Romney tosses out the name of a potential running mate

posted at 5:50 pm on November 22, 2011 by Tina Korbe

So far, all the GOP candidates have played coy about whom they’d consider as a running mate — but frontrunner Mitt Romney finally mentioned a potential by name in an interview on Fox News last night:

“There are probably 15 names of people, including (New Hampshire Sen.) Kelly Ayotte,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News Monday night. “I mean, there are terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors’ offices.” …

And while Romney was hesitant to list any more possible VP contenders, the candidate said there’s no short list of potential names.

“You’ve got extraordinary men and women,” Romney said. “We have a very deep bench.”

As it turns out, Ayotte was sitting next to Romney during the interview — and, this weekend, she also threw her cachet as a conservative darling behind the former Massachusetts governor in a much-coveted endorsement. So it’s plausible that Romney mentioned her by name to be polite.

But that still doesn’t change that hers was the first name Romney pitched — or that it reflects positively on Romney’s understanding of the sort of person he’d need to pick to reassure nervous conservatives. I’ve only met Ayotte one time — in the bathroom at the Ronald Reagan National Airport, on my way back from the second presidential debate in New Hampshire — but I’ve been impressed by the positions she’s taken on a number of issues and especially by her “no” vote on this summer’s debt ceiling deal. It wasn’t a good deal, whatever Republican leadership said about it, and it took courage and fortitude for any freshman to vote against it.

Strategically speaking, Ayotte wouldn’t grow Romney’s map much, as she, too, is from a Northeastern state — but she would diversify the ticket. She’s also composed and well-spoken, two of the most essential traits for a vice president, however much our present VP lacks both composure and eloquence. She’s also just flat-out likable.

Ayotte herself suggested a host of other possible VPs to Romney. They were all names we’ve heard before, but with good reason: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Because the Senate elections are every bit as important as the presidential, I’m nervous to see the eventual GOP candidate select a freshman senator like Rubio or Ayotte — but am reassured that it is, in fact, a truth that, when it comes to vice presidential candidates, we do, as Romney said, have a very deep bench.


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Meh.

ddrintn on November 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Ron Paul will beat him anyways so he doesn’t even need a running mate.

http://race42012.com/2011/11/22/rumor-ron-paul-leading-iowa-in-poll-tomorrow/

Paul leads Iowa with 25%

Spathi on November 22, 2011 at 5:53 PM

but am reassured that it is, in fact, a truth that, when it comes to vice presidential candidates, we do, as Romney said, have a very deep bench.

I guess, the presumption is that the presidential bench isn’t very deep. Good one, dude.

Strategically speaking, Ayotte wouldn’t grow Romney’s map much, as she, too, is from a Northeastern state

It’s the 21st century. Who cares about where 2 people are from? I don’t get how this matters. Must vote for XX cuz he’s from my state?

lorien1973 on November 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Great, but I’m still not voting for Romneycare…

Neo-con Artist on November 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I’ve only met Ayotte one time — in the bathroom at the Ronald Reagan National Airport, on my way back from the second presidential debate in New Hampshire —

I thought Ed wrote this and I was like…. what????

El_Terrible on November 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Names like Ayotte, Rubio and Martinez……. These are people who just got their current job. Can we let them……. Do something first?

I`m perfectly willing to wait for Haley/Rubio: 2020!

ThePrez on November 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Romney/Jindal, Romney/McDonnell

therightwinger on November 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Marsha Blackburn! Choose Marsha!

MJBrutus on November 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

El_Terrible on November 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I admit, when I read that I had to look up at who the author was! lol

ThePrez on November 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

“I’ve only met Ayotte one time — in the bathroom at the Ronald Reagan National Airport…”

I had to double check and make sure Allah didn’t write this post…

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Wait, I thought Romney moved to New Hampshire a few years ago, didn’t he?

galenrox on November 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

But frontrunner Mitt Romney finally mentioned

Point of order – is he really the frontrunner?

