A Rough Night for Kelly Ayotte

October 4, 2016 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

For Kelly Ayotte ’90, the home stretch seems to be an uphill climb.

Ayotte, the Republican U.S. Senator from New Hampshire featured in our Sept./Oct. issue, remains in a virtual dead heat with Gov. Maggie Hassan as she attempts to hold on to her seat. The candidates faced off Monday night in a televised debate, and Ayotte appeared to fumble her response to a question about whether she thought Donald Trump should be seen as a role model to children. On a relatively quiet day in the national campaign, it quickly became an unwanted headline:

The reaction was swift and overwhelmingly harsh for Ayotte, who has attempted to balance her party loyalty with concerns over her party’s nominee, and continues to maintain a stance of supporting but not endorsing Trump. With Hillary Clinton polling ahead of Trump in New Hampshire, and Election Day just five weeks away, it remains to be seen if Ayotte’s debate gaffe is one she can overcome, or one that might cost her the election.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor

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  • 1. Sherry Sauerwine  |  October 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Kelly Ayotte gave everyone a reason to not vote for her when she stated that Trump was a good role model for children. Seriously? The man is a liar and cheat in regard to business and he’s been a horrible husband who cheated on his wives and now his comments further demeaning women and basically admitting to sexually assaulting women with crotch grabbing shows him to not only not be a role model for kids but a loathsome human being who should be avoided by everyone.
    I’m embarrassed that anyone as shallow as Ayotte graduated from Penn State. She’s as embarrassing as Rick Santorum. Another PSU alum who appears to be bereft of brains.

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