didn't matter what woman he picked. And I contend that if the economy hadn't collapsed exactly when it did (say 3 months later instead) Sarah Palin would be vice president right now.

    April 30, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |

    Sarah Palin 2.0. There goes Willard pandering again.

    April 30, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -KC Yankee

    @ The Real Tom Paine:

    Probably not.
    You're right, but it will fun to watch how many people shoot him down.

    April 30, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. B

    A lamebrain attempt to close the gender gap.

    April 30, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    He's trying out these potential VP's like we would try on a pair of shoes, except that in this instance Romney is the one getting discarded. The chorus of "Not Me!" fromthe potential VP gallery has become deafening.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 30, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Sorensen

    Ms. Ayotte actually looks like an intelligent and nice woman. Unlike most repuplican women, who look angry, mean,
    frustrated and very unhappy, and most of them have good reasons for that. Just wait till Ms. Ayotte gets to know

    April 30, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    These attempts by Rmoney to pander to all the groups his GOBP cult has attacked are really pathetic.

    April 30, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. JohnReedjr

    If anyone happens to check the factual record she was at best a mediocre AG without much elan. She was so milk toast that she was left in office when a Democratic Governor took over. The incidence behind her getting appointed by probably the worst governor in NH history are curious also.

    April 30, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    KC Yankee
    And I contend that if the economy hadn't collapsed exactly when it did (say 3 months later instead) Sarah Palin would be vice president right now.
    I disagree KC. Sarah AND John's deficiencies in governing were too up front and center for the voters to ignore. She came across as vacuous, self-centered, ignorant, and just really plain stupid. John McCain came across as indicisive, lacking in judgement, bitter with a just a hint of dsimissive racism (remember "That One"?). Remember that Obama won by a landslide NOT a squeaker. And he will again.

    April 30, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |