Republican Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senate Intel requests more testimony from Comey, McCabe MORE (N.C.) suggested that Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNew fears over Chinese espionage grip Washington Rubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development MORE (R-Fla.) could use "a little more experience" before being picked as Mitt Romney's presidential running mate.

Burr's comments were in response to a question on who Romney should pick for the vice presidential slot. Burr first listed Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (R-Ohio) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteHeitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP MORE (R-N.H.), as well as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Ayotte, like Rubio, is a freshman senator.

ADVERTISEMENT
"The conventional wisdom will tell you a Rob Portman out of Ohio. A longshot would be a Kelly Ayotte out of New Hampshire, where geographically there's not a huge number of electoral votes that come out of there but somebody incredibly capable, a female, a little different twist," Burr said in a radio interview with Charlotte, N.C., radio station WBT on Tuesday. "And then you could see something as generic as former Governor Pawlenty who brings his expertise and own experience in Minnesota."

Burr was then asked about Rubio, another name often listed as a top pick for Romney. Rubio is a Tea Party favorite who was elected to the Senate in 2010.

"We have qualified candidates, some are younger than others and many of the younger ones you'd like to see get a little more experience under their belt so that they pass that instantaneous test in their minds: could they be president tomorrow?" Burr said.

Earlier in the day Romney's campaign unveiled a new smartphone app for first announcing his vice presidential pick. Rubio, despite wide speculation that he would be asked to be Romney's running mate, has said he would not be picked for the job. Still, Rubio has made a number of campaign stops for the former Massachusetts governor over the past few months.