Mitt Romney Kelly Ayotte – Mitt Romney announced that Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Senator, could be his potential running mate in the 2012 GOP Presidential election.
The residential hopeful also named other “terrific Republicans in the Senate, in the House, in governors’ offices.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, the candidate said there are probably 15 names of people he would consider for the vice presidency if he should win the Republican presidential nomination.
Ayotte gave Romney a significant political endorsement over the weekend, telling the crowd at a campaign event that the former Massachusetts governor is the “one person in this field who is prepared to lead the United States of America.”
“Most importantly, there is one person who I know will ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term president, and that is Mitt Romney,” Ayotte said.
This isn’t the first high-profile endorsement Romney has landed.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — who many thought would seek the Republican presidential nomination himself — backed Romney in mid-October, saying “Mitt Romney is the man we need to lead America.”
His campaign had a video crew following the former governor this weekend to gather footage for his first advertisement. He wouldn’t share any details when asked about timing.
“As we get closer we will go up on the air. This is a calculation of how much money we have to spend and when is the right time to go up,” Romney told reporters.
Republican operatives here note that Ayotte is perhaps the most popular politician in the state, having won a resounding victory just one year ago. She brings a network of roughly 3,000 volunteers and 7,000 donors, according to Steve Duprey, a New Hampshire member of the Republican National Committee.