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Ayotte plays up VP qualifications
Senator says she is more qualified than Obama
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, eyed as a possible running-mate pick for Mitt Romney, said on Sunday she was more qualified than Barack Obama was in 2008.
"I have, some would say, better experience than Barack Obama had when he was a senator, having been the chief law enforcement officer of my state, (then) to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee," Ayotte said on NBC's "Meet The Press."
Before winning her Senate seat in 2010, Ayotte served as the state's attorney general for five years. She was a major surrogate for Romney on the campaign trail and has appeared with the former Massachusetts governor at several events during the primary season.
Ayotte said Sunday she was "honored" to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, but asserted her "focus is on serving New Hampshire." She pointed instead to other potential contenders, namely Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
"There are so many good candidates," she said.
When looking for a running mate, Ayotte added that Romney should consider not only the person's geographic background, but their "qualifications and knowledge of the issues."
Last week, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney supporter, said Ayotte is a "strong candidate" but argued the fact that both she and Romney are from the Northeast could be a disadvantage.
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