Chip on November 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is the one to watch.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

As it turns out, Ayotte was sitting next to Romney during the interview

There it is…just being polite.

cartooner on November 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Kelly Huntsman is heartbroken…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Rubio and Jindal are not natural born Americans. If that’s what you want, you already have your guy.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I do not want Romney even if Moses is his VP!!!!

purgatory on November 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Boy, I thought Bachman was his choice. Oh, well, so much for the rumor mill. It doesn’t make any difference who he chooses, I still won’t vote for him.

BetseyRoss on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Meeting politicians in public bathrooms is hardly something that should be mentioned. It just doesn’t sound right. Did she ask you to spare a square?

keep the change on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Strategically speaking, Ayotte wouldn’t grow Romney’s map much, as she, too, is from a Northeastern state — but she would diversify the ticket. She’s also composed and well-spoken, two of the most essential traits for a vice president, however much our present VP lacks both composure and eloquence. She’s also just flat-out likable.

And her husband flew combat air missions over Iraq.

Read her resume, she’s got quite an impressive record as NH Attorney General.

If she doesn’t get the Veep nod, she would be a great Attorney General for whichever Republican wins. She would in fact be the perfect AG to go after the out of work O’bama and Holder!

Del Dolemonte on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Ha ha, the effort to field Palin wannabees continues. It didn’t work in GOP primaries and it won’t work in the general. People want the real deal, not some pale reflection.

promachus on November 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM

lorien1973 on November 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

But would you ‘hit’ it…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM

purgatory on November 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

+10000.
I cannot, could not, will not vote for Romneycare, even if he is the only candidate still running when the primary hits my state. I will vote 3rd party, and am still debating whether or not to vote for him in general. May not if there is a strong indie candidate running.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is the one to watch.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Heh. Bob wants to be VP a little too much for my taste.

Punchenko on November 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

So a blatant liberal picks a conservative VP and we’re supposed to get excited? Does anyone remember the same game played by a RINO named McCain? How’d that work out for the conservatives.

Manure doesn’t make acceptable candy -even if you add a lot of sugar to it.

Don L on November 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Stir the pot, Mitt!

Mitt Romney/Maxine Waters ’12!

Limerick on November 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

If she doesn’t get the Veep nod, she would be a great Attorney General for whichever Republican wins. She would in fact be the perfect AG to go after the out of work O’bama and Holder!

Del Dolemonte on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Maybe. Guiliani should be on everyone stort list for AG though. He would prosecute obama and holder to the fullest extent of law, considering what they have done.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Sign of weakness to leak a name this early.

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Maybe. Guiliani should be on everyone stort list for AG though. He would prosecute obama and holder to the fullest extent of law, considering what they have done.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

LOL, knowing Rudy he would probably go after Hillary too.

Del Dolemonte on November 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Naw, he, will pick a Southerner. Newt, however, could very well pick her.

ladyingray on November 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

In your dreams, Romney!

FloatingRock on November 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I had to double check and make sure Allah didn’t write this post…

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Do beta-males get a pass?

karl9000 on November 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Great geographic pick… Massachusetts and New Hampshire…

Not likely… and Mittens doesn’t even have the nomination yet…

Cheeky… VERY cheeky…

Khun Joe on November 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Maybe. Guiliani should be on everyone stort list for AG though. He would prosecute obama and holder to the fullest extent of law, considering what they have done.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

After seeing one candidate after another go down the drain, this idea makes me feel good about the world and hope for the future.

redeye on November 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Kelly Huntsman is heartbroken…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Do you mean Tim Huntsman, or are you talking about one of his daughters?

FloatingRock on November 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Perhaps it would have been more lady-like to state that you first met Senator Ayotte during a lay-over at the Ronald Reagan National Airport. Y’know, might not need to specify that it was in the lavatory.

Women.

Jeddite on November 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

. “I mean, there are terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors’ offices.” …

Name one….

repvoter on November 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I wouldn’t vote for Romney/George Washington. Besides, President Washington would never agree to it and Romney would never accept second billing.

FloatingRock on November 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

More importantly, did Ayotte fake a pregnancy, or kill animals from Helicopters?

portlandon on November 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Do you mean Tim Huntsman, or are you talking about one of his daughters?

FloatingRock on November 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Hillary Huntsman…

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I want Maw Maw Grizzly..:)

Dire Straits on November 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM

A woman? The media have to warm up the smear machine again.

