WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Making her first appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, said she is more ready to be president than Barack Obama was when he was a sitting senator.
"I have, some would say, better experience than Barack Obama had when he was a senator and ran” for president, Ayotte told David Gregory.
The freshman senator and former attorney general for New Hampshire, Ayotte said having served as the "chief law enforcement officer" of her state and on the Senate Armed Services Committee has given her that experience needed to be president – or perhaps vice president.
New Hampshire's junior senator has been discussed as a potential vice presidential pick for the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. Asked whether she would "like to be on the ticket" with Romney in November, Ayotte didn't shut down the idea.
"Well it's an honor to be mentioned in that vein but my focus is on serving New Hampshire and there's so many good candidates out there that Gov. Romney has to choose from," Ayotte said, recalling the names of two fellow senators, as well -- Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio. "So he's got a lot of great choices."
Last week, Romney held an event with Ayotte in Portsmouth, N.H. which was viewed by many as a tryout of sorts for the no. 2 spot on the Republican ticket.
This morning speaking on Decision 2012 roundtable at Meet the Press, Ayotte said Romney must choose a VP with whom he is comfortable, who is ready to serve as president, and who brings to the ticket not only geographical benefits but also knowledge of the issues.