Romney: Ayotte Could Be VP NH senator 'one of 15 names,' he says By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Nov 22, 2011 5:00 AM CST 22 comments Comments Kelly Ayotte participates in a news conference with fellow senators at the US Capitol earlier this year. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Asked if he had anybody in mind for VP if he won the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney said "I have no names for you, it’s presumptuous, I’m not the nominee," before naming one name: Kelly Ayotte. Romney said the senator from New Hampshire, who endorsed him over the weekend, was just one of probably "15 names of people," ABC reports. "We have a deep bench,” Romney said. “This year is really exceptional and whoever our nominee is will be able to choose a remarkable, superb person to be the vice presidential contender." Ayotte, who joined Romney for part of an interview on Fox's Hannity, offered a few more names for him to consider, saying Marco Rubio would be an "excellent choice," and also suggested Paul Ryan, Bob McDonnell, and Susana Martinez.