Little Boomer on November 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Rubio would be the only reason I would vote for Romney, but he wouldn’t take it. If you ever hear Rubio speak you will never forget it. He is the epitome of what we need as a leader.

volsense on November 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

“I’ve only met Ayotte one time — in the bathroom at the Ronald Reagan National Airport…”

I had to double check and make sure Allah didn’t write this post…/

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I guffawed when Tina then said she’s been impressed by her positions ever since.

Basilsbest on November 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I will withhold comment until we know what books and newspapers she reads.

rjoco1 on November 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Rubio would be the only reason I would vote for Romney, but he wouldn’t take it. If you ever hear Rubio speak you will never forget it. He is the epitome of what we need as a leader.volsense on November 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

And a very strong supporter of Romney.

Basilsbest on November 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

WHO??????????!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Speaking of Mittens,er,I
mean Utah!!
==================================

US Department of Justice sues Utah over immigration law – @TPM
20 Min.ago
**********

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Ayotte is more conservative than Romney, and was endorsed by Sarah Palin last year, but shouldn’t we look to someone with a higher profile with more experience?

Rubio would be a much better choice, if he is eligible under the “natural-born” clause in the Constitution, but recent questions about his family history (whether they fled Castro) actually bolster the argument that he IS eligible. Rubio was born in Miami in 1971, to Cuban exiles who first arrived in the United States in 1956. This would provide a 15-year period for his parents to become naturalized citizens before his birth.

Although Rubio has the same length of experience in the Senate as Ayotte, he has a much higher profile, and would certainly help Romney win the crucial state of Florida.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would also be a good choice–he is very popular in his state, and since VA governors can only serve one term, if elected VP he would only miss one year of his term. He would help Romney in the South and among conservatives.

Steve Z on November 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Kelly is mega-popular in NH. I was on her bandwagon early. She was a great candidate, and has proven to be a great senator.

Its funny though because she did have a “Tea Party” challenger, who lost a gubernatorial race and a congresisonal race by double digits. It didnt stop the purists though. Kelly had the support of the NRSC. And Ovide was the outsider, so in the spirit of Buck and Angle, a machine went into overdrive to label a liberal and RINO at every turn, making her something she wasnt.

Remember it well because thats when I realized Tea Party “True Cons” jumped the shark. Many of the same ones joined the Romney Derangement Caucus.

swamp_yankee on November 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

As it turns out, Ayotte was sitting next to Romney during the interview — and, this weekend, she also threw her cachet as a conservative darling behind the former Massachusetts governor in a much-coveted endorsement. So it’s plausible that Romney mentioned her by name to be polite.

Duh. Bingo. Much ado about nothing.

But that still doesn’t change that hers was the first name Romney pitched — or that it reflects positively on Romney’s understanding of the sort of person he’d need to pick to reassure nervous conservatives.

First name he mentioned here. I don’t believe it’s the first name he has ever mentioned.

Because the Senate elections are every bit as important as the presidential, I’m nervous to see the eventual GOP candidate select a freshman senator like Rubio or Ayotte — but am reassured that it is, in fact, a truth that, when it comes to vice presidential candidates, we do, as Romney said, have a very deep bench.

I wouldn’t worry. I think he’ll go for another Governor. And yes, it’s a deep bench. Personally, I would prefer that Senators go on to be Governors before they run for the White House. Legislating is not governing. Dittos for members of the House (hint hint Michele Bachmann).

Buy Danish on November 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

The former half-term governor of Alaska’s twitter feed bust be burning up right now! :D

benny shakar on November 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Meh.

ddrintn on November 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

So concise. So elegant.

So exactly-how-I’m-feeling.

tom on November 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The former half-term governor of Alaska’s twitter feed bust be burning up right now! :D

benny shakar on November 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Come back when you make sense….

idesign on November 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

No

HondaV65 on November 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Rubio would be the only reason I would vote for Romney, but he wouldn’t take it. If you ever hear Rubio speak you will never forget it. He is the epitome of what we need as a leader.volsense on November 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

And a very strong supporter of Romney.

