Erin McPike reports on the possible ticket.
Romney aides say he genuinely likes Ayotte, too, and sees a lot of potential in her. At the very least, he’s been consulting her about the national security issues she’s focused on.
“Last time I saw him,” she said, “we were talking about foreign policy issues because of some things I’ve been working on on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and so those are issues I care very much about, and he’s very conversant in them, so we had a lot of back and forth on it, and I really enjoyed it.”
According to most polls, Barack Obama's strongest advantage over Romney comes on foreign policy.
It's not clear, though, if Romney thinks that's a big deal and weakness he needs to address. Voters might simply apply a "threshold" test to foreign policy in these economically troubled times.
That being said, McPike's anecdote firmly belongs in the rather large Veepstakes portion of the brain.