Kelly Ayotte's daughter may not want her senator mom to run for president -- but it seems the 8-year-old girl has presidential hopes for herself.
“She came home one day and said, ‘Mom, I don’t want you to run for president,’” Ayotte said Friday at New Hampshire's Saint Anselm College during a forum featuring the state’s all-female congressional delegation.
“I said, ‘Kate, that’s not going to happen. Why are you asking me this?’” the Republican senator continued, according to the Concord Monitor. “She said, ‘You know what, Mom? Because I want to be the first woman president.’”
There have been rumors that Ayotte -- a junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire who was once considered a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney -- may run for higher office in 2016. But the 44-year-old mom insists that this is not the case.
"I think I’ll be campaigning for Kate Daley, my daughter, for president, that’s it," she said, according to NHPR.
Patch reports that half of New Hampshire's all-female delegation said at the forum last week that they'd "like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016."
"Run, Hillary, run!" declared U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter during a panel discussion.
Though Ayotte remained mum on the topic of Clinton's potential presidential bid, she did stress her belief that a female commander-in-chief is in America's near future.
"[A]bsolutely I think we’ll have a woman president, no question. I really think it’ll certainly be in my lifetime, if not soon," she said, according to NHPR.