Basilsbest on November 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Nobody’s perfect.

tom on November 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I don’t care if it’s Romney/Zombie Reagan. I don’t want this guy on the ticket in 2012.

ReaganWasRight on November 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Many of the same ones joined the Romney Derangement Caucus.

swamp_yankee on November 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Never heard of that one. I presume you mean the group of people who think Romney might win an election.

tom on November 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The former half-term governor of Alaska’s twitter feed bust be burning up right now! :D

benny shakar on November 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I love how she lives Rent-Free inside your empty head…

Speaking of Dim Bulbs, O’bama set an alltime record in 2008-he got 70% of the High School Dropout Vote.

No Presidential Candidate had ever done that before-closest was Algore in 2000, with 61%

What Party do those two have in common?

Del Dolemonte on November 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM

swamp_yankee on November 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Just more delusional strategy from Romney.

First – he expects to waltz to the nomination by the Conservatives splitting the vote for him and he wins with … tada! TWENTY FIVE PERCENT SUPPORT.

Nope – and Gingrich is already proving that that strategy is assed out.

Second – pick another Nor’east RINO for his ticket? Dumb … Dumb … Dumb.

If he wants Conservative support (and believe me – he’ll eventually want it) – he’d better pick a Rubio or a Jindal or someone from the geopolitical center of the GOP universe (The South).

HondaV65 on November 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

More Romney fail.

ElectricPhase on November 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM

HondaV65 on November 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Jindal seems to be okay but Rubio has a strong stench of RINO. Didn’t he allow his chief of staff to move Florida primary up? He’s one of them.

promachus on November 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Mitt Romney/Claire McCaskill!

They’ll leave your seat wet!

SouthernGent on November 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Romney had also mentioned Rubio, McDonnell and Christie as potential Veeps.

http://gop12.thehill.com/2011/07/romneys-veep-short-list.html

Mister Mets on November 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Steve Z on November 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Rubio was born in Miami in 1971.

Despite the crap served up by the birthers, that makes Rubio Constitutionally qualified to be president. He’s at least 35, and a natural born citizen. “Natural born citizen” simply means “citizen from birth,” and Marco Rubio is one (as is Barack Obama.) Parental citizenship status is irrelevant (as is their legal immigration status – whether we like it or not.)

Anyone who believes differently, find a federal court — any federal court — in the US that will agree with you. I don’t care what president nominated the judge; the rulings will be 100% in favor of eligibility.

See, e.g., Chester Arthur, whose father was an Irish citizen until Arthur reached the age of 14 or 15. Somehow, he still managed to be elected as Vice President, and served as President.

notropis on November 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Hahahaha!!! NOTHING Romney does will be good enough for that certain group of malcontents who placed their money on the horse that lost and pray daily that the country burns to the ground so they can feel better! Meanwhile, the huge majority of the GOP will be perfectly happy with Romney beating Obama in 2012.

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM

If he wants Conservative support (and believe me – he’ll eventually want it) – he’d better pick a Rubio or a Jindal or someone from the geopolitical center of the GOP universe (The South).

HondaV65 on November 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

No one believes you because as we have se4n over the last 8 months, you have been wrong about EVERYTHING. The GOP will support Romney. You and those who think like you, are the smallest portion of the tiniest iota of a minority in the GOP that it is laughable that you believe otherwise.

lol

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM

This is pandering to NH primary voters. She’s been in the Senate for how long? Naw. Not fooled Romney.

conservative pilgrim on November 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Point of order – is he really the frontrunner?

Chip on November 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

The MSM says so, so it must be the case.

CurtZHP on November 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM

If Ayote is behind Romney, she is no conservative..

Won’t change my mind either.. Not voting for Romney, period.

Romney will say anything to get elected, in a nice easy used car salesman kinda way.

kringeesmom on November 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Sign of weakness to leak a name this early.

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Yeah, not to mention a bit presumptuous.

And I also noticed the geographical problem. Two on a ticket from, not just the Northeast, but both from New England? Please, never going to happen. This is pandering to NH for votes.

INC on November 22, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Early primary… NH, where it might not be a lock for Romney any more, and anyone within 10pts of Romney will be considered doing well. Within 5pts a virtual win. By doing nothing but campaigning there, expectations are raised.

