New Hampshire Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length MORE (R) says that while she can "work with anyone," she will vote for Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE for president.

“While he has my vote, he doesn’t have my endorsement,” Ayotte told CNN’s Manu Raju Monday. "There’s actually a big distinction. An endorsement is one where I’m out campaigning with someone. I’m going to continue to focus, really, on my race.”


Ayotte said her first priority remains New Hampshire voters, even if it brings her into conflict with Trump or other lawmakers.

“Whether I have his endorsement or not, it’s going to be about calling it like I see it for the people of New Hampshire,” she said of Trump.

Trump had previously demurred on endorsing the reelection bids of Ayotte and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Mark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) before deciding to back their campaigns.

Ayotte added she would cooperate with Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGorsuch rejects Minnesota Republican's request to delay House race Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Nevada: poll The Memo: Women could cost Trump reelection MORE should she win the presidency instead of Trump.

“Absolutely, but I’ll work with anyone,” Ayotte said.

Ayotte is widely considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the race to preserve the GOP’s Senate majority.

Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan said on Monday that Ayotte is trying to please every side when discussing Trump.

“She is trying to have it both ways,” said Hassan. "I don’t think any elected leader who is supporting Donald Trump for the presidency should hold office."