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Because Ayotte is on the Senate Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, and Small Business Committees, she’ll have her hands in just about every major issue Republicans will be facing this year. She’s been front and center on the administration’s botched handling of the murder of our ambassador in Benghazi. “She really is a rising star in the Republican Party,” Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain told the Telegraph of Nashua, N.H. “I can see her being very seriously considered for both vice president, and certainly over time, for the presidential nomination. … Her rise in the Senate is probably the most impressive I’ve seen.” Ayotte has said she’s not interested in higher office, but there’s good news: Her 8-year-old daughter Kate wants to be the first female president.
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