Dropping the name of a popular NH politician as a VP possibility.

Who is sitting right next to you.

Panderific.

ajacksonian on November 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

As much as I hate to say this, I’ve got to hand it to Romney. This actually was a fairly astute political move. Allow me to explain.

Romney is well aware that he lacks any conservative credentials whatsoever, thus potentially alienating the entire base of the Republican party. In order to bring these people on board in the general election he will have to add a conservative to the ticket to shore up the base. This has been the prevailing wisdom all along, so picking Kelly Ayotte would be probably be well received by the recalcitrant base, much as McCain choosing Sarah Palin revived his campaign’s lackluster hopes.

Why is this an “astute political move”? Because Romney does not actually name the Senator from New Hampshire as his running mate. He simply gives a big nod in her direction, thus allowing the media to make the connection and run with the story prior to tonight’s debate, potentially giving Romney some momentum coming in to the debate.

Its a win-win, and the optics are great. Since Romney absolutely has to win New Hampshire, potentially choosing their senator to be his running mate would go a long way to sew that up.

Since Ayotte is somewhat conservative, the mutinous base could perhaps be brought back on back board, albeit begrudgingly, like Captain Bligh’s crew when they had to return to the Bounty after basking in the graces of their Polynesian hosts.

However, once Romney clinches New Hampshire in the primary, all bets are off as to whether or not he will choose her. Romney’s pick will be on the basis of political expediency, not Constitutional or philosophical integrity. Of that we can be certain.

ariel on November 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Geography? Please. We had Clinton from Arkansas and Gore from Tennessee, next door neighbors – somehow they managed to win twice.

We had Dubya and Dick, both from Texas (I know – Dick switched back to Wyoming just to be Constitutionally safe) – somehow they managed to win twice.

We have Obama, from nowhere, really, and Biden, from practically nowhere….

Geographic balance ain’t what it used to be.

I don’t think Mitt would take Ayotte, either. The only way Mitt’s conservative is in how he runs his campaign – can’t get more textbook, paint-by-numbers, follow the handlers and focus groups, do nothing risky. Should he get the nomination, he’d want McDonnell, or John Cornyn, or Jim DeMint, or Tim Pawlenty – probably wouldn’t even risk a Jindall or a Rubio or a Haley.

He might even be tone-deaf enough to pick Kay Bailey Hutchison….

notropis on November 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM

am still debating whether or not to vote for him in general. May not if there is a strong indie candidate running.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Er, you purists tried that in 2008. See where it got us? Any RINO is better than Obama.

YehuditTX on November 22, 2011 at 8:13 PM

lorien1973 on November 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I wouldn’t vote for someone because he was from my state, but I would feel more familiar with the candidate, which might make me more likely to vote for him. Of course, that is probably true for all 50 states, so there would only really be an advantage if it were high in electoral votes.

DrMagnolias on November 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Does Ayotte support Mitt’s weak, close-to-Obama’s, “$200K=rich” tax plan?

mankai on November 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Meh.

ddrintn on November 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I second this. In fact, this pretty much sums up how I feel about this entire primary.

NoLeftTurn on November 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Now if he can just find a descendant of William Tecumseh Sherman to tease as Secretary of Defense he might just make a clean sweep in the South.

/sarc

Knott Buyinit on November 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

The former half-term governor of Alaska’s twitter feed bust be burning up right now! :D

benny shakar on November 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Ernesto called and wanted to know why you haven’t picked up his dry cleaning yet.

Mr. D on November 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

The GOP will support Romney me, John McCain!! You and those who think like you, are the smallest portion of the tiniest iota of a minority in the GOP that it is laughable that you believe otherwise.

lol

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM

lol

ddrintn on November 22, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Sign of weakness to leak a name this early.

rrpjr on November 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

100% correct……..the flailing around has begun.

Get your popcorn as the D.C. establishment are about to get _____________ slapped by the Conservative GOP voters.

PappyD61 on November 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

am still debating whether or not to vote for him in general. May not if there is a strong indie candidate running.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Er, you purists tried that in 2008. See where it got us? Any RINO is better than Obama.

