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
Mitt Romney Names Kelly Ayotte as Possible Vice-Presidential Pick
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. (Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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