Sununu: '19 or 20' names in the VP bowl
April 30th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
8 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. Gurgyl

    No matter who is vp, bain-capital has no chance. Obama12.

    April 30, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. sjlucas

    God I hope Sarah Palin's name gets drawn out again. That was awesome. But wait ... maybe Michelle Bachman would be an even bigger disaster. Oh no, Rick Santorum and his ability to alienate about 99% of all women voters could also be a great choice. But what about Newt and his "mine the moon" strategy? Wow ... so many winners. No wonder they have such a big bowl.

    April 30, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Any of them will be better than Crazy Joe Biden. The guy is going senile right before our eyes. Obama better get him checked out base don some of the crazy stuff he says these days.

    April 30, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Obama supporter turned Romney supporter
    Romney seems results oriented and prob can take some real steps toward an american recovery.

    Depending on what day of the week it is, what demographic he's talking to, and/or what issue he's addressing, Mitt "seems" to be one thing or another to a great many. What he actually stands for, and thus, how he'll actually govern is generally considered to be the bigger debate. So far, Romney's losing that debate, not only to himself, but millions of Americans who, like me, are scratching our heads over Mr. I've Got All The Answers Without the Solutions Mitt Willard Romney.

    April 30, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. John, PA

    And any / all of the 20 will be hands down better than Joe Biden.

    April 30, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. the Situation

    Oh God! Another rehash from policies that didn't work for America.

    April 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Lolo

    The VP choice has to decide whether they want to be seen with Mitt because it is either going to help or damage their careers. I can not believe that he has 19 or 20 choices? I guess it is hard for the flip-flopper to even decide on his VP pick. Like we have all said before no convictions or backbone.

    April 30, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. darl

    Sununu is a Lier,and a Dinosaur in Politics!!! Go home to your rocking chair sir, your washed up!!! LOL

    April 30, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Kenny K

    Siince all recent GOP nominees have run on their own or families' military service experiences, it is going to be tough for them to use military experience this time around.

    April 30, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. harvey 60

    Kelly Smells-A-Lot: smells a lot like Palin, who called her a "Mama Grizzly" LOL! Smells a lot like Sununu – her husband is a small business owner, Romney wins and her family gets a huge break on their taxes. Don't see the connection? Sununu balanced the NH budget while he was Governor by moving millions in federal Medicaid funds into other accounts in the state budget to make it look like he balanced the budget. Hey, Big Sununu, did you ever cut a check to the US Treasury for the free plane and limo transportation from DC to NY while you were Bush the First's Chief of Staff? No, didn't think so, you're a crook just like Haldeman, just a different kind of crook.

    April 30, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    KennyK wrote:

    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......
    Do you know what most wealthy people call their capital gains checks? Entitlements.

    April 30, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. lies from the right but mostly hate

    What's Sununu on? Crack or crystal meth. What a doucebag

    April 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. gg

    some people can,t wait to get back to the republican crash and burn money scams on wall street ,the banks, housing,and for those states that depend on war -military industrial complex–would like another run at it –they really don,t care what it cost

    April 30, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. AmericanPeasant

    Mitt can't afford to be picking between these senators that have only been in office since 2010. It will seem too palin-esque if he does. The real VP shortlist should be down to Condi Rice, Jindal, Santorum, Newt, Paul, or Huntsman. We can all ready rule out Newt and Santorum as far too crazy do be a serious VP. Huntsman is a good candidate, but a double mormon ticket would be disaster, plus Huntsman seemsl ike he will run in 2016, so I am sure he doesn't want to kill his own ambitions.

    Paul, Jindal, or Condi would be the most ideal choices. All experienced with moderate leanings. Paul and Condi bring foreign experience and popular foreign policy ideas to the table. Jindal has dealt well with epic disasters like BP oil spill and cleaning up after Katrina. Only problem is the three aren't particularly skilled debaters or speakers, btu aside from that they should be the only real choices for Mitt. Anyone else is political suicide.

    April 30, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Pete

    You republicans are thinking Romney will produce,but you can't be more wrong.Romney and his arrogence would hit a political roadblock,much as Pres.Obama is fighting now.He'd try,but wouldn't suceed in his quest to help the upper class,the money or people in Super Pacs that got him there.Politicians are old men and women condemned in their political thinking till wheeled away to the nursing home or grave.New politicians are held to the old game plan or sent packing because of their unexperience or cooperation.To the newly elected politicians and Romney, its the old guard who rules the roost,plain and simple,leave your morals and conscience at the door...

    April 30, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Babs

    R.Money could Joseph Smith or Brigham Young and he'll still lose to Obama. People just don't like R. Money.

    April 30, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Laverne

    This guy is lying, there are not 19 or 20 names in the hat! Hell, half of them declined on national TV because they don't want to be associated that closely because they know what we all know, MITT ROMNEY IS GOING TO LOSE! They are afraid of committting political suicide. Mitt Romney is taking referrals though!

    April 30, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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