YehuditTX on November 22, 2011 at 8:13 PM

“Purists” my ass. They were probably just about all McCain had left after all those broad-minded moderates jumped ship for Obama.

ddrintn on November 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Anyone but Rubio is a stupid move.

angryed on November 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Two New England Republicans?

Yeah, that ticket is going nowhere, and I live in Massachusetts.

Romney: Now confirmed to be trying to win the nomination so he can lose the general worse than John McCain.

BKennedy on November 23, 2011 at 12:39 AM

I smell “token” here. Of course it won’t matter who Romney picks for VP unless we are counting in him dying early in his first term. Still won’t vote for him.

Extrafishy on November 23, 2011 at 5:57 AM

in = on

Extrafishy on November 23, 2011 at 5:58 AM

I will vote 3rd party, and am still debating whether or not to vote for him in general. May not if there is a strong indie candidate running.

ConservativePartyNow on November 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Every citizen should not feel bad about voting their conscience.
Question is, do you want to make a statement if that time comes, or do you actually want to remove the Communist in the White House?
Bcs perversely, I’m almost all for Obama the Destroyer getting another term.
Bcs I don’t believe enough Americans, Indies & Democrats & Conservatives alike, have come anywhere near learning their lesson.

Badger40 on November 23, 2011 at 7:27 AM

TMI Alert:

” I’ve only met Ayotte one time — in the bathroom at the Ronald Reagan National Airport,…”

patch on November 23, 2011 at 7:43 AM

No wonder she hearted Mittie and gave him her endorsement a couple days ago on Hannity radio( I think). Honey, he’s just pandering for your love and the votes from your state unless he really is McLame reincarnated. Just look at those photos side by side.

Kissmygrits on November 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Doesn’t really matter to me who he picks. If he gets the nomination the Republican party can take him and shove him where the sun don’t shine for all I care. I will seriously vote for Obama instead just to get the charade over with and accelerate our collapse. Romney can’t save this country, maybe just slow the end by a couple months.

jollycynic on November 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Some of you are completely missing what was written…Romney being considerate, as any of your candidates would do, mentioned her name as one of MANY he could choose from especially with her sitting right next to him.

g2825m on November 23, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Hahahaha!!! NOTHING Romney does will be good enough for that certain group of malcontents who placed their money on the horse that lost and pray daily that the country burns to the ground so they can feel better! Meanwhile, the huge majority of the GOP will be perfectly happy with Romney beating Obama in 2012.

csdeven on November 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Good luck to him, he’ll get there without my support. I’m tired of being told I HAVE to vote for a democrat who calls himself a republican just because the more honest democrat (if only because he calls himself a democrat) is so much worse. It has nothing to do with what he MIGHT do as president, it has everything to do with what he HAS DONE already. I’m sure Mitt is a nice enough person, for a democrat, but I will only vote for conservatives that act like conservatives. Especially when they think no one is looking. The excuse that he was governor of a blue state and therefore had to act like a democrat no longer cuts it with me.

Call me all the names you like, this wasn’t an easy decision for me at all. Oh, and I just love it how you think the guy who lost to McCain just 4 little years ago has any chance at all of beating the guy who beat McCain like a drum. Regardless of who he picks as a running mate (yeah, I voted for Palin, not McCain….it didn’t work).

runawayyyy on November 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

ajacksonian on November 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Precisely. I think Mitt is in trouble, if he has to drop Ayotte’s name as part of his “gotta win NH, which everyone said I was a shoe-in for” strategy at this point.

cs89 on November 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Tina, was she going number one or number two?

Mark V. on November 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Mark V. on November 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

She was fixing her makeup and hair, you silly boy! :-)

Mary in LA on November 23, 2011 at 4:03 PM

…I just love it how you think the guy who lost to McCain just 4 little years ago has any chance at all of beating the guy who beat McCain like a drum. …

runawayyyy on November 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

This is a very good point — are there enough “hold my nose and pull the (R) lever” types now to get Romney over the top in 2012, when there clearly weren’t enough to get McCain over in 2008? I’m betting that the number is actually smaller now.

Mary in LA